January 9, 2012

BUDGET: Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, which is Malaysia’s capital, was our hub and jump off point to Singapore and Cambodia with its varied transport connections.

Our itinerary looked something like this: CLARK, PHILIPPINES TO KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA via AirAsia; KUALA LUMPUR TO SINGAPORE VIA SLEEPER TRAIN; SINGAPORE TO MELAKA, MALAYSIA VIA SLEEPER TRAIN; Melaka to Kuala Lumpur via VIP bus; Kuala Lumpur to Siem Reap, Cambodia via AirAsia; Siem Reap to Kuala Lumpur via AirAsia; Kuala Lumpur to Clark via AirAsia.

That’s a total of 6 stamps crowding our passports just for entering and exiting Malaysia alone for this trip. And below are the corresponding expenses for those stamps.

This budget is per person with the overnight accommodations and meals shared between two people. Travel was September 13; 16-17; 20-21, 2011 and Malaysian Ringgit (RM) to Philippine Peso then was roughly pegged at Php15.

left-luggage in KL Sentral operates from 8am to 1030 pm, it cost us 13RMB for 3 bags

Airfares via AirAsia (2 flights) P2,500.00
Philippine Travel tax P1,620.00
DMIA Airport’s Terminal Fee P600.00
Meals P3,057.00
Accommodations (2 nights KL, 1 night Melaka) P3,515.50
Inland transportation (cabs, bus, MRTs, private car pick up) P2,655.00
Miscellaneous (hotel wifi access, souvenirs, luggage allowance/left luggage fees, maps, entrance fees, tips, souvenirs) P1,817.50
TOTAL P15,764.50

And the biggest chunk of our budget goes to accommodations and food, glorious food!

This is a part of our Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia series from September 13-21, 2011.  To read more of this series:

3 countries in 24 hours - Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore
Night train from Kuala Lumpur to Singapre
Transit and sleeping in Melaka, Malaysia
DIY Melaka Heritage Trail
Jonker Walk Night Market in Melaka
Useful Tips when visiting Batu Caves
Great architecuture at Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur

Sightseeing with Duck and Hippo Tours
DIY walking tour of Singapore's Chinatown
Sri Mariaman Temple - the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore
The very impressive Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
DIY walking tour of Little India
Kampong Glam - the Arabian side of Singapore, also called the "Muslim Quarter"
Singapore night shots


  1. I got distracted with the Philippine travel tax amount. Hahaha! I could understand why food just ate/eats a huge chunk of your budget. I miss Southeast Asia gastro adventures!

  2. Eating well is always big on our agendas hehe!

    That travel tax, ugh!

  3. we're also going on our singapore-malaysia trip end of this year. we got promo fares on our clark-singapore and KL-manila trips. our plan is to go to Singapore first, go by land to Melaka and return to Manila via KL.

    May I know what hostels in Malaysia and Singapore did you stay? We're thinking of staying at Rucksack in Sing but still no place to stay in Melaka and KL. Would you have any suggestion?

  4. Hi Batangala! We stayed here in Melaka and we loved it--- http://www.lakwatserangbayong.com/2011/11/selamat-malaysia-transit-and-sleeping.html

    Sa KL, we stayed at Tune Hotel by the KL airport as we have an early morning flight scheds to Siem Reap and the Philippines. We have yet to come up with our review on it but it was very clean and convenient. Would love to stay there again:-)

    Hope this helps!

  5. Breakdown of expenses! This is what I need! Thanks MJ for sharing. :)

    1. You're welcome Jaypee! Happy to share! Goodluck on your planning and have a safe and fun travels!:-)

  6. All expenses are worth it if you enjoyed your trip so much..

    1. True that! A case of losing some, but winning some more:-)

  7. Questionpo, kaya po ba ng half day or less yung Batu Caves?


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