It’s not a real vacation if we don’t travel abroad in 2020. Many places visited by Indonesians such as Singapore, Phuket, Krabi Island, Thailand, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Vietnam, Australia, Korea, and so on.
Even though there is one place that is very easy to visit and for budget problems it is not much different when traveling in the country. Malaysia, is one of the countries that we can visit as a backpacker alone or on a family vacation. If you have been to Singapore, please also complete it to visit Malaysia.
Besides that, for you MotoGP lovers, it is not complete if you haven’t watched it live in Malaysia. If it’s from Indonesia, it will be cheaper to estimate the cost to watch in the Sepang area, Malaysia.
Access to Malaysia is also very easy, if you live in Jakarta, of course, there will be many planes offering flights to Malaysia. If you live in Batam, it’s even easier to just cross the sea for an hour and arrive in Malaysia.
Vacation for 3 days 2 nights in Malaysia is more than enough. The budget that will be issued is the same as for us on vacation in Indonesia, no more expensive than the city of Yogyakarta and slightly cheaper than Bali and Lombok, almost the same as Bandung.
So before leaving for Malaysia, first consider 10 backpacker tips for Malaysia without an expensive budget. Especially if this is your first time backpacking experience, whether with friends, groups or alone.
1. Find cheap flights to Kuala Lumpur International Airport
First, look for cheap tickets via plane. Besides deciding to leave, you also have to know when to come home. It’s better to order round-trip plane tickets while in Indonesia to make it safer. However sometimes there are cheaper tickets when booking in Malaysia.
Many promo tickets are offered by various airlines. Especially if the only destination is Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. You can get flight ticket prices starting from IDR 200,000 for a single trip if it’s a promo or more.
Flight tickets traveling from anywhere, Surabaya, Jogja, Aceh, Jakarta, Medan, and any city will usually have lots of promos for Malaysia. Usually there are also kaskus forums, facebook community backpackers, and blogs that provide information about the costs involved in going to Malaysia.
In addition, there are tour packages that provide complete trips with details of costs and routes to be visited. However, look at your travel agent’s review before buying.
2. Booking hotels from Indonesia in the KL Sentral or Central Market area
Arriving at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, take a Skybus bound for KL Sentral. Lodging in Central KL, there are hotels, hostels, homestays, guest houses, and so on, which range from IDR 75,000.
If you want to go to other lodgings, you can visit the UFO Capsule Hotel, Container hotels, Hotel Arenaa Mountbatten, and so on which are quite cheap.
3. Bring your own food such as rice or rice cooker to make it more economical
Backpacker vacations are synonymous with cost-effective yet fun. For matters of eating, it is better to bring supplies from Indonesia. Although the price of food there is also relatively cheap and delicious.
Take it easy, there are quite a lot of halal food there. Bring rice and a small rice cooker if you are traveling with your family. This is quite a way to save your vacation.
4. Still want culinary? No problem
3 days 2 nights don’t spend it eating supplies, there are times when you have to go around the city and taste the culinary delights. Kuala lumpur has many special foods that are certainly suitable on the tongue of Indonesians because the seasonings are not much different.
There is a central market that sells local and halal food such as at Nasi Kandar, Resto Babah Yusoof, Roti Naan, and others. After tasting the food, it’s best to sip coffee and tea at Hawker Stalls.
There is also a cheap and delicious restaurant, Madam Kwan’s Restaurant. By late afternoon, take a walk while filling your stomach on Jalan Alor. This is a busy culinary area until midnight.
Apart from Kuala Lumpur, you can also take a trip to Ipoh, the capital city of the Perak part of Malaysia which has Malaysian street food in Ipoh. To get there, use a tour guide if you don’t feel confident walking to Ipoh.
5. Take a sightseeing trip using the MRT or bus
No need to worry about transportation in Kuala Lumpur. There you will find a lot of Bus or MRT. While traveling, you will pass various roads in Malaysia that you have never known.
One that is commonly used by tourists is GO KL where this bus does not need to pay if we ride it. We just need to study the bus map to know where we can get on and off. You can visit Legoland Malaysia which is an amusement park in Malaysia.
6. Tour to Putrajaya
Putrajaya is the capital city of Malaysia, there are many interesting buildings for us to capture the moment. How to get to Putrajaya? You just need to take the KLIA Ekspress train and get off at the Putrajaya station and pay 14RM.
Besides trains, you can choose bus transportation, namely the Seightseeing Bus at a price of 15RM. Putrajaya presents a shopping center, parks, lakes, government buildings, mosques, unique bridges, and so on. You can see Malaysia from its capital.
7. Don’t forget to take a photo in front of the Petronas Twin Towers
It’s not complete if you don’t visit the Petronas Twin Towers, which are Kuala Lumpur’s landmarks. There is no need to pay for the photo in front of it, you only spend money on transportation. To get there, you only need to pay for the MRT from KL Sentral by 4RM.
The Petronas Twin Towers were recorded as the tallest buildings until 2004. You will also have the opportunity to go up to the towers and will find beautiful views. This building has 88 floors. Wow, it’s cool!
8. Visit Batu Caves
After the Petronas Twin Towers, continue to Batu Caves which is a holy place for Hinduism. When there you will be greeted with quite a lot of stairs. What’s even better is that it’s free to visit.
You will find a 50 meter high Murugan statue. Besides the statue, you will find a cave where there are still many wild monkeys roaming around.
9. Don’t carry too much cash
When in Kuala Lumpur, you shouldn’t have to carry a lot of cash. As a true backpacker, bring enough cash to avoid over-budgeting.
But don’t forget to bring a card with a mastercard. Not for shopping, but just in case of precarious conditions when there are expenses outside planned. Don’t let the itinerary fail immediately because of excessive spending.
10. Capture the moment in Penang or Street Art in George Town
Finally, a tourist spot that you must also visit and only exist in this country is Street Art in George Town in Penang. Many buildings are European style but also like a place that has lots of stories from the pictures on the walls of the buildings.
This lively and unique painting became known in 2012 and we can take pictures together as if we are interacting with the painting. There are 22 painting objects that you can capture in your own style.
For your convenience when walking and taking pictures, it’s better to come in the afternoon. Penang is a place that is still bright at night so you will be comfortable there. Apart from paintings, there is also the Penang Time Tunnel. Art Street Murals, Upside Down Museum, and so on.
Those are the 10 backpacker tips to Malaysia without an expensive budget and make your vacation exciting. Having a vacation to Malaysia is not enough for only 3 days 2 nights. If there are more days, sail to Langkawi Island which is an island in the country of Kedah Darul Aman and also Pinang Island.
In addition, there is also Melaka on the Malaysian peninsula which is famous for its nasi lemak. Then Malaysia is divided into several regions that you can visit. Kuching, as one of the tourist attractions close to Pontianak and Singkawang.
If you are traveling to Kuching, don’t forget to visit the Kuching Grand Mosque, Main Bazaar, Fort Margherita, Kuching Orchid Garden, Kuching Waterfront, Sarawak Old Museum, Chinatown, The Esplanade Kuching, and so on.