First of all, let me insert this blog post about my recent trip in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last September 21 to September 24, 2013. My FB friends are interested to know the total expenses I had for my first out of the country trip. This is a gift for myself as a celebration of 4 years in blogging and online work. 🙂
After few months of receiving my passport last February 2013, I never thought I could go out of the country within a year. Thanks to Cebu Pacific for its PhP199 fare and to Metrodeal for the 3D/2N at Ibiz Hotel with City Tour & Transfers for P2999 plus 5 peso single transaction fee online banking. For Metrodeal, the requirement is minimum of 2 persons per room so I tagged along a blogger friend. We added an extra night and paid for P1500.
Our original flight should be Cebu – Kuala Lumpur – Cebu but suddenly a week before our flight, Cebu Pacific e-mailed me about the changed schedule to CEB – MNL, MNL – KL and going back KL – MNL, MNL – CEB. Having a connecting flight is very tiresome. Refer to the image below to see the expenses I had at the airport.
Few days before the flight, I bought some dollars at East West Bank for $102 with the exchange rate of PhP44. Later on, it was changed to Malaysian Ringgit. Refer to the image below to see the details.
If you would really like to stick on spending your pocket money, then here’s a suggestion. Our transportation would only cost us MYR 14.4 for a 4D/3N stay because our hotel was just a walking distance going to Titiwangsa Station. Our only means of transportation was only train/MRT/LRT in going to additional itineraries on our list. The tour guide/driver only fetched us during the half-day tour, hotel and airport transfers which was part of the package.
Based on other reviews that I’ve read, you can really spend less than MYR 15 for lunch and dinner a day if you are really good on spotting cheaper dishes. During the tour, our driver only spent MYR 3 for lunch. We had our free breakfast at the hotel. We were into KFC and McDonald’s for lunch or dinner which were quite expensive. If you could save a lot on your food, then you can spend a lot on shopping for souvenirs.
However, I withdrew MYR 50 on the first night since Money Exchange was already closed on a late evening with a certain withdrawal fee. I had my excessive spending on chocolates, coffee and some few souvenirs in Beryl’s Chocolate, Jadi Batik and China Town. I withdrew another MYR 50 with another withdrawal fee then swiped and shopped ’til I dropped in Berjaya Square Mall. I also paid a baggage fee going home from Manila to Cebu. Visa Debit usage was in Philippine Peso when I checked my balance online.
So, here’s the detailed expenses for my trip in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I hope you will find this blog post helpful. 🙂
Here’s the full itinerary of our trip:
|6:00 AM||MEET UP AT CEBU SOUTH BUS TERMINAL|
|6:15 AM||MCIA CHECK-IN|
|8:25 AM||DEPARTURE TO MANILA|
|10:10 AM||MANILA ARRIVAL|
|TAKING BRUNCH AT BURGER KING|
|2:10 PM||DEPARTURE TO MALAYSIA|
|4:55 PM||MALAYSIA ARRIVAL in LCCT|
|5:55 PM||MEET UP WITH OUR TOUR GUIDE/DRIVER GOING TO IBIZ HOTEL|
|7:00 PM||IBIZ HOTEL ARRIVAL|
|BEYOND||WALK-AROUND LOOKING FOR ATM MACHINE AND DINNER|
|10:00 PM||BACK TO HOTEL – SLEEP|
|7:00 AM||WAKE UP AND BREAKFAST|
|8:30 AM||HALF-DAY CITY TOUR|
|THE KING’S PALACE|
|BERYLL’S CHOCOLATE KINGDOM|
|12:45 PM||BACK TO HOTEL|
|12:45 PM TO 5:00 PM||REST AT THE HOTEL|
|5:30 PM||TRAIN RIDE WITH CONNECTING RIDE GOING TO PETRONAS TOWERS PLUS DINNER|
|9:30 PM||BACK TO HOTEL AND REST|
|7:00 AM||WAKE UP AND BREAKFAST|
|9:30 AM||TRAIN RIDE WITH CONNECTING RIDES GOING TO BATU CAVES|
|12:45 PM||BACK TO HOTEL PLUS LUNCH|
|1:00 PM TO 5:00 PM||REST AT THE HOTEL|
|5:00 TO 9:00 PM OR BEYOND||TRAIN RIDE GOING TO CHINA TOWN (SHOPPING A LITTLE)|
|WALK GOING TO BUKIT BINTANG|
|BERJAYA SQUARE MALL SHOPPING|
|9:30 PM||BACK TO HOTEL AND SLEEP|
|9:55 AM||WAKE UP AND BREAKFAST|
|11:00 AM||BACK TO OUR ROOM PREPARING OUR THINGS|
|12:00 NN TO 4:30 PM||STAYING AT THE HOTEL LOBBY FOR WI-FI|
|4:30 PM||PICK-UP GOING TO THE AIRPORT|
|5:55:00 PM TO 12:00 MN||LCCT ARRIVAL|
|STAND-BY AT THE AIRPORT WAITING FOR OUR FLIGHT AT 1:20 AM|
|LATE DINNER AT 9:00 PM|
|1:20 AM||DEPARTURE BACK TO MANILA|
|4:55 AM||MANILA ARRIVAL|
|7:10 AM||DEPARTURE BACK TO CEBU|
|8:25 AM||CEBU ARRIVAL|
Although some friends were pushing me to go to Singapore, my blogger friend and I decided not to go due to time constraints. It takes 4 hours by train from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Singapore and another 4 hours going back. Traveling to Malaysia and Singapore would be better if it was a 5-day or longer trip with no intention of shopping around. May be I and my friend can go to Singapore in a separate situation. 🙂