12 Days In Malaysia: How Much Does It Cost?

12 Days In Malaysia: How Much Does It Cost?

If there is one country in Southeast Asia I cannot wait to return to it is Malaysia. Don’t get me wrong, traveling in the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand was amazing! And while there is plenty more to explore in these countries as well, with Malaysia in particular I feel like I just didn’t see enough of the country…

I spend 12 days in Malaysia and visited three places: Pulau Tioman, Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi. Each of these places were amazing and very different from each other with regards to culture, people, food and nature. That is why I feel there is bound to be so much more to discover in this interesting and diverse country! No other option than to go back for more…

But let’s get to the point of this budget breakdown post, where I tell you about my total Malaysia trip expenses and the average travel costs per day.

Costs of travel in Malaysia: daily budget

Read all about the costs of traveling in Malaysia (accommodation, transport, food&drinks and activities). Summary in this infographic, details in post.

Malaysia travel budget: important facts and figures

• I traveled Malaysia with my husband, all expenses are for the two of us together.

• We spent 12 days in Malaysia, entering the country via Johor Bahru in the South and exiting at the Thai-Malaysian border just above Changlung.

• I quote prices in Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) as well as € and $. Obviously the exchange rate varies from day to day, but when we were visiting in May 2015, €1 was approximately 4MYR and $1 around 3,5MYR.

• In total we spent 2796MYR (€696/$804) in the 12 days we were in the country. This comes down to an average of 233MYR (€58/$67) a day and includes all expenses in Malaysia plus transportation costs to the Thai Border.

• The only costs I did not include in the budget breakdown are the costs for diving at Tioman. I feel this would not be a fair representation of the daily costs as not everyone will go diving. I recommend you do by the way, it is amazing!

Malaysia Travel Budget: Average Daily Costs For A 12 Day Trip

Our Malaysia travel expenses are divided into four categories

1. Accommodation: 39% of our daily travel costs
2. Transportation: 22% of our daily travel costs
3. Food&Drinks: 33% of our daily travel costs
4. Paid activities: 6% of our daily travel costs

1. Budget accommodation in Malaysia

We stayed at six different hotels during our 12 day trip, spending 91MYR / €23 / $26 on an average day. This adds up to a total of 1092MYR (€276/$312) spent on accommodation.

In the table below you can find the places I stayed at (only the ones I recommend and could find online), you can find more details about the accommodation in my 2 week Malaysia itinerary.

Kuala LumpurLantern Hotel€25/$28,50AgodaBooking
LangkawiNR Langkawi Motel€25/$28,50AgodaBooking
Perhentian KecilBuBu Resort€153/$166AgodaBooking
TiomanBamboo Hill€25/$28,50Website

Tioman ABC Bamboo Hill Chalet

2. Cost of transport in Malaysia

Traveling in Malaysia was easy and cheap. Read all about our itinerary and getting around in Malaysia. Transportation costs were 51MYR / €12,50 / $14,50 on an average day, bringing the total costs for transport in 12 days to 612MYR (€150/$174).

Scooter Malaysia

3. Cost of food and drinks in Malaysia

Food is great in Malaysia and very cheap. Alcohol on the other hand is expensive (and because over 60% of the population are Muslims it isn’t served at all in many restaurants). On an average day we spent 78RYM / €19,50 / $22,50) on food and drinks. Total costs for food and drinks: 936MYR (€234/$270).

Food is definitely one of the reasons I would love to go back to Malaysia. Because of its history the cuisine is really varied: you can have Indian prata for breakfast, Malaysian laksa for lunch and Chinese chicken rice for dinner.

malaysia cost of travel

4. Activities in Malaysia

We did a lot of sightseeing in Malaysia, average costs per day were 13MYR / €3 / $4 bringing the total costs for activities to a mere 156MYR (€36/$48).

These are the most important costs to take into account when you are traveling in Malaysia. As you can see it’s pretty easy to make a budget trip in Malaysia, I hope I can go back one day to explore more of this gorgeous and diverse country!

Update July 2017: in April 2017 I went back to Malaysia and went to the beautiful Perhentian Islands, you can find my post here.

Looking for more travel planning resources? Check out the Phenomenal Globe Travel Planning Library and my Travel Resource page!

malaysia travel budget

As mentioned, I excluded the costs for diving in the budget breakdown. For those interested in diving at Tioman: we paid 100RM per dive per person with B&J divers. Considering the excellent dive school and dive instructors and the amazing underwater world this was excellent value for money.

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.

A detailed budget breakdown about the costs of travel in Malaysia (including accommodation, transport, food & drinks and activities). Find out exactly how much a trip around Malaysia costs and download a convenient budget breakdown infographic on Phenomenal Globe Travel Blog.A detailed budget breakdown about the costs of travel in Malaysia (including accommodation, transport, food & drinks and activities). Find out exactly how much a trip around Malaysia costs and download a convenient budget breakdown infographic on Phenomenal Globe Travel Blog.

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  1. January 19, 2016 / 6:10 pm

    Goed overzicht! Ik vond Maleisie nog best prijzig, maar dat kwam omdat ik uit Indonesië kwam en alles daar echt spotgoedkoop is, haha!

    • Lotte
      January 19, 2016 / 9:11 pm

      Goed om te weten dat Indonesië ook heel betaalbaar is;-) Ik vond vooral de accommodatie relatief duur in Maleisië in vergelijking met bijvoorbeeld Vietnam. Maar eten, transport en duiken was heel goedkoop!

  2. January 19, 2016 / 6:13 pm

    Ik wil ook zoooooo graag terug naar Azië, ben jammer genoeg enkel nog maar in Thailand geweest maar hoop het snel wat uit te breiden. Ik twijfelde nog tussen de verschillende landen maar jij doet me weer naar Maleisië neigen 😉

    • Lotte
      January 19, 2016 / 9:09 pm

      Ik vond Azie geweldig! Welke landen twijfel je nog tussen?

  3. Ankit Suhane
    December 5, 2016 / 8:06 am

    Very good infographics and nice way to categories it. Most probably i am travelling to Malaysia then Singapore from there. This article is really going to help me. Can you please tell me the best way to go to Singapore from Malaysia? How we should plan it? Thanks in advance!

  4. Daphnee
    February 11, 2017 / 7:50 am

    Hi! I’m off to Malaysia this month! We will be mainly staying in Kuala Lumpur. I love the breakdown you have here. I would love to hear about any of the must eat places you found in Kuala Lumpur if you don’t mind? Thank you so much!

    • Lotte
      February 11, 2017 / 8:12 am

      Hi Daphnee, thanks for your kind comment! I’m happy to hear you find the breakdown useful:-). About places to eat in KL, we ate mostly street food (falafel wraps, nasi lemak, nasi pattaya and usually paratha for lunch). Breakfast was included in our KL hotel (the Lantern Hotel, you can find it in my ‘Hotels in Malaysia’ post) but there are plenty of options for that too. So not really must-eat places, but must-eat dishes;-). I hope this helps a little. Have a wonderful trip to Malaysia!

  5. minhaj vm
    March 24, 2018 / 6:20 pm

    Thanks for your precious information and easy representation, it made me more eager to travel. Thank you very much!

    • Lotte
      March 28, 2018 / 10:14 pm

      I’m happy to hear that! Have a great trip:-)

  6. Sing dong
    August 9, 2018 / 9:34 am

    Cost may vary person to person but you gave a wonderful idea about the travel guide and destination.

    • Lotte
      August 9, 2018 / 11:28 am

      Thank you Sing Dong:-)

  7. Mia
    December 12, 2018 / 12:58 pm

    Beautifully described about my favorite place: Malaysia. Very informative blog about the cost, food and everything. Thanks for the blog!

    • Lotte
      December 12, 2018 / 3:11 pm

      Thank you Mia!

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