What To Budget For Malaysia

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What To Budget for Malaysia

In our newest post in our ongoing series “What to Budget” we detail our spending during our 25 nights in Malaysia. In the following category breakdown we provide per day costs and major influencing expenses if any.

We spent a month in Malaysia with three of those weeks travelling across Borneo. You can read more about our experiences in our post, “Unforgettable 3 Weeks in Borneo”.

Our Malaysian trip broke down to 5 nights in Kuala Lumpur and 20 nights in Malaysian Borneo.  Now, one thing I want to mention about our numbers is that we spent $832 USD (a significant amount of money) on scuba diving while in Borneo. We spent $490 USD for both of us to get our PADI advanced diving license in Mabul and then another $342 USD for the both of us to dive perhaps the world’s best diving site, Sipadan.

Without the scuba diving included, our cost per day falls by almost $20 USD per day.

Make sure to check out our fantastic 2 week itineraries for Malaysia which hit all the best spots in the country.

Accommodation

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This section includes anything spent on accommodation while in the country.

Spending Per Day: $8 USD per person

Digging Deeper: We stayed in hostels and guesthouses throughout Malaysia, staying in a near 50/50 split between private rooms and dorms.

Meals

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This section includes any meals, drinks and groceries.

Spending Per Day: $7.50 USD per person

Digging Deeper: The cost per day was attributed to all meals, drinks and groceries while in the country.

Inner Country Transport

This section includes any transport taken to travel within the country such as: rental cars (plus gas), buses, trains & flights

Spending Per Day: $5.50 USD per person

Digging Deeper: We travelled primarily by bus throughout Malaysia but we did buy one round trip plane ticket each from Miri to Mulu.

Inner City Transport

This section includes any transport taken to travel within a city such as: subway, taxi, & buses

Spending Per Day: $1 USD per person

Digging Deeper: The cost per day was attributed to monorail, subway and buses.

Entertainment

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This section includes things such as: temples, museums, shows, sporting events, etc.

Spending Per Day: $19 USD per person

Digging Deeper: The cost per day was attributed mostly to scuba diving in Mabul and Sipadan.  To a lesser extent museums, national park fees, and guide fees.

Laundry/Gifts/Misc.

This section includes anything spent on laundry, gifts, and miscellaneous items.

Spending Per Day: $1 USD per person

Digging Deeper: The cost per day was attributed to laundry and a few misc. items.

Visa

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The Numbers: Malaysia

Total Nights: 25

Total Spent Per Person Per Day: $42 USD ($25 USD excluding Scuba diving)

 

We hope that after reading by us providing our daily spending totals by category that you will now be better able plan your trip by knowing what to budget for Malaysia.

 

Cheers,

Ross & Alyse

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