In need of the next great adventure? Don’t have the budget to back it up? Don’t worry. I think we’ve all been there! Which is why we’ve put together some tips on how to experience the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur – without breaking the bank!
Kuala Lumpur offers its visitors a lovely mix between an urban and a green landscape, with architecture influenced by old colonial times and Asian traditions, with a modern twist and is a really good alternative for anyone wanting to save some pennies, so what do you say? Want to find out all the amazing things you can do in Kuala Lumpur on a budget? Well then, hop in and let’s go!
Some people think that budgeting equals boring, but we don’t agree, at all. On the contrary, it makes you look a little deeper into the culture of a place, which is how you can find both hidden gems and authentic experiences. And isn’t that what most travelers are striving for?!
In the limestone hill that is known as Batu Caves you can go rock climbing – at levels anywhere between kid-friendly and advanced beginner – all while admiring the caves and temples in the area, after being greeted by the majestic Murugan statue. And hey, if you bring your own gear, it’s all free!
For anyone who wants a little taste of the Malaysian rainforest – complete with a thriving population of mosquitoes — you have been warned — a hike in KL Forest Eco Park is the way to go. Meander along these natural jungle trails, knowing that you haven’t actually left the city. Kind of cool! And don’t forget to immortalize your walk with lots of photos.
What’s that, shopping? For free? Yes, you read that correctly. Pasar Percuma is a bazaar where everything is free – clothes, books, and even films. The idea is that anyone can bring their old stuff instead of throwing it away, and then whoever wants it can grab it, pretty neat. And don’t worry – you’re still welcome even if you can’t bring anything yourself, but we’d recommend bringing at least one thing if possible!
There are loads of opportunities to witness local crafts being made – and also some you can try yourself! At Royal Selangor Visitor Centre, you can wander around its museum showcasing everything pewter: a rendition of the Petronas Twin Towers, a lucky teapot that once saved a life, and you can even see how the casting, polishing, and assembling is done. Want a go yourself? No problem, for a little bit of money you can create your own dish or accessory. Go on, make your Mom a cool trinket to bring home, she’ll love it!
Apart from everything, you mean? Yes, there are things to look at wherever you go, but these experiences we have for you are definitely worth some of your time and attention.
A truly great way to get to know a neighborhood or an area is to go on a guided walk through it – it’s all free, you can choose between different languages, and there are various districts to choose from too: what about a stroll through Indian Brickfields, or would you rather hear about the Chinese Petaling Street? No problem, you can decide what place you want to know more about.
Like a green lung in the heart of the city, Kuala Lumpur City Center Park is a gorgeous place to walk, go for a run or just do some people watching. The contrast between natural and manmade is also a contrast between tradition and the futuristic: the park itself stands out as a vibrant paradise warmly hugged by the surrounding city.
Afterward, head toward the train station where you can often catch a performance by the amazing street performers who use the city as their stage!
For more quality time with Mother Nature, the Perdana Botanical Gardens have a gorgeous collection of perfectly manicured topiary, heritage trees — such as the Brazil nut tree and mahogany trees — and how can we forget the vivid and very Instagrammable – hibiscus plants and orchids.
Before you leave for the next adventure, make sure to walk through the aromatic herb and spice garden, and feel the calming and peaceful effects that the scents and sounds provide.
Walking is a great, cheap way to get around that allows you to see the city and find your very own favorite spots. There are also purple buses that are free to use and will take you to most popular attractions, and if you see a red double-decker, you can get a single ticket and hop on and off all day.
The standard buses are also great to use; however, traffic can be a nightmare, especially in the morning and late afternoon.
In order to avoid traffic jams, utilizing the railway is a great option. Relatively inexpensive, this way to travel is also very convenient, and not that hard once you get the hang of the map. And don’t worry, no dementors will appear: this isn’t the Hogwarts Express, after all.
The food in Kuala Lumpur is a big melting pot of flavors from the nearby cuisines: at Mr. Naan and Mrs. Idly you can sample amazing curries for practically nothing.
Sala Vegan Restaurant has a lovely menu inspired by both the Malaysian and Mexican kitchen, and you can find delicious nasi lemak, a traditional rice dish of Malaysia, on every corner.
Contrary to popular belief, not all Buddhist monks survive on just one grain of rice per day. No, they eat sparsely but very tasty food based on fresh ingredients, without any additives and with no meat. At Dharma Realm Guan Yin Monastery Canteen you can try to be a monk for a day, or at least for a meal.
Even though you might feel like there’s so much to do and see that there’s no time for sleep, tucking yourself into a cozy bed at night is, of course, a necessity.
You can find cheap hotels all over Kuala Lumpur, but if you don’t really trust a two-star hotel, there’s always, you guessed it:
The phenomenon that is co-living has been going global for a while now – and no wonder, seeing as it’s pretty much the ideal way to live and travel for any digital nomads out there.
Kuala Lumpur hasn’t missed this trend and has opportunities for both co-living and co-working. Stay at Co-Coon, and you’ll meet new friends while enjoying a fantastic view of the city.
Or head to Bangsar, a cute converted bungalow that can offer you great workspaces for you and your team. Might as well lighten the workload while having fun, right?
Kuala Lumpur is such a great destination whether you’re new to traveling or have been on the road for years. It’s the perfect mixture of a modern skyline and old, traditional places combined with breathtaking nature, and doesn’t have to break the bank. So, what do you say? Are you ready to say yes to Malaysia’s crown jewel?