How to plan a family or solo trip to Malaysia in budget: Travel Guide

Petronas twin Towers,

Flights & Baggage:

The first step for any international trip is the booking of return flights. Many budget carriers or LCCT’s offer flights from India to Kuala Lampur. We used air asia for our trip and saved money by booking some months in advance. Contrary to other airlines, the baggage policy of air asia only allow a cabin bag of 7 kg and a small hand bag. Sticking only to a cabin bag can help you save more . Alternatively, you can also purchase additional baggage of 20, 25 or 30kgs that should suffice for a week’s trip. Air asia also allows for sharing of the checked in baggage allowance of passengers booked in the same pnr and so you need not purchase seperate checked in baggage for all members if the weight is well within 25-30 kgs of all .

Return flights from India to Kuala Lampur cost somewhere around 12 po to 14k as on 2019. Further, KL is connected with other smaller tourist places like Penang and Langkawi conveniently . Airasia network is well established and most of the domestic destinations are only an hour’s flight from KL.

Our experience: We booked seperate flight tickets, first from Amritsar to KL for 4 days and then from KL to Langkawi on the 5th day. None of our tickets were fly through , thus making it mandatory to exit and enter security again, but we had sufficient time between our two flights for the same. A fly through option is definitely more convenient.

Hotel booking:

Malaysia has a wide range of 3,4, and 5 star hotels at different locations. It also offers a number of hostels & b&b’s for backpackers. The preferred locations for most indians travelling to Kuala lampur are Bukit Bintang, China town & Jalan Ampung that are near to the major city highlights. The cost of a luxury hotel complete with pool, breakfast and other facilities in KL can be much lower than that in India due to strong competition.

Our experience: We booked a studio apartment in a hotel with 2 spacious bedrooms, washrooms & kitchen named the Ambassador Row Hotel suites by the Lanson Place at a decent price. We will advice you to book the DUTA suite as the deluxe suite doesnot have the best reviews in terms of maintentance . It also had all amenties from induction to microwave & washing machine. The buffet breakfast was included in the price & the hotel was not just perfect but also completely safe.

Ambassador Row Hotel suites by Lanson place

Visa :

The Malaysian Government offers 3 types of visa’s for Indian citizens.

a) The EnTri : Valid for 14 days and is single entry visa. This is also the cheapest costing around 1500 INR and is immediate. However it can only be issued for travels directly from India to Malaysia and back or through Singapore, Brunei . This will not be valid if the departure destination is other than India.

b) Single entry visa: This type of visa is generated for a period of 30 days and the process of applying is the same as the eNtri note. It is valid for single entry only.

Visa Formalities: To apply for Visa, you need to be prepared with the following:

a) Booked Return flight tickets from India

b) Proof of hotel accommodation: This can be fully paid or reserved using Booking.com

c) Passport size picture with dimensions that have 80% face coverage and a white background.

d) Proof of funds in the form or bank statements, travellers cheques or cards.

Our experience: We applied for an EnTri visa for the 4 of us directly from the Malaysian government website as our travel was directly from India. On arrival, we went for immigration and only showed our passports. Since all the required documents had already been uploaded for application, they only took our picture and finger prints. Proof of funds were not asked , but we were prepared with all the documents just incase.

Sightseeing & Commute

The major sightseeing places in Kuala lampur are

The towers: The Petronas Tower, The KL tower & Acquaria KLCC.

The parks: Perdana botanical garden & Bird + Butterfly Park, the klcc park.

The malls & Markets: Central Market, Petaling Street, Brick fields (little India) , Surya klcc, Pavilion, Lot 10, Berjaya Times square.

The Temples: Batu caves, Thean hou temple, Mahmariyan temple .

Thran Hou temple, Kuala Lampur

The Historical monuments: Merdeka square, Kl gallery, Masjid Jamek.

The city of KL is well connected with Grab . Grab is the Uber of South east asia and offers comfortable commute at an affordable price. The drivers are educated and very professional. It is also really convenient and can help the traveller explore the place at his own pace.

Our experience: We used grab for our everyday commute. For paid attractions, we purchased tickets online from Klook and Tripcarte asia. This saved us both the hassle as well as the cost.

MAsjid jamek

Other travel tips:

a) Travel insurance is always a recommended , especially when travelling with family for a tension free vacation.

b) Washrooms in some places of KL are chargeable ( around 50 cents to 1 RM) so prefer keeping change handy.

c) People of Malaysia are friendly and courteous. They value your time and will expect you to have the same courtsey. Don’t be late & don’t forget to apologise if you are.

d) Credit and debit card scams are pretty common in Malaysia. It is always advisable to carry a forex card with limited balance or cash for convenience. It is also advisable to avoid swipping cards at crowded places or using atms in malls. Prefer getting your currency exchanged from only certified exchangers to get a good rate. The rate in airport is the worst.

e) As is like in other places, while walking on the streets be careful of your belongings.

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