Hey all -
I'm going to do a training course in KL for 6 days and am wondering about budget. I've already got the hotel figured out - and will be spending most of my time in the heart of the city where the conference center is. Breakfast included in the hotel, but wondering how much I should budget daily for expenses, keeping in mind that from 9 - 5 I'll be in a conference center.
Right now I'm thinking 150 MYR per day (50 USD) for food/drinks/transportation. Thinking that on some days I'll spend less so I'll have the chance to splurge on one or two nights. Research showed me that street food is 10 MYR, a beer 10 MYR, a nice restaurant meal about 90 MYR, and taxi less than 30 MYR anywhere in the city center (but avoid them). Does that sound about right?
KL is a cheap city if you experience it like a local -
* 10 RM will get you plenty of streetfood/a meal in a mall foodcourt / a meal in a simple local restaurant. Something simple like chicken rice or fried noodles will be 3-5 RM.
* I was in KL last weekend and my boyfriend and I went to a Mexican Restaurant in the upscale Pavilion Mall. Entrees were 20-50 RM and margaritas 25.
* A beer from a convenience store or local cafe. A cocktail at a restaurant or upscale bar is > 20 RM.
* A taxi ride within the city centre should be under 10 RM but not all drivers automatically use the meter... if you approach a taxi waiting outside your hotel or a tourist attraction they'll quote you a much inflated flat rate. KL has an extensive public transit system -- bus routes can be complicated to figure out, but there's a monorail / trains and fares are < 2 RM.
Exactly like what Idreamofdurian wrote, thats the way it is in KL. And if you take food like the locals do for the budget of rm150 per day plus transport, you will put on weight in no time. Foodwise is realtively cheap at KL.
Accommodation is the only thing that really tend to be expensive. There are some budget options in Chinatown (Petaling Street area), but look around carefully because some rooms are not that clean.
I used to stay in a nice guesthouse called Grocer's Inn, just around the corner from the old Pudu Raya bus station, one person one night was around rm 25, and quite clean, also.