The past meets the present in Malaysia’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur. Just look at the infrastructures all over the city and you will see how the modern meets the old. There are contemporary skyscrapers and on the other hand, there are buildings that have stood the test of time. This is one of the reasons why Kuala Lumpur is a tourist’s haven . It reflects how Malaysia transformed from a laid-back colonial outpost to one of the liveliest and most fast-paced destinations in Southeast Asia.
Just like any city, Kuala Lumpur can be as affordable or as expensive as you want it to be. You don’t have to worry because there are ways to stay within the budget while in Kuala Lumpur, like eating local food rather than feasting on Western cuisines. Other than this, here are things to do in Kuala Lumpur that will not leave you broke when the travel ends:
1. Visit religious temples
Most shrines and mosques in Kuala Lumpur do not have an entrance fee. All you need is a few ringgit to reach them either by train or car. It’s also important to follow certain rules before entering temples and shrines. The Sri Mahamariamman Temple, for instance, is free of charge but you have to remove your shoes. They have a deposit counter where you can leave your shoes for just a few cents.
It is located in the heart of the city so you can even take a walk if you are along the Pasar Seni LRT station. Known as the oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur, it boasts beautiful sculptures and carvings. Just 15 kilometers from the North of Kuala Lumpur, you will reach the Batu Caves which is the most important Hindu shrine in the country.
2. Try the street food in Jalan Alor
By day, Jalan Alor is just a busy street where you can see lots of pedestrians and food carts. By night, it becomes a street full of exotic food. When you are in the mood to try unusual dishes like skewered frogs, chili sting ray, and peppered crab then this is the place to go. If you are a seafood lover, you will be amazed by the huge prawns. Yes, you heard it right when someone says food in Malaysia is amazing. It is, and you can get a taste of Malaysia right from its capital city.
3. See the arts in the Central Market
People who are into arts and crafts should visit the Central Market. It’s also an ideal destination if you are looking for a place to buy souvenirs. Back in the day, the central market was known as a traditional Asian market. Now it is air-conditioned that houses small shops. When you are tired of shopping, relax your feet with the fish spa offered at a fraction of a cost.
4. Test your bargaining skills at the Petaling Street
Here you will find knock offs and imitation goods. It’s the place to go when you are on a tight budget and you don’t mind shopping in crowded places because you will find lots of cheap souvenirs. Of course, there are street foods that will fill your tummy in case you get hungry. It’s an ideal place for solo travelers or couples. However, it’s not really a good option for families, especially those with little ones.
5. See the beauty of nature at the Perdana Botanical Gardens
After visiting the busy streets and crowded religious sites, breathe some fresh air at the Perdana Botanical Gardens. You could take a nice walk at the hibiscus garden and simply take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Other than the things mentioned above, there are more ways to explore Kuala Lumpur on a budget. Just wander around and befriend the locals. They can suggest what to do in Kuala Lumpur that is within your allocation. Most importantly, stay in a budget hotel that is accessible by all public transports, like the MoMo's Kuala Lumpur. It’s near good local restaurants and attraction spots in Kuala Lumpur. Visit our site for more info or to make a reservation today.