Travel Expenses: Malaysia

Unlike previous post-trip accounting posts, I’ve consolidated all legs of my Malaysian trip into one spreadsheet. Admittedly, I started getting lazy listing down every expense (which is going to be hell when I start working on the Singapore leg). For a six-day trip, it still came down to a pretty decent amount, specially since I splurged for a hotel in Penang, and took all my meals in the resort in the Perhentians.

Malaysia 2009
June 19 – 25, 2009
Exchange Rate: MYR 1 = PhP13.60

In MYR In PhP
Land Transfer
International Express Train
Bangkok to Butterworth MYR 150.23 PHP 2,043.14 1
Mutiara Bus
Penang to Jerteh MYR 45.60 PHP 620.16
Mahligai Bus
Kuala Besut to Kuala Lumpur MYR 40.00 PHP 544.00

Accommodation
Tune Hotel Penang
Standard room, a/c, Wi-fi MYR 176.44 PHP 2,487.21 2
Yaudinn Guest House
Single room, shared bathroom MYR 20.00 PHP 272.00
Watercolours Paradise Resort
Single room, ensuite bathroom MYR 60.00 PHP 816.00
Matahari Lodge
Single room, shared bathroom MYR 37.00 PHP 503.20

Transportation
Taxi MYR 90.00 PHP 1,224.00 3
LRT MYR 12.00 PHP 163.20
Ferry to and from Perhentian Besar MYR 70.00 PHP 952.00

Food
Meals, snacks and drinks MYR 226.75 PHP 3,083.80 4

Miscellaneous
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion Tour MYR 12.00 PHP 163.20 5
Fort Cornwallis MYR 6.00 PHP 81.60
Perhentian Marine Park Fee MYR 5.00 PHP 68.00
Parking fees MYR 3.00 PHP 40.80
Toilet MYR 0.50 PHP 6.80
Laundry MYR 8.00 PHP 108.80
Printing MYR 9.00 PHP 122.40

Total MYR 971.52 PHP 13,300.31


1 The price for the tickets was actually THB 1,460, including the travel agent’s THB 250 fee. I just converted from the amount reflected in my credit card statement
2 Pretty expensive because I booked in the last minute. Still, this was a pretty good splurge. You’d have to pay extra for the air conditioning and wi-fi access.
3 I only took the taxi FOUR times the entire time I was in Malaysia -_-
4 Food in Perhentian Besar and Kuala Besut is expensive! It’s pretty cheap anywhere else though.
5 It’s a really nice tour, and for MYR12, it’s a steal.
Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 3 Comments
  1. Bryan Karl says:

    Waaah 13K… Hmmm.. I’m waiting for the Singapore budget though… 🙂

  2. Marie says:

    Not bad for 13k, I’m sure the experience you had is exciting and fun

  3. Hi Nina! My Nina too, and I found this post very helpful while preparing for a trip to Malaysia. Keep up the great work! I’m only just beginning to travel myself, so I’m sure I’ll be able to pick up more tips from your site =)

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