5 days and 4 nights Malaysia and Singapore Trip (Our Cheapest Possible Way!)

Less than a year after writing my 2013 wishlist (I wrote the post December 2012), we found ourselves booking a flight to Kuala Lumpur (last November 2013). After months of "claiming", it happened. Thankful, forever thankful, that I was able to go on an out of the country trip. And what's more amazing? I went there using the money I saved. Hihihi. Doble kilig. :"> Grabe, mga napupundar ko eh. :))))

I don't know how should I start writing our adventure in a way that it becomes helpful to those who are visiting Malaysia and Singapore too but I'll try!

My friends and I agreed that our maximum budget is P 20,000.00 and we're so glad that we were able to make it back home spending less than 20k! 

Join me in my attempt to relive our 5 days of backpacking Malaysia and Singapore/first out of the country trip. Yes, expenses are (sort of) included.

Pre-departure expenses: These expenses below were almost 6 months in the making. :))) Hindi isang bagsakan kaya kahit malaking tignan ang total e hindi naman ganun kabigat sa bulsa. 

Roundtrip airfare via Airasia Zest cost P 3,812.00 (Kuala Lumpur - Manila)
Our tickets were booked and paid last November during their Piso fare and  it could have been P 1,200.00 cheaper were we able to remove our check-in baggage since all of our things were hand carry. We only brought a backpack and a hand bag. 

Roundtrip bus ticket booked via Easibook cost P 1,490.00  (Kuala Lumpur - Singapore) 
Both our buses were 27-seater couches. One was Alisan and the other was from Transtar. 

Universal Studios Ticket cost P 2,500.00 booked via Mastercard.
Aside from the discount of booking online, we also got s$10 food coupon and s$5 retail coupon which we used inside USS.

Grid9 Hotel accommodation at Malaysia booked via Agoda worth P 2,700.00 (La Familia).
The P 2,700 room was for us three so each paid P 900.00 for a one-night hotel accommodation. 

Our accommodation in Singapore was free since a friend offered us his house. Hihihi. Saved around P 1,000.00 each.

Philippines Travel Tax - P 1,620.00

Boarding Pass - P 550.00



DAY 1 
Malaysia Budget: P 1,000.00

  • KLIA2
  • KL Sentral
  • City Tour (Sight-seeing with accidental tour guides)
  • KLCC (Petronas Towers, Suria, Park)
  • Pudu Sentral


Singapore Budget: P 2,000.00

(less than P 2,000.00 actually because I bought s$30 [almost P 1,050.00] worth of chocolates)

  • Golden Mile Complex
  • Lavender MRT Station
  • Ang Mo Kio Hub
  • Chinatown (Pagoda Street, Food Street, Buddha Tooth Relic and Temple Museum, Southbridge Road, Sri Mriamman Temple)
  • Little India (Serangoon Plaza, Mustafa Centre)
  • Hawker Place
  • Ang Mo Kio Hub


Singapore Budget: P 2,000.00

  • Marina Bay MRT Station
  • Vivo City Mall
  • Sentosa Island (Palawan Beach, Universal Studios Singapore, Resort's World Sentosa)
  • Marina Bay Sands
  • The Shoppes at Marina Bay
  • Singapore River
  • The Merlion Park
LINK: 1, 2, 3

Malaysia Budget: P 1,000.00

  • Pudu Sentral
  • Grid 9 Hotel
  • Chinatown
  • Genting Highlands
  • Central Market
  • Chinatown's Night Market
  • Grid 9 Hotel
LINK: 1, 2

DAY 5Malaysia Budget: P 500.00

Grid 9 Hotel
KL Sentral
NAIA Terminal 3 (Home! That was fast)




My day's budget was the amount of Philippine Peso that we changed to their local currency which are Malaysian Ringgit and Singaporean Dollars. I suggest that you also do it this way 'cause converting all your expenses and purchases will become a heartache. As in, masakit talaga sa puso. Example sa MRT na lang sa Singapore, a ride may cost you s$1.60 and if you convert that to PHP ay almost P 55.00 'yan. E P 14.00 lang pinakamahal na MRT ride sa'tin.. 'di ba masakit? hehe. So just change your intended budget for the day and spend your SGD or MYR without converting it back to PHP. 

Total expense was less than the total amount I wrote because I still have MYR and SGD left. Also, since I was with two friends, whenever they lack coins or smaller notes, I'd pay for them and whenever it was I who runs out of coins or smaller notes, they'd pay for me. Two-way highway. Kaya hindi lahat ng gastos akin lang o kanila lang. Hati-hati. 

Also, take note that aside from Universal Studios and Petronas Towers, wala kaming intinerary na matatawag. HAHAHAHA. Sabi pa nga na 'yung mga pinuntahan at ginawa namin ay malayong-malayo sa gawaing turista. Kalokaaaa. Mga turistang nagpumilit maging local. 

 In our own way, we made this a short, adventurous, activity-packed and sulit trip. Kaya para sa mga OC dyan, hihihi. Sarreh, ok, sarreh. Sobrang Que sera sera ang motto namin. :) 

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