Ho Chi Minh City (young people in Vietnam prefer to call it by its original name, Saigon) is a good place to head to for an under-RM1000 weekend trip. Why not longer? It’s a great city, but personally I can only handle the traffic noise in small doses. This was my third trip to Vietnam, but first to Saigon.
My 3 days 2 nights Saigon trip was cheap- just RM958. Even cheaper than my 3 days 2 nights Langkawi trip! Saigon is good for ballin’ on a budget 🙂 There are eight savings tips in this post.
The currency is Vietnamese Dong. RM1 is roughly 5,000VND. Can’t lie, holding a million Dongs in one hand made me chuckle.
Saigon Trip Overview
I feel like travelling overseas, but am not keen on the horrible exchange rates right now. One day, while happily browsing Google Flights and dreaming of Europe (use it! You get to save money on flights), I found cheap tickets to Langkawi. RM102 for return tickets, including fees. Even though I didn’t exactly have a burning desire to go to Langkawi, I couldn’t resist the price and booked it on the spot.
And that’s how I went on a 4 days 3 nights Langkawi weekend trip. This guide is suitable for those of you going solo/duo travelling and wants to be somewhat comfortable but on a budget. Because of the weather (it rained 80% of the time I was there), this guide is also more general and flexible in nature.
Ipoh. Pretty Ipoh. Foodie Ipoh. One of the top 10 Places to Visit in Asia, according to Lonely Planet. Just 2, 3 hours from KL. It would be a shame to skip this city. Plus, 2017 is Visit Perak year 🙂
As a Klang Valley girl, I’m surprised by how much I like Ipoh. I lived here for a year, and here are 13 places, activities and food places that I can genuinely recommend for you to try out. These places are cheap to experience, if you don’t go overboard with the shopping and eating.
I assume you guys have Google Map in your phones. Under each recommendation, I added Google Map Search keywords that you can type in to find these places.
Fun fact: I was an exchange student to Nagoya, Japan. 1 year in 2005/06. Went to high school and stayed with a host family. Japan is like my second home. It feels welcoming, familiar. I was happy to go back there recently, even if it was just for 4 days.
This was my fourth trip to Japan, and first through Kansai Airport. 4 days was way too short, but I took what I could. This is my budgeting for the trip, costing ~RM2500, covering Osaka and Kyoto. Read on for savings tips and travel recommendations 🙂
This year for my birthday I gave myself the gift of travel. I went to Krabi, Thailand for 3 days 3 nights. Here’s how I spent my time there, and how much I spent for everything. Hope you’ll find the savings tips useful, for your own Krabi budget travel!
Because it’s fun to look back and see what gave me the most enjoyment/ value for my money. Likewise what I shouldn’t have bought.
(Hint: It’s not AirAsia.com)
I am a budget-conscious traveler. If you are under 35 and grew up under AirAsia’s promise of ‘Now Everyone Can Fly’, chances are you are a budget-conscious traveler, too.
I admit that
sometimes I feel entitled and expect to get cheap flights. In my defense, AirAsia spoiled me. Constant offers through various media channels made me believe that I deserve that RM9 cheap flight ticket.
But as much as I love AirAsia (big fan!), today I am going to give you my ultimate hack in getting cheap flight tickets. It may include AirAsia, it may not, but you will get the best possible price for cheap flights.
Malaysians love overseas travel, amirite?
This survey and this article say that a whopping 9 out of 10 Malaysians have travelled overseas in the last 2 years. At first I was shocked by the high number…. but it made sense, if my Facebook feed can be used as an indicator.
We seem to be pretty good at budget travel. Really good. I mean, AirAsia freaking started here – people my generation were told ‘Now everyone can travel’. With the amount of advertisement money spent by travel agencies, especially online-based (looking at you Expedia), we were practically begged to take holidays. Even the articles say that our average travel spending is lower than the regional and global average.
But can all that travelling habit continue in 2016? Mmmm many people say they will travel locally instead, because of the rising cost of living.
But if you still want to travel overseas, there’s still a way. To be clear, this article is not to advice you on ways to save money while travelingl/choosing a travel package. You guys already know how. This article is to review an alternative method to travel on the budget – HelpX.