Hey im travelling through SEA for 6 months, and im trying to work out some kind of time scale....
ive sorted most as far as Malaysia. Whats the cost of living like in relevence to the rest of SEA? Any shared experiance much appreciated !!
Tight budget GBP10 / day
Medium budget 15-20 / day
Comfortable 20-30 / day
Save it for Singapore which is as expensive as most developed countries.
I found Malaysia to be more expensive that all the other SE Asian countries apart from Singapore. I spent a month travelling there and really enjoyed it; I visited Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Taman Negara, Cameron Highlands, Penang and the Perhentian Islands. It's easy to get around by bus as they are efficient, regular and cheap.
I am currently based in Johor Bahru. It isn't really worth a visit, but Malacca is (thought you could do it in 1/2 days) go on a Saturday when they have a street market with food stalls (i managed a full belly for about 2GBP). Timan island is supposed to be nice, but a good alternative to that is Sibu island- you can dive there and stay in an A frame for about 10GBP a night.
If you do decide to head down as far as JB there is a bus that travels from there to Singapore and it only costs about 1GBP. Check out the "causeway link express" i think they have a facebook page.
Not made it up as far as KL yet, but it is supposed to be good. Probably cheap if you avoid eating/sleeping in the touristy areas. Apparently has some of the cheapest 5* hotels in the world...or hostels are between 5-10GBP.
Good advise been researching some of the places mentioned above, all add to the anticipation ! cheers guys.
went to malaysia for four days, and managed to go to kuala lumpur and malacca. stayed at a backpacker's hotel in bukit bintang which provides easy access to the mrt and other transport hubs. the petronas towers can be reached on foot. also, jalan alor, a hawker center which offers different varieties of food available at affordable rates, is located just a street away from bukit bintang.