Often called the Twin City of Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya is a famous choice for travelers, both local and foreign alike. There is no shortage of attractions to visit and activities to do, which is why tourists flock to this city by the thousands. But being a popular tourist destination also means traveling to this city can hurt your wallet, right? Actually, that is not always the case. Here are five ways to keep to your budget when visiting Petaling Jaya:
- Book in advance.
Most hotels and theme parks offer early-bird promos, especially when your travel dates fall on a festival season. Hotel rates and entrance fees for theme parks such as Sunway Lagoon can be high during the summer season, but it can be avoided by booking for as little as two months before your trip.
- Look for hotels near the places you want to visit.
When you get a hotel in Petaling Jaya, the common perception of budget travelers is to look for the cheapest one available. However, they would later realize that booking the most affordable hotel will not help their budget because they have to spend more for transportation. Instead, look for ones that are near the center of the city, especially if you want to visit their famous Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall and other nearby attractions. You can also easily access restaurants and shops in the area without having to travel far.
- Make use of free Wi-Fi.
When checking which places to visit next, chances are you would use your phone to browse the net. Instead of using your mobile data which charges a lot especially if you are a foreigner, use the free Wi-Fi which is available in almost every establishment in Petaling Jaya nowadays. Of course, keep in mind that these connections are not secure so use only for research purposes and not for private transactions.
- Visit The Curve for souvenirs.
If you are looking for gifts and souvenirs to take home but still want to keep in budget, visit The Curve, a popular shopping center that features a weekly flea market. Cool fashion finds, collectibles, and curious artifacts are available at an affordable price. Hint: you can even bargain with the seller for a lower price!
- Eat at smaller local restaurants.
There are tons of huge restaurants in the malls, but Petaling Jaya also features smaller and quaint restaurants that boast of good Malaysian cuisine at a reasonable price. You can find a lot of these in every corner of the city. Even small eateries get reviewed online nowadays, so it would be easy to find out if the restaurant you are eyeing is a good place to try.
As always, if you are traveling on a limited resource, research is the key. You don’t need to spend a lot to experience a worthwhile vacation in Petaling Jaya if you can plan ahead.