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5 Ways To Kiamsiap Your Cuti-Cuti Malaysia

Updated 13 Dec 2019 – By Philippe Andrews

What's better than a vacation in Malaysia? Why, A CHEAP vacation in Malaysia, of course! After all, there's nothing as sweet as a holiday at home that doesn't leave your finances in pain.

Yes, this may sound like a far-fetched fantasy. However, any Malaysian knows that there's always an opportunity to save money if you choose to adopt the kiamsiap way of life!

On that note, here are 5 kiamsiap ways for you to score great savings when vacationing in Malaysia!

1. Get Fruity

Malaysia enjoys a tropical climate throughout the year, so what better way to enjoy your Malaysian holiday — and keep it cheap — than by going for fruits?

No, we're not talking about the designs on the clothes you wear. Have fruits for most of your meals instead! For example, a lunch of half a watermelon — which can range from RM2 upwards — will keep you both full and hydrated without burning a hole in your pocket.

Still hungry afterwards? Drink more water. You would be surprised to discover how much of your hunger is thirst in disguise.


2. Tumpang your kawan-kawan

What's better than being kiamsiap alone? Being kiamsiap with your friends, of course!

Plan your cuti-cuti Malaysia around the working trips of your friends, especially those that will take you to different parts of the country. Be it a short drive to Melaka or a longer one to Perlis, tag along with your friends and tell them that you can help keep them awake or take over when they're tired of driving.

You'd only have to pay for petrol and toll fares, which will be even cheaper if you can gather a bigger group!


3. Easy is not cheap

Oh yes. 7-Elevens and Family Marts are perfect for the easy and convenient lifestyle that many Malaysians prefer. After all, as we love to say, "Chill la, bro!".

Easy, however, doesn't come with a cheap price tag. Goods and products from convenience stores are more expensive than those in pasar malams or supermarkets. This is why you should keep convenience stores aside for emergencies only.

Take the effort and time to explore your holiday destination instead, and look for shops or stores from which you can buy necessities and snacks at cheaper prices.


4. Friend-friend with your receptionist

Some of the best discounts and deals in life come from people who are within an organisation — and this might hold even when you go cuti-cuti.

Be nice to the receptionist of the hotel, hostel, or any other residential property you're staying in while on holiday. They likely know much more about your destination than you, including tips about the best places to go, incredible things to eat, and breathtaking discounts; many of which you won't always be able to find on Google.

To start, go with the truly Malaysian way of addressing someone: "Boss!"


5. Make it wet and hot

A true practitioner of the kiamsiap way is fearless when it comes to saving money, even in the midst of a thunderstorm or under the scorching heat.

So, why not go on holidays in Malaysia only when the weather is at its hottest or its rainiest? Yes, you might not be able to do much outdoors, but an umbrella and a poncho or a portable fan will easily make the impossible possible.

Why? These are generally off-peak vacation periods in Malaysia — which means that you'll be paying less your holiday! Keep in mind that these periods differ according to the Malaysian region you're planning to visit, so you will need to do your research beforehand.

With these 5 kiamsiap ideas in mind, you're that much closer to enjoying a truly affordable Malaysian holiday. So, what's stopping you?

Alternatively, if being kiamsiap isn't your thing, you could opt for credit cards and other financial tools which allow you to enjoy great deals when planning your vacations. Let our credit card comparison tool help you with this!

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