Being fancy in Kuala Lumpur – My first Airbnb experience

KL roof top poolMy theory is the less money I spend on essentials like accommodation and food, the more I can spend on travel, activities and alcohol. And the less time I have to work to save for the big trips.

In some places however, cheap is hard to come by. Lets take Kuala Lumpur for example. Malaysia’s capital. The city covers an area of 243 km² and has an estimated population of 1.6 million. The cheapest hostel we could find was £12 a night. So we decided if we are paying that much we could pay a little more and be fancy.

KL skyline night

This is where Airbnb comes in. Airbnb allows local people to rent out their apartments or spare rooms to people visiting the city for anything as short as one night. It is a great idea and can definitely work out cheaper than a hostel in certain areas. Cheaper, fancier and often better facilities than some hotels. Check it out, they have places all over the world.

For $50 our apartment was amazing. Clean. Modern. Comfy. It had WiFi, a TV with movies, a gym, a roof top infinity pool with great views of the whole city especially the famous Petronas towers. I tried to get a selfie but I couldn’t connect the bluetooth on the selfie stick. All fixed now though so expect a million selfies to be posted. Yippee I bet you are all thinking.

Agggghhh I want to live there.

KL airbnb apartment

The host was lovely. He and is wife picked us up from the train station and gave us ideas of where to go and what to see. They showed us around the whole apartment block and gave us loads of tips and information. Even if we did forget to take the address out with us that night. It made getting home a bit tricky. Only added an hour onto the ten minute journey. (Not as tricky as four hours walking around Ho Chi Min city trying to find our hostel in March though, Tim and Julie ?). Always take the address of when you are staying out with you. ALWAYS.

Our night in KL involved Chinatown, just a 5 minute walk from Kuala Lumpur station, with its amazing markets and food. The reggae bar with its amazing roof top views of the city. Trying to take photos of the Petronas Towers in the rain. Oh and running around Low Yat mall, the most epic electronics mall you have ever seen, looking for a GoPro cable, as someone lost mine. Mentioning no names. Cough cough, French boy!

This mall was amazing. It has a floor for cameras, a floor for laptops, a floor for games consoles and a floor for phones. This is definitely worth a visit, just to look around at how crazy it is.



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KL is not cheap. The train network in KL is amazing. Definitely the easiest, cheapest way to get around. Not the comfiest with a 14kg back back though. The KLIA express takes you from KL Sentral directly to Kuala Lumpur International Airport in 33 minutes for less than £7 and has free WiFi. A backpackers dream.

One night and a day and a half in KL was just a little bit too short, but it would have been too expensive to stay. I had to book my onward flight in advance to get it cheap. If you are ever looking to stay in a city, check out Airbnb.com. Get £13 free credit… Click Here

Next stop Bali. Beach time!

 

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Rachel January 3, 2015 at 10:35 am

Airbnb can be an adventure! Here’s a review I wrote a while back about Airbnb: http://rachelheller.org/traveling-via-airbnb/
That one in KL sounds wonderful!

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sallymunt January 4, 2015 at 7:28 am

I love Airbnb. I will definitely be looking there when I next visit a city. I do love a hostel though!

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Hannah January 3, 2015 at 3:58 pm

No way! $50 for that beautiful apartment?! Totally stunning, I need to have a look at airbnb for sure.

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sallymunt January 4, 2015 at 7:27 am

Most of the apartments on there are so lovely and reasonably priced. I could not afford to travel that way the whole time but it definitely did not break the bank :)

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David Stock May 24, 2015 at 4:38 pm

I H-8 KL! it’s a black sheep in a white sheep’s skin! But what’s sad is I’m heading back. Good choice on AirBnB!
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Anna May 31, 2015 at 2:10 pm

Omg! This place looks amazing! Can you tell me which one it was that you stayed at. I want to stay here too next time I’m in KL!
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sallymunt sallymunt June 2, 2015 at 7:58 pm

It was called the Regalia. You can fit up to 4 people in the studio apartments too, which really brings the price down! The pool, gym and location were amazing!

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