Ever feel bad about having to spend your weekends at home? Yes, that is the usual case for most people, especially those on a budget. That’s why we’ve listed 6 affordable tours here for a budget weekend trip in Malaysia.
An underrated peaceful fishing village rich in mangroves, that’s the best way to describe Kuala Sepetang. A coastal town in northwestern Perak, Kuala Sepetang is also known as Port Weld. So if you hear someone referring to it as Port Weld, be informed that it is also Kuala Sepetang.
Besides being the old name for Kuala Sepetang, Port Weld is also the name of a ?terminal station in well…you guessed it right, Port Weld. It is the first railway line in Malaya. Today, you can still see the multilingual Port Weld railway signage despite being no longer in operation.
Of course, old railway signage is not the only thing you can find on this affordable tour. Since this is a fishing village, visitors can tour around it on a boat with a guided tour! You’ll learn a bit about the history of the fishing village and explanations of fishing techniques. The boat tour does not end here because you also get to enjoy 🦅eagle watching and a visit to the fish farm! At the fish farm, you can feed the fish and even hold some of the animals there, including Mrs Puff 🐡puffer fish!
In addition to the fish farm, there is also a mushroom farm, mangrove reserve, charcoal factory, joss stick factory and many more that you can visit in this sleepy town.
Also, as Malaysians, we can’t forget about food. Kuala Sepetang has mouth-watering must-tries, including the famous Mee Udang Mak Jah, Hor Ka Sai (Kopi O + Milo) and Ah Thai Curry Mee. The food here is generally affordable and can cost as low as RM6-7 per meal, although there are also pricier foods. With all of these combined, don’t you think that Kuala Sepetang makes a perfect budget weekend trip?
P.s: You can book a 2D1N tour with accommodation (excluding food) from Traworld for just Rm86/pax (Rm344/4 Pax)!
Those who want to explore every nook and cranny of KL under a tight budget should grab a KL Hop-On Hop-Off ticket for a budget weekend trip! Just like its name indicates, you can hop on and hop off the bus as much as you like throughout the day. This double-decker bus with an open roof will take you through famous landmarks around KL, like the National Palace, KLCC, Little India, Chinatown (Petaling Street) and many more.
You can get down or board a bus at any of the 19 KL Hop-On Hop-Off bus stops to visit the place you want. The best part is you can use the same ticket, and there is no limit to using it for the day!
This affordable bus tour also has a live commentary on landmarks' history and background. If you want to just stay to tour on the bus, the whole journey takes around 2 hours. You can sit and enjoy the KL city’s view from the open deck. The day tour starts at 9am and ends at 6pm, and it will run be it rain or shine. Of course, the budget trip costs no more than RM100, including food (if you spend wisely on food).
One of the best ways to tour Melaka is through its river, and you can do that by taking up the Melaka River Cruise Pit Stop Package. There are 14 pit stops along the Melaka River where you can disembark or board the cruise as many times as you want throughout the day! The operation hour is from 10am to 10pm, making it perfect for a budget trip where you can explore Malacca as much as you want.
The Melaka River Cruise takes you past pre-war shophouses in Malacca. You can see the eclectic-style buildings which used to be the houses of the Baba and Nyonya from the riverside. This affordable tour also takes you under numerous bridges, some of them century old.
One of the most interesting bridges is the Kampung Jawa Bridge Melaka, also known as the Ghost Bridge. Why is the name so 😨scary-leh? According to locals, many Chinese people were beheaded during the Japanese occupation and had their heads hung on the bridge. This definitely sends chills down your 🥶spine.
Alternatively, if you don’t want to sit through the 45mins tour that runs 9km along the river, you can disembark at one of the 14 pit stops and explore the UNESCO World Heritage city on your own! You can utilise the cruise like how you would take a bus. Malacca city is populated with tourists, so the road can get a bit congested, and taking the cruise can be a refreshing experience. Not only that, but you can also enjoy the cool breeze while on the cruise.
The highlight of the cruise is the night cruise. So hop on the cruise again at night for a spectacular night view. We promise you that you won’t regret this affordable tour.
If you think you know all about KL just because you were born and bred in KL? Think again. Kuala Lumpur is the city centre and also the capital city of Malaysia. It is also one of the fastest-growing cities in Asia. With the 2nd tallest building in the world, Menara 118 (the tallest building in Malaysia) and other skyscrapers, KL city is literally a concrete jungle. Seeing the development of KL, it goes without saying that the result today came from a long way back.
Being a major tin mining town in the 19th century, Kuala Lumpur went through the era of Japanese occupation and British administration. Under the British administration, many Chinese were brought into KL to work in the tin mine. This resulted in Chinese settlements in the town and further development of Kuala Lumpur. As a result of that, KL has many skyscrapers. Despite that, many buildings built at that time still remain today.
Through Traworld’s Guided KL Heritage Walk, you’ll gain insight into 10 historical sites through commentary and of course, by visiting them through an affordable tour package by Traworld. The sites of the heritage walk include the lesser-known Loke Yew Building, Yap Ah Loy Story Mural, Gurdwara Sahib, etc. The route of this budget trip is estimated to be a 4 hours walk, and participants will get a certificate each after completing the Traworld’s Guided KL Heritage Walk.
It’s time to escape the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy the beauty of nature. The first thing that you must do at Gunung Brinchang is to hike the Mossy Forest. The forest is just like what's suggested by its name…mossy. That is because it is constantly in a high-humidity environment. The Mossy Forest is at the highest elevation of Cameron Highlands and because of that, it is always shrouded by clouds and blanketed by mists making it look like a magical forest out of a storybook.
When you are at Gunung Brinchang, don’t forget to visit the BOH Tea Garden and enjoy a cuppa at the cafe! You can sip on a cup of freshly brewed BOH tea and eat some ?sweet cakes while enjoying the beautiful panoramic view.
Besides the BOH Tea Garden, there is also a 🦋Butterfly farm and 🍓Strawberry farms. This would make a perfect budget weekend trip with your family and friends.
Lastly, It is highly recommended to hire a 🚙4WD from a tour agency (like us, ehem🤭) because the road is pretty bumpy, or in the case of the Mossy Forest, to carry you up to the entrance of the forest. This is because visitors are not allowed to drive up to the Mossy Forest’s entrance. Alternatively, you can hike up to the Mossy Forest entrance before hiking the forest itself, but that is if you are athletic enough.
Mossy Forest: RM10
Butterfly Farm: RM10
Strawberry Farm: RM10
Another place where you can go for a budget weekend trip is Sunway Lost World Of Tambun. It is an all-rounded theme park with 👨👩👧👦family-friendly activities and attractions. Not only that, at just under RM100, you can enjoy all 88 attractions with 10 parks and 123 animal species. This also makes it an affordable tour to enjoy with your family and friends. Surrounded by lush nature and 400 million-year-old limestone hills, Sunway Lost World Of Tambun is an ideal place to hang out for a budget weekend trip.
There are dry parks and wet parks. Those who want to splash around and enjoy the fun 💦water slides can have fun at the Water Park and Tin Valley. Whereas, those who want to stay dry can enjoy the Tiger Valley, Petting Zoo, Adventure Park and Amusement Park.
You definitely shouldn’t underestimate the Petting Zoo. This is the section of the Sunway Lost World Of Tambun where kids spend most of their time. You can play, touch, feed and interact with various animals, including 🐇rabbits and 🦝raccoons! If you are a thrill seeker, you walk in Tarantula Alley.
If you are hungry, there are lots of halal and non-halal food options. The Lost World Ipoh Street and Dulang Tea House are where you can go for Ipoh’s specialties like Ipoh white coffee, roasted rice tea, roti bakar and many more! Don’t worry, you definitely won’t starve yourself here!
What are you waiting for? Plan a budget trip for the weekend with these are 6 affordable tours for a budget weekend trip in Malaysia now! As you can expect, these weekend trips are mostly under RM100, so there’s no need to worry about how much you have to fork out on a trip.