Living in Malaysia on a Budget: Week 19 (Ipoh)

Happy 2018! We celebrated by learning how to get antibiotics in Malaysia. We stayed under budget in Ipoh and hung around the house mostly... this'll be a short one.

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Our goal: $50 per day total, including transportation, accommodation, visas, and bills back home. For two people.

In every budget update I will add a prorated estimate of our bills back home (loans, phone plan, etc. which may vary slightly by month), to include in our $50/day travel budget. I am not including travel insurance -- this would add about $5.75 per day to our total.

  • Days: 7
  • Location(s): Ipoh, Malaysia
  • Avg. spending per day: $37.18
  • Avg. spending per day incl. bills back home: $40.38
  • Avg. spending per day overall in Asia: $45.76 
 SCARY DINOSAURS at the Geological Museum
So what are our living expenses in Ipoh this week?
  • Conversion rate: 1 Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) = US$0.25 (4 MYR to $1 US)
  • Accommodation: $160.99 
  • Transportation: $0.50
    • We walked to the museum but got a Grab home, with a discount code, for 2myr. Otherwise, we wandered.
You find fun stuff when you walk
Like Concubine Lane!

and pretty flowers!

And whatever is going with this giant onion and potato-snowman-Santa and brown blob!
  • Food and drinks: $89.75
    • I waxed poetic about Ipoh food in one of our first weeks in Ipoh. This week, we stuck to the standards but also ate lots of ice cream from the corner store. We also ate a pizza at Miker on New Year's Eve, which was actually pretty good. Shut up, I was sick.
Love this super casual guy, right around the corner from a favorite dinner spot, Restoran Frens Corner.
  • Entertainment and misc.: $9
    • Last week we went to beautiful caves. So, check that out.
    • This week we spent $9 on antibiotics for a wonderful sneaky UTI which, in my opinion, could have killed me in my sleep if I had been able to sleep. Luckily, all we had to do was go to a pharmacy in town and ask for antibiotics.
Me: I need antibiotics for a UTI, please.
Pharmacist: I'm not supposed to give those out.
Me: Oh, ok, I'll go to a doctor.
Pharmacist: Do you know what you want? Have any allergies?
Me: Cipro or something. No allergies.
Pharmacist: Take these, 36 ringgit.
    • We also went to the Geological Museum which was free, clean, well-organized, and informative. All museums should be barefoot experiences. It wasn't huge but it was very nice! 
We had to walk along the Ipoh highways to the museum, but they are very well-maintained, and even without sidewalks there are places to walk.
 Happy geologist

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Ipoh, Malaysia is cheap, pretty, and the food is fabulous. We love the coffee, the snow beer (ultra super cold almost ice beer) and the people. Nomads on a budget should check it out!


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