We recently visited Kuala Lumpur for a week and I wanted to write up a quick review through the eyes of a digital nomad.
I was thoroughly impressed with KL, it is a modern city with everything you’d find at home (plus more). It’s very competitive for living cost, has excellent transport links, fast internet and heaps of things to do.
We stayed for 5 nights in Bukit Bintang in a lovely apartment with roof top swimming pool & gym, it was right in the heart of the nightlife and walking distance to many shopping malls. Then, we moved over to the Regalia Residence which was a 10 minute drive from the centre for 2 nights which had an infinity pool and breath taking views over the city. It was a luxury complex with onsite gym, laundry facilities, shop and more (the image above is the view from the infinity pool).
During our visit we stopped by a recommended co-working space called Paper + Toast. It enabled us to have a super productive afternoon for the price of a couple of coffees, it’s right in the centre and was very quiet on our visit.
During the week, we visited the cinema (around £2 for a ticket), ate at Nando’s (around £3 for a full meal + drink), ate street food in China Town (around 75p for a small meal) & got Uber’s everywhere (around £1 per journey). It was a home away from home – enabling us to access the benefits of a modern city, but with the cost of being in Asia.
We used Airbnb to find good accommodation and paid £20 per night for luxury apartments, I’d highly recommend using Airbnb as there are many hosts in the city. Just ensure they have wifi in the apartment as it’s not always common, many just have it in common areas. Monthly rentals for a luxury 1 bedroom apartment come in at around £400 which is a bargain and makes this city a very viable longer term option.
The only downside of KL was the cost of alcohol, it’s insanely expensive (comparable to London) which makes a night out very expensive even if you’re going for a few. Thankfully I’m not a big drinker but if you enjoy even a couple of nights out every week then it would soon add up.
Final Thoughts: KL, I’ll be back, perhaps next time for a month or longer.