M’sian pride: Penang listed as 11th cheapest city to visit in the world!

Nestled along the northwest coast of Malaysia, Penang stands as a vibrant tapestry of culture, heritage, and natural beauty. From its bustling streets to its pristine beaches, this island state beckons travelers with its rich history and tantalizing cuisine. With that said, just recently a study conducted in the United Kingdom has listed Penang as one of the cheapest cities to visit in the world!

Penang listed as 11th cheapest city to visit in the world!

Penang art. Source: Unsplash
Penang art.
Source: Unsplash

According to a study published by Holiday Money Report, Penang was ranked as the 11th best value destination to visit. This marks a significant achievement for Penang and Malaysia as it didn’t manage to be listed last year. Looking at the report, it was said that the barometer was based on 8 individual items which were:

  • Coffee
  • Beer
  • Cola
  • Wine
  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Three-course meal

Surging to the top for the first time after placing at 6th place last year, Vietnam is one of only eight destinations to combine lower local prices (down 14.4% in Hoi An) with falling currency values. Based on the individual items listed above, the average expenses needed in Penang would cost around $74.57 GBP (RM443.97).

Penang food. Source: Unsplash
Penang food.
Source: Unsplash

Breaking down the average expense, here’s what the study has shown:

  •  Coffee: $2.32GBP (RM13.84)
  • Bottle of beer/lager – $3.39GBP (RM20.22)
  • Can of Coca-Cola/Pepsi – $1.70GBP (RM10.14)
  • A glass of wine – $4.47GBP (RM26.66)
  • 1.5l bottle of mineral water – $0.25GBP (RM1.49)
  • Suncream – $8.49GBP (RM50.65)
  • Insect repellant – $3.30GBP (RM19.68)
  • 3-course evening meal for 2 – $50.65GBP (RM302.19)

All in all, we’re happy to see Penang getting the recognition it deserves. Looks like this calls for a trip to Penang!

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