KL The Least Expensive City Print E-mail
KL the least expensive city
Rated on food, goods, clothes, hotel

PETALING JAYA: Kuala Lumpur is the least expensive city in the world for Western tourists.
    A survey of 71 cities world wide by Swiss banking giant UBS found that Malaysia’s capital has the most competitive prices when it comes to food, electronic goods, clothes, public transport, hotel rates and entertainment.
    A five-star hotel room in Kuala Lumpur costs an average US$150 (RM551) compared to with US$450 (RM1647) for a similar room in New York. The most expensive is Tokyo, where the rate is US$510 (RM1866).
    For a room in two-or three-star hotel, the rate in Kuala Lumpur is about US$50 (RM183), compared with US$250 (RM915) in New York.
    Comparable hotel room prices are found in Buenos Aires (Argentina), Bogota (Columbia) or Nairobi (Kenya) but if a tourist wants to have a short stay including a city tour, Kuala Lumpur still the cheapest.
    The UBS survey put together a basket of goods consisting of an overnight stay for two in a first-class hotel, two dinners with a bottle of house red wine, one taxi ride, a 100km trip in a rented car, two outing to the theatre by public transport and miscellaneous expenses.
    It found that one only has to pay US$260 (RM951) for the package in Kuala Lumpur compared with US$920 (RM3367) in New York.
    The most expensive city in this category is London where the cost is US$330 (RM1207).
    Taxi fares in Kuala Lumpur are also one of the cheapest in the world at US$1.60 (RM5.88) for a 5km trip within the city. A similar trip in New York costs US$11.60 (RM42).
    Food prices in Kuala Lumpur are considerably lower than in other cities, with a three-course meal in a good restaurant costing US$12 (RM44) for one person.
    Apartment rent in Kuala Lumpur is also the cheapest. An unfurnished 3-rrom apartment in Kuala Lumpur goes for about US$480 (RM1756) compared with US$5870 (RM21484) in New York.
    As for car prices, a Ford in New York or a Peugeot 206 in Buenos Aires costs less than a Proton in KL. However, fuel prices in Kuala Lumpur are the cheapest among all the cities surveyed.