An ECA International survey on the 50 most expensive Asian cities ranked Kuala Lumpur at number 38, Johor Baru (40th) and George Town (42nd).
Globally, Kuala Lumpur is placed 210th, Johor Baru (216th) and George Town (218th).
According to ECA, strong currencies were pushing up the cost of living in Asian locations.
Tokyo, it said, remained the most expensive city in Asia due to the appreciation of the yen against other major currencies.
Others are Beijing (ranked 5th), Shanghai (6th), Hong Kong (7th) and Singapore (10th).
ECA regional director for Asia Lee Quane said the strengthening of Asian currencies was the factor which contributed to the region being more expensive for visitors than it was a year ago.
The cost of living survey is carried out by ECA bi-annually by comparing a basket of commonly purchased consumer goods and services in 370 locations worldwide. – Bernama
Popular Attractions in KL That You Might Be Interested
- Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) – The KLCC is listed within the most visited tourist destination in Kuala Lumpur simply because the area is made up of multiple attractions including the Suria KLCC, KLCC Park, Aquaria KLCC, and of course the magnificent Petronas Twin Towers.
- Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) – The Merdeka Square or Dataran Merdeka is a place of history. You could find many of the great history events took place in Kuala Lumpur here. One of which is the lowering of the Union Flag performed here on August 31st, 1957 when independent Malaysia was born. Attractions include Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Royal Selangor Club, Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Central Market and National History Museum.
- Golden Triangle of Kuala Lumpur – The Golden Triangle is a modern and stylish district with 5-star premier hotels, including the Mandarin Oriental and shopping malls such as Pavilion KL, Sungai Wang Plaza and Berjaya Time Squares.
- Putrajaya – Located south of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya has been gaining momentum as the new tourist attractions due to its well-developed, organized and most livable city in the state of Selangor. For a list of attractions on Putrajaya, please follow the link here: Putrajaya Tourism.
- Little India – If you are planning to get to know more about the multi-culture society of Malaysia, the Little India is definitely the place that cannot be excluded in the best tourist destinations in Kuala Lumpur. This vibrant Indian enclave is a living heritage that can be dated as far back as 100 years old. Some famous attractions at Little India are the Masjid India and the neighborhood of Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.
- Thean Hou Temple – The Thean Hou Temple (Chinese: 天后宫) is a landmark six-tiered Chinese temple in Kuala Lumpur. The temple was built by the Hainanese community living in Kuala Lumpur dedicated to Goddess Tian Hou (The Heavenly Mother). The temple is built based on elements of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism in mind.
- Batu Cave – Batu Caves is a 400 million years old limestone hill which consists of a series of caves and cave temples. The cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is the focal point of Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia. Dominating the entrance to the caves is a 141-ft (43m) tall golden statue of Lord Murugan.