I would like to share my experience with you. I went to Penang Island. I would like to give some basic needed information who is travelling to Malaysia first time. Thailand is very near to Malaysia, so you can plan the trip to Thailand as well if you want to go. You can travel to Malaysia by Road. You can avail the on the spot tourist visa only at a cost of around 20 RM.
I travelled from India to Malaysia. I went to Malaysia via Dragon Airlines. As the direct flight to Penang was not available, I travelled via Hong Kong. But you can go via Kula Lumpur, or Bangkok or Singapore as well to reduce the price.
Travel Cost: 40000 Rs - INR
If you travel in Malaysia or Airasia then it will cost you very less approximately around 15000 Rs only.
Penang Airport to Hotel:
You can avail the prepaid taxi just outside the airport.
First Look at Penang
I can see mixed people around me. I was bit confused!! Is it India, China or Malaysia! I went to Hotel via Taxi. Road is quite clean & good in condition as compared to India. People are following the traffic rules as well.
If you are planning to move to Malaysia on Business or work visa then I will give you bit useful information about the Malaysia. The currency of Malaysia is ringgit. If you compare the price with USD then it will be around 1USD = 3 RM.
So if you are from India then it will be 1RM = 19 Rs.
How much you need for accommodation?
If you stay in good Hotel then you need to spend around 200 rm to 500 rm. I think this cost is not really high. In Hotel you can find Swimming Pool, Gym, Multipurpose Hall, Room with Nice double Bed, LED TV, Small fridge, Iron Box, Hair Dryer, Towel, Shop, Shampoo, Small cupboard, Safety Locker, Dressing Table, Small Sofa, attached Bathroom with Washbasin.
If you are planning for rented room?
You need to spend around 600 rm 1500 RM depending on 1BHK to 3BHK room. You can get fully furnished 3BHK in around 1600 RM.
How much you need per month?
You need approximately 1000 RM to 4500 RM depending on your choice of environment and lifestyle and facility.
The average income here in Malaysia again depends on in an area you are working, and how much experience you have. Depending on the different category you can see the earning will vary from 2000 RM to 40000 RM per month. Average income you can say is 7000 RM if you average the different income.
Comparison Table with Indian Price
Digital Camera / LED TVs
People & Language:
Here you can find the people from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, China. People speaks Malaysian, Tamil, Chinese.
Food availability & price?
You can have different food choice like Indian, Chinese, Malaysian food. You can get food at starting from 2 RM to 30 RM depending on the type of food. The average food you can get 5RM -10RM.
Petrol & Taxi:
Taxi is bit expensive, you need to spend around 25RM for 5 KM. Petrol cost is currently around 3 RM per litter in Aug 2014.
Bus service is available in Penang with a minimum location. Still you can get rapid Penang Bus for Penang tour. Another bus named hope on hope off is again a tourist bus. In Kuala Lumpur, you can bus easily. Bus service from the different city is available & you can book a ticket online or you can book the ticket at travel desk also.
Bukit Jambul to Komat: 2.00 RM
Komtar to Batu Ferringi: 2.70 RM (around 20 km)
AC, 1 seat left, 2 Seat Right Bus from Penang to Kuala Lumpur, will change you around 35 RM.
One of the Good thing for Bus station is that you can see the price for destination before travelling. You need to keep the change ready before travelling. The conductor will not be there in Bus. The driver will not allow you if you don't have required a change of money. In Bus, They will paste the driver Name & photo with Bus number.
Visiting place & Entry Fees:
Batu fringi, Twin Tower, Penang Hill are one of the good location in Penang Malaysia. The different visiting place has different changes for entry fees. For example, you need to pay 80 RM to see Patron Twin Tower which in Kuala Lumpur. To see Penang hill, you need to pay 30 RM.
Penang Hill by Train:
This temple is biggest Buddhist temple in Asia. It is very big and situated at a hill. You need to spend 6 RM for this.
Batu Firrengi Beach
At Batu Ferrengi beach, you can do water sports activity. You can take the Bus from Komtar to go to Batu ferrengi beach. Bus are easily available at every around 15 minutes. You can do Jet Ski, Banana ride, parasailing, Bumper.
Banana Ride: 15 RM
parasailing: 80 RM
Jet Ski: 55 - 65 RM
Visiting Place Ticket Charges
30 RM (Non-Malaysian), 8 RM (Malaysian)
Kek Lok Si Temple
Bramasa Buddhist Temple