For the traveler that wanders into Malaysia, you might be wondering what does 100RM (largest bill in Malaysia) buy you? 100RM is approximately $33 CAD. Here are some things it can buy you.
- 16 BBTs from ChaTime
- 100+ pieces of satay
- 40L of soy milk
- 25 Magnum Ice cream bars
- 16 cheap hawker meals
- 16 McChicken meals during lunch/dinner hour
- 5 to 6 beers
- 3 to 4 nights accommodation at a hostel
- Approx 10 days worth of groceries (for me)
- A one way plane ticket to one of the neighbouring countries
In general, you will find food & drinks (minus alcohol), transportation and accommodation fairly cheap for the CAD/USD. You will find goods to be expensive, even things like clothing. Electronics can also be a bit cheaper and competitive with other Asian countries. Not the cheapest place in SEA but Malaysia sits somewhere in the middle. For more serious money matters for Canadians, check out this post.