How much will I pay for a beer in Malaysia? Does quaffable wine exist?
Replies: 14 - Last Post: Jul 4, 2009 1:42 AM Last Post By: Groo
Jul 3, 2009 2:39 AM
How much will I pay for a beer in Malaysia? Does quaffable wine exist?The good folk on the Peninsula and Islands branch don't seem to have an answer to this so I'll try here.
What am I likely to have to pay for a large (660ml?) bottle of beer at a 7 / 11, supermarket, or local shop in Malaysia.
What is the cost of a 330 ml can likely to be at a low range restaurant / street stall?
I've never been able to find wine that is both affordable and drinkable in Asia. Will Malaysia be any different?
Jul 3, 2009 2:50 AM
1" A can of beer in the supermarket will cost you about RM 5. Drinking beer in a restaurant will double the price (about RM 8 - 10). The five stars hotels will charge you for RM 16 for a beer and RM 25 for a cocktail"
"Locally brewed beer like Carlsberg, Tiger and Anchor are priced from RM 5 to 9 per can in supermarkets and 7-11, or from RM 10 - 17 per pilsner glass in watering holes. Popular imported beer such as Heineken, Skol, Corona and Victoria Bitter are sold from RM 8 - 15 in supermarkets, or RM 13 - 30 per bottle in entertainment venues.European beers such as Hoegaarden, Leffe, Paulaner and 1664 sell at RM 13 - 20 in supermarkets; also available at German pubs at around RM 18 - 29 per glass"
Jul 3, 2009 4:08 AM
Jul 3, 2009 4:23 AM
3The only large (660/700ml) bottles I've encountered in SE Asia were black market Fosters in Mandalay... & amazingly, they were cheaper than back 'ome.
Jul 3, 2009 4:32 AM
Jul 3, 2009 6:47 AM
Jul 3, 2009 11:43 PM
7On the Island of Langkawi in Malaysia, beer is cheaper than bottled water or Coke.
We carried a six pack in our backpack as we cycled around the Island. I remember it cost RM1 per can, cheaper by the dozen.
Langkawi is in the State of Kedah, which is currently governed by a Moslem State Government.
On the other hand, beer on Penang cost RM5 per can plus even at 7/11. Penang is governed by Chinese dominated Secular State Government.
Some States in Malaysia like Sabah are govern by Catholic dominated Secular government and prices of beer on Labuan, Sabah are also really cheap.
So the price of beer is not uniform in Malaysia and depends on which State government is in power.
Jul 4, 2009 12:37 AM
9It may well be, Penfold, but I've had far better answers to this question here than I received on the Malaysia twig. And as it happens we will be spending a couple of days on Langkawi.
I tend to measure overseas prices by the "Murwillumbah standard", hence a night at the Hotel Sabah in Sandakan, while expensive by Malaysian standards, is only 60% of the price of a room at the Poinciana motel in Murwillumbah, which is not 4 star and has no pool. A positive bargain.
Similarly, even though the grog prices quoted above are somewhat more than one pays in most Asian countries, including alcoholically quixotic India, they all compare more than favourably with the Murwillumbah Bowling club. In this perspective, another bargain.
And durians are far cheaper in Malaysia than Coles Murwillumbah. Guineas roadside stall doesn't even sell them.
Thank you all for your responses.
Jul 4, 2009 1:05 AM
10Groo, lucky you.
Forgot to mention this.....Johnny Walker whisky was about less than half Murwillumbah (aussie) prices. Smokes even cheaper. I used to smoke, these days I just enjoy my beer.
I went to Langkawi when Malaysia Airlines offered a free side trip when I paid for a PER-LHR return. That was 2002.
What are you flying? How much?
Jul 4, 2009 1:15 AM
11Make sure you visit the east coast Groo. Much more conservative than other parts, and some lovely towns and markets. Kuantan is one that comes to mind. We would search out the chinese run establishments in the eastern parts if we wanted a beer.
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