The Thaipusam festival is considered as a public holiday in many places in Malaysia such as Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Johor, Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Penang and Selangor. This year, the festival will fall on Feb. 9, a full moon and the tenth month of the Hindu calendar. If you don’t want to miss this colorful and spiritual Hindu ceremony in Malaysia, take note of these tips for a budget-friendly travel:
- Book a budget hotel in Malaysia. There is a great number of hotels in Kuala Lumpur that are perfect for budget-conscious tourists. You can find budget hotels that offer free breakfast and Wi-Fi. Our advice would be to book in advance, to ensure that you still get a room during the festival season.
- Bring easy-to-clean shoes. It’s going to be a long climb all the way to the statue of Lord Murugan, Hindu’s god of war. They don’t advise wearing shoes if you are planning to go up the temple, but even if you do, expect your foot apparel to get a bit dirty because of the thousands of people joining the festival. You don’t have to worry about leaving your shoes before going to the temple as they have a “shoe hotel.”
- Take public transport. Riding a train is a more convenient way to get to the Batu Caves, where the pilgrimage takes place. Taxis are of reasonable value but they can be quite costly when not metered. If you have no choice but to ride a taxi, make sure it’s not during rush hours, or that you have someone to share the fare expense.
- Enjoy local food. During the Thaipusam festival, it is quite usual to see make shift stalls where you can get free refreshments and vegetarian food for free. Those volunteers who distribute food to the larger crowd normally give rice with vegetarian curry that are full of spices. Take the opportunity to taste something new with the free food offered during the festival.
- Bring along water. You will be sharing cup with others for free refreshments and if you are not comfortable with the idea, simply bring lots of water.
You can get the most out of your Thaipusam trip with these few reminders. Before you go, just book a budget hotel in Malaysia that is nearby the festivity locations, which will futrthermore save you some money. The Thaipusam Eve will begin at Little India to Jalan Dato Keramat. The first day will be located at the Sri Muthu Mariamman Temple to Waterfall Hilltop Temple, and the day after the Thaipusam will be at the Kovil Veedu temple house to Nattukottai Chettiar Temple.