Best Places for Backpackers in Malaysia.

Enjoy backpacking around Malaysia without a fixed itinerary by using our handy listings of the best hostels in every destination. Specially curated for backpackers and economy travellers, we help you find an amazing place to stay no matter where you're headed!

The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Malaysia.

Top 50 hostels in Malaysia.

These are the 50 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Malaysia.

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The Village House

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The Village House

NO CHILDREN UNDER 12. The 10 Rooms and 2 Suites at The Village House typify vernacular architecture with its common lounge area below, wooden staircases and landing benches as well as full height windows with wooden balustrades.All ensuite bathrooms feature hot and cold rain showers with amenities a...
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8@KaiJoo Guest House

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[email protected] Guest House

LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION! 2-3 mins walk only to Golden Bridge- the Kuching new Landmark! [email protected] is a ancestral residence of owner during Rajah Brooke's government. The building is believed to be over 100 years old built by Teo Kai Joo which is the ancestor of owner. We provide stay with facil...
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Skypod Hostel

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Skypod Hostel

Established in 2014, SKYPOD is a multi award winning boutique hostel in Kota Kinabalu with Pod style bed offering you amazing lodging experience at a truly affordable rate. A stone's throw away from the Sembulan River Walk and centrally located in the heart of Kota Kinabalu yet away from the hust...
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Sri Enstek Hotel near KLIA & KLIA2

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Sri Enstek Hotel near KLIA & KLIA2

Sri Enstek Hotel was Located in the heart of Bandar Enstek, Sri Enstek Hotel is just 5 minutes away from The International F1 Sepang Circuit and Coca-Cola Factory, 25 minutes to KLIA and KLIA 2 ( Kuala Lumpur International Airport) . Besides that, The Hotel is also 30 minutes to Negeri Sembilan larg...
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Homy Seafront Hostel

99 /100

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Homy Seafront Hostel

Homy Seafront Hostel, is a contemporary traveler’s hub provide modern accommodation with comfortable amenities and located in the centre heart of the Kota Kinabalu city. The name of the hostel “Homy” actually is known as “Homey”. The reason we use the name “Homy Seafront Hostel” as we wanted to l...
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Ola Lavanderia Cafe

98 /100

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Ola Lavanderia Cafe

Ola Lavanderia Cafe is a guesthouse with cafe that provide mixed dormitory beds. The room come with A/C. Bathrooms are shared. Coffee/tea, drinking water, towel, shampoo are all included in the price. Laundry services and bicycle rental also available. Please note : Guesthouse is sharing bases,...
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WakaLily Hostel

98 /100

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WakaLily Hostel

We have 2 Dormitory rooms and 7 private rooms with shared bathroom. All rooms equipped with air-conditioning and WiFi. We are located 4km from Muar - a gastronomic town. Different from other hotels in Muar, we are like a home in quiet village area (close to Muar river). A good place to relax or stop...
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Vibrant Hostel

98 /100

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Vibrant Hostel

Vibrant Hostel is located at the heart of Kota Kinabalu, within 5 minutes walking distance to Imago Shopping Mall and Riverson Kota Kinabalu. The hostel is very close to most of the attractions in Kota Kinabalu such as Gaya Street (Sunday Market), Filipino Market, Atkinson Clock Tower, Suria Sabah S...
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Buffalo Soldier Home

98 /100

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Buffalo Soldier Home

There are 2 types of rooms located on the second floor of the building: - 2 dorms with 3 single beds and 2 shared bathrooms (one upstairs, one downstairs), each single bed has a locker assigned; - 1 deluxe family suite consisting of king bed, queen bed, big wardrobe with locked drawers and privat...
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Revopackers

97 /100

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Revopackers

Special promotion for Early Bird!!! Stay with us from November 2018 to March 2019 start from RM 25.00 What are you waiting for ?? Come and explore Kuala Lumpur now!!! Strategically located, Revopackers is only a 5 minutes walk from Hang Tuah Train Station and even a shorter walk from th...
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Faloe Hostel

97 /100

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Faloe Hostel

We provide every comfort that you desire in a home. We offer all of these for FREE, be it breakfast (all day), laundry (with detergent), Netflix, kitchen with stove, locker with locks (by your bed), shared PCs, towel, drinking water, tea, coffee, linens, pillows, blanket, daily house-keeping and mos...
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Cozy Hostel

97 /100

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Cozy Hostel

Cozy Hostel is located in the centre of Kota Kinabalu, with 3-5mins short walking distance to IMAGO Shopping Mall. Cozy Hostel provide bunks bed type, we offer Large Bed with reading light, international plug socket as well as a personal locker for your backpack or personal belongings and each bu...
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Kenyalang Urban Lodge

97 /100

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Kenyalang Urban Lodge

Coming to Kuching? Come to our newly refurbished bungalow. Spacious 6-bedroom bungalow, English-style bungalow in the middle of a Malay Village at Satok, Kuching. Our accommodation includes: 1) 2 hostels 2) One 3- bedroom apartment (can fit 9 persons in the room and 3 persons at living room)...
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Pondok Keladi Langkawi

96 /100

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Pondok Keladi Langkawi

Pondok Keladi combines the charm of traditional Malay architecture with modern amenities on an acre of land. All 6 rooms are with ensuite bathroom, hot and cold shower, mini fridge, air condition and fan. 2 of the rooms are with 2 single beds while the rest are doubles. It features a Balai, an o...
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Paper Plane Hostel

96 /100

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Paper Plane Hostel

Choose to sleep away in one of the six dormitory rooms or four private rooms; chill out at the glasshouse lobby and rooftop garden, we’ll make sure that you feel right at home from the moment you arrive. Paper Plane Hostel is walking distance to Bukit Bintang, 15 minutes to Petaling Street & Pud...
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Goodies Guesthouse

96 /100

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Goodies Guesthouse

Goodies Guesthouse has 6 rooms at the property: Private Room and Dormitory. Room comes with Free Wifi and Breakfast Daily (self-service). Daily Bread with Jam and Hot Drinks provided in the kitchen. We don't stay at the guesthouse. Our business office is behind the guesthouse. Security guard...
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Hostel Ah Wai, Hostel Ah Zhi

96 /100

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Hostel Ah Wai, Hostel Ah Zhi

Experience A Historical Stay In An 93y/o Goldsmith. It was once a glorious goldsmith shop back in the 1920s. Today, this large shop lot located in the heart of Alor Setar's heritage district has been transformed into a cozy base to host solo or a group of travelers from around the world. 9 sp...
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Heahtitude

96 /100

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Heahtitude

Let's take life easy and slow-down... ... We invite you to experience the Cameron Highlands with a (heah)titude at Heahtitude KT! Heahtitude | a blend word derived from the Cantonese slang that celebrates the joy of simply chilling around without a care in the world. Inspired by the vintage char...
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Yote 28

96 /100

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Yote 28

Yote 28, a modern youth hostel in Melaka with a friendly and international atmosphere. We provide all the necessary services and facilities to make your stay comfortable: a common room with Play Station 4, Nintendo Switch and Netflix , a cosy reading corner with computers, beanbags and day bed,...
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Truck Lodge 46

96 /100

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Truck Lodge 46

It's a hundred years old Heritage house. We are a pastries cafe on the ground floor serving whole day meal until 10p.m night time. While bunk bed is all at the first floor. 5-10 minutes drive or ride to the busiest town in Penang Island. 5-10 minutes drive or ride to the heritage area of Penang...
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O'Pine Rooms & Hostel

O'Pine Rooms & Hostel offers more than a simple stay - cultural and intellectual experiences through interactions with locals, other guests and our staff. It is located in the town of Kota Kinabalu or just 10-15 minutes drives from Kota Kinabalu International Airport. Within less than 20 minutes...
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Nature Lodge Kinabatangan

95 /100

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Nature Lodge Kinabatangan

One of the most existing places in South East Asia to watch wildlife and its not in the zoo! Nature Lodge Kinabatangan (NLK) is located within Kampung Bilit, a village along Kinabatangan river and takes its name from the white trunked-kabilit trees found in the nearby forest. We are easily access...
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Check In Lodge

95 /100

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Check In Lodge

The hotel design is clean, sleek & modern. All the decoration is current and custom made. Rooftop deck is comfy and a great place to chill and socialize. The small indoor dipping pool is at everyone convenience to use and is open 24 hours. Smoking only in the pool and rooftop area. Rooms are mostl...
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Old Town Guesthouse

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Old Town Guesthouse

Welcome to Old Town Guesthouse, a place where you can feel at home. Were a simple family-run guesthouse that offers friendly service and a relaxed atmosphere. Having been travelers ourselves, weve tried to incorporate all the little things weve noticed and liked to create an great place to sta...
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BackHome Kuala Lumpur

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BackHome Kuala Lumpur

Stay at BackHome for a unique stay in a converted pre-war building located in the heritage district, with guided walks to let you experience KL just like the locals do. BackHome is housed in a row of pre-war shophouses, carefully preserved since the 1880s. The modern interiors feature spacious d...
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Agosto Taman Negara Hostel

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Agosto Taman Negara Hostel

Agosto Taman Negara Hostel located at Kuala Tahan just Arcoss the Tembeling River you be The Oldest Rain Forest in the World with 130 Million Years!!! Agosto Hostel offering with Open Concept Bunker Beds with corner Privacy, Comfy Bed come with Personal Locker, Bed Curtain , Personal Reading li...
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Gerards Place

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Gerards Place

Our cozy Bed & Breakfast has been created to provide a homely, clean, modern and affordable accommodation for the traveler; who seeks a cool getaway from the tropical heat of the lowlands. At Gerards Place, we pride ourselves on the quality of our friendly services as we want you to have a happy and...
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MyCozyStay

94 /100

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MyCozyStay

MyCozyStay boasts air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi throughout the property. You will find a shared kitchen and washing machine at the property. Strategically Located at Bandar Sunway, Petaling Jaya. Just 5 minutes walk to Sunway Lagoon Theme Park, Sunway Pyramid Mall (Ice Skating) & Sunway Me...
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Tuxedo KL -No.1 Rooftop Pool w Skyscraper Views

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Tuxedo KL -No.1 Rooftop Pool w Skyscraper Views

NEWLY Opened in July 2017 - World No. 1st Hidden Luxury Sky Hostel Year 2017 - World No. 1st HIGHEST Hostel with Infinity Sky Pool Year 2017 - Asia No. 1st Hostel with BEST City View from ALL Beds Year 2017 - Asia No. 1st Hostel with Most Luxury Comfy Bed (3600 Coil Springs) Year 2017 - Malay...
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Sunset Homestay

94 /100

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Sunset Homestay

Sunset Homestay offers mixed dormitory accommodation in bustling Kuching. The air-conditioned dormitory rooms offer fresh linen upon check-in. Each capsule bed has a privacy curtain. Guests have access to a shared bathroom with shower facilities equipped.Sunset homestay features free WiFi throughou...
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B&B@21

94 /100

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[email protected]

7 rooms dormitory are furnished with bunk beds and all guests share bathrooms with hot shower. Our dorm are able to host up to 42 guests, and it has one king size bedroom for 2 persons, making it an ideal choice for small group travel for students, families and SME team building trip. Our dorms...
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Rembulan Langkawi

94 /100

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Rembulan Langkawi

Rembulan Langkawi is located on the outskirts of Cenang Beach, approximately 450m away from the pristine Cenang beach front. It is an idyllic island retreat with exposed brickwork and stunning artwork on the common area. An ideal base to explore Langkawi. Well within the budget for any discerning tr...
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@ Pennys Mansion

94 /100

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@ Pennys Mansion

A clean, calm and comfortable living space - ' truly a home away from home '. Each of our guest can kick back and immerse into a charming heritage setting with limited bed space ( 6 people per room ). @ Pennys Mansion's guest will have the use of personal storage space, shared powder room, laund...
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OHANA Kuala Lumpur

94 /100

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OHANA Kuala Lumpur

NEWLY opened in February 2019 Malaysia’s No.1 hostel with the Best SKYLINE VIEW 7 reasons why you should stay here! 1) Superb SKYLINE view The hostel is located at level 26, which is the top floor of a high rise building in the heart of the city. The unit covers 4100 square feet ( 370...
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Sunshine Bedz KL

94 /100

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Sunshine Bedz KL

Our simple, family-run bed and breakfast is conveniently located in the 'Heart of the Heart' of exciting Kuala Lumpur, along the famous Bukit Bintang Walk. Being newly renovated, Sunshine Beds is proud to boast of its new modern chic design, cleanliness and economically savvy rates! Breakfast...
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Langkawi Dormitorio

94 /100

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Langkawi Dormitorio

Langkawi Dormitorio has an excellent location, in the heart of Cenang. It is easy for the guests to reach the bars, restaurants and shops, all of which are within walking distance. Duty free shopping and ATM is right next door as is Underwater World, a sea aquarium and discovery centre. Most importa...
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Westwood Highland

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Westwood Highland

Westwood Highland is located between Kampung Raja and Kuala Terla in the middle of a flower farm. P/s - Public bus is easy to get to our place, just mention to bus driver you need to get off at ‘Kampung Raja’s MAYBANK’ , and from the drop off point you can just walk to our guest house in 5 mins....
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Birdnest Collective Cafe & Guesthouse

93 /100

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Birdnest Collective Cafe & Guesthouse

Welcome to Birdnest Collective Café & Guesthouse, a travellers sanctuary in the heart of Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur. Birdnest is a labour of Love, and is safe, friendly and welcoming place for travellers to relax and meet like minded people. We started our first budget guesthouse in 2009 offering go...
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Traveller Bunker Hostel

93 /100

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Traveller Bunker Hostel

Traveller Bunker Hostel is located in Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands, where just few minutes from convenience shop, bank, pharmacy, restaurant, bars... or the best location in town for backpacker's traveler. 5-minute walk from bus station in Tanah Rata, half a mile to some of the famous tourism spot...
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Sky Society

93 /100

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Sky Society

Newly opened Hostel in December 2017 ! The coolest place to chill with awesome rooftop infinity pool, superb facilities and amazing views from the hostel! Main features of Sky Society: 1. 37th Floor rooftop swimming pool with amazing Kuala Lumpur skyscrapers view. 2. Capsule style bunk beds fur...
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Traveller Bunker Hostel 1

93 /100

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Traveller Bunker Hostel 1

Traveller Bunker Hostel 1 is a modern accommodation, providing dormitories for travelers who seek relaxation and comfortable sleeps. Each beds are equipped with reading light, mini fan, USB charging dock, power supply and hanger. Personal lockers are available for each capsule's occupant. Shared bat...
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Purple Haze Tavern

93 /100

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Purple Haze Tavern

Purple Haze is a hidden oasis on the west side of Langkawi where the sun sets in. A community based chill out spot and dormitory by the mangroves for those free spirits.. We offer one fan dormitory with 8 bunk beds and 1 lil' fan double bed in a sea view private room. Apart from just a Hostel Pur...
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Mingle @High Street Kuala Lumpur

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Mingle @High Street Kuala Lumpur

Make Mingle @High Street Kuala Lumpur your home in the city! We've updated this classic property for the 21st century with up-cycled amenities, free Wi-Fi, computers and common area! Fancy a drink? Come up to the in-house attached bar to share cocktails with new friends. Tropical heat getting...
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Barkat Chalets

92 /100

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Barkat Chalets

We are operating a homestay registered with the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia. A number of newly touched-up, Malaysian style chalets with fan and attached bathroom. We also have an 8 bed dormitory available at a backpacker friendly price. Set within nature, our guests have access to...
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Hikers Sleep Port

92 /100

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Hikers Sleep Port

We are your 'home away from home'. Hikers Sleep Port's location is at the heart of the city Tanah Rata and easily access to the Main Bus Station, ATM, Banks, Restaurant and night market. For tourist who are looking for best advise to go for hiking around Cameron Highland as we are the licensed &...
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Dimple Life Hostel

92 /100

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Dimple Life Hostel

Dimple Life Hostel is located in the town of Kota Kinabalu or just 10-15 minutes drives from the Airport. Our location is very close to the Tanjung Aru beach, Philippines Market, Jesselton Point and the largest shopping mall in Kota Kinabalu is just next to us. Our communal area is where you can...
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Cocoa Mews Cafe & Homestay

92 /100

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Cocoa Mews Cafe & Homestay

Cocoa Mews Cafe & Homestay is centrally located in Penang’s Little India, a 10-minute drive from Komtar and less than a 5-minute walk from UNESCO Centre. It provides air-conditioned accommodation and free Wi-Fi in the entire guesthouse. The Rooms are simple with shared bathroom facilities. All r...
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KT Home@Mercu Summer Suite

92 /100

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KT [email protected] Summer Suite

Welcome to KT [email protected] Summer Suite. Great location in the heart of Kuala Lumpur with perfect view of KL Tower from the building, KT Home offers you a fantastic stay for travellers, backpackers and families. We are strategically located at the intersection of Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan A...
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KL Skyline Hostel & Rooftop Infinity Sky pool

92 /100

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KL Skyline Hostel & Rooftop Infinity Sky pool

KL Skyline Hostel & Rooftop Infinity Sky Pool occupied with almost all modern facilities, With Marvelous view from Rooftop Infinity Sky pool and Rooms over Kuala Lumpur City. Amenities Includes Gym, Sky pool and Indoor Swimming pool, library, wall tennis court, cafe, mini market. Hostel is...
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Zoku Lifestyle

92 /100

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Zoku Lifestyle

Zoku Lifestyle is a brand-new hostel designed for international travelers who seek fun, comfortable and unique accommodation options. Our hostel offers more than a simple stay - cultural and intellectual experiences through interactions with locals, other guests and our staff. Our hostel is located...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in Malaysia.

Check out tips from other travellers and bloggers and their experiences in Malaysia.

If you're already planning to visit Malaysia - scroll to the next section for a list of the best places to stay.

The only Mosque in Port Moresby

The Mosque was built by funding from Malaysia and Saudi Arabia.

Martin Anthony

Bird’s-eye view or the best places to feel himself “Big man”!

Why better to forget about the trip to Kuala Lumpur? Don’t worry, it’s not the depressive article about the capital of Malaysia. You will not find here whining and complaints (if you come here just for this). I will not tear my hair and regret that came here. But I’ll tell you why never, in any case, not for anything, for any donuts and buns you must not come to Kuala Lumpur. Everything is very simple. If you come here once, you will return again and again! It is a city that blows the roof if you have it. The city, which blows the brain if you have it. I have neither the one nor the other, I’m lucky. Nevertheless, for this year I was back to Kuala Lumpur 4 times. Four times, Karl! Kuala Lumpur – the city of paradoxes, the city of contrasts, discrepancy and “What’s f#ck going on here!?”. Sample some tender beef in the Hindu cafe? You are Welcome! Meet Buddhist monk in the Mosque? Easily! Help a Muslim guy to choose a gift on Valentine’s Day? I do it every day! And what, in fact, I was waiting from the country, which marks the New Year four times a year!? But what for Russians is the mess, for Malays – clear and works like a clock “Mantana”, system. KL – the locals call their capital city by this abbreviation. Making strange combinations of letters from beautiful names of cities – the tradition has come down to us from ancient ages (remember the famous Troy – TR, Jericho – IHN, Chichen Itza – CHCHTZ). The same fate befell the KL. Everyone call the city by this name. And the indigenous people, who a couple of years ago came here from all over Asia. And foreigners who living here for decades. Only transport companies went against the system, calling KL – KLU. Transport companies always complicate everything.

Vitaly Braga

Negeri Sembilan: Where On Earth Is That?

When mentioning Malaysia, tourists usually only have heard about Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Malacca, Langkawi, Penang, Johor Bahru, Sabah, and Sarawak.

Azzah AR

Experience the other side of Lang Tengah Island with LTTW

Malaysia : Lang Tengah Island, Terengganu How to get to Lang Tengah Island? By Flight Taking airline from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu. You may consider on Firefly Airline, Airasia Airline or Malaysia Airline. Go to Merang Jetty by taxi or van service (Poksu : [email protected]) then take boat to the island. The boat takes about 40 minutes to arrive at Lang Tengah Island. Boat transfer fare around RM100 return.

Jin

My perfect day in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, was the first city Asian city that I ever encountered. The city is loud, vibrant, diverse and definitely worth an extended visit! If, however, you do not have the time to fully immerse yourself in the city here is how I would recommend spending a single day in this majestic city.

Rachael Louise

Making of the travel plan

Aug 2016 Making of the travel plan First things first, I love to travel. I dream about travelling all the time. There were so many obstacles in my way when I was planning this trip. When I finally boarded the plane I couldn’t believe it. I was about to get married in November and I had to get away for one last single trip before getting married. My plan was to travel abroad with a group of strangers. In the start of March 2016, I saw an advertisement of a group tour to Maldives and Bali. I called and signed up for it. A month later, the company called me to tell that they didn’t get the expected response. So they cancelled it. As heartbroken as I was, I started looking for other group tours. I found a university group tour to Indonesia, flying from Karachi. I called them to ask if I could join even though I’m not a student in that university. They said they’ll accommodate me and once again I saw a ray of hope. But once again for some reason, I don’t even remember now they had to cancel. It was exasperating. It was May now and my craving to travel wasn’t letting me be. I took a weekend trip to a northern area of my country but the need to cross borders was still making me restless. It was around June that I found another group tour leaving for Malaysia and Thailand. And again I signed up for it.  Finally boarded the plane… After many other issues and a lot of fighting, begging, crying, emotional blackmailing and threatening, I finally boarded the plane to Kuala Lumpur on 27th August 2016. It was a connecting flight. We landed in Bangkok early morning and then after a few hours stop over, we flew to Kuala Lumpur. And when I say we I don’t mean a group, that never happened. It was me and another girl from another part of my country. She was about five years older than me, an architect, married and teaching in a university.  Kuala Lumpur from my eyes… Furama Hotel in Bukit Bintang After getting cleared from the immigration, claiming our baggage we finally came out. And then we found out that our transfer that was supposed to be arranged by our travel agent back in Pakistan hadn’t arrived. We took a taxi to our hotel. I stayed at Furama hotel in Bukit Bintang. For some reason, I like the sound of Bukit Bintang. I keep saying it even when it was so obviously unnecessary. Anyway, our room was on 24th floor. The lift was too fast. Whenever I went up or down my ears would start acting funny. I loved the room. Those of you who travel a lot would know that wanting-to-dance like feeling after seeing your room know exactly what I was feeling then. Also, there was a waiter from Bangladesh who was very sweet and also he knew a bit of Urdu (my mother tongue).  Exploring the city… I rested for a couple of hours and then I went to explore the city a bit. I went to a chocolate gallery ‘Cocoa Boutique’, bought some chocolates from there. And after that I went to Kuala Lumpur tower, then I went to China market and I went a little crazy over there. At that point in life, some people used to call me a shopaholic. But I’d like to think that it’s just that I was a firm believer in retail therapy. Anyway, that situation is under control now. After china market, I saw the Petronas towers only from outside, and finally, we went for dinner. I was tired but seeing new places makes me feel fresh. And, some shopping didn’t hurt either. Highlight of the trip: Cameron Highlands I headed back to the hotel and next day I was supposed to go to Genting Highlands but I wanted to see tea plantation. So I begged my tour organiser to take me to Cameron Highlands instead of Genting. He said I’ll have to pay extra for that and I happily agreed. This was that point in life when my father took care of all my finances. So I didn’t care much about money. And to be honest, it was worth it. Cameron Highland was the best part of this travel. Next day I woke up at eight in the morning, got ready, had breakfast and left for Cameron Highlands. First, I stopped at this beautiful waterfall for a few minutes. I took some pictures and then went to roadside shops and bought a few things, again, (Sigh!). It was almost a three-hour ride from city to the tea plantation farms. On my way, I stopped at the strawberry farms and picked strawberries which I later ate with Nutella. Tea plantation… When I finally saw the tea farms, I was speechless. It was like a seven-course meal for my nature loving personality. And now that we are talking about that I have to say that I was a little bummed seeing only buildings and no nature in Kuala Lumpur. I know, I know, what else was I expecting? I should’ve known. I wanted so badly to travel that I had to compromise on my preferences. I managed my expectations and still had a good time. But what I really actually love is mountains, waterfalls, farms and greenery. But after seeing Cameron Highlands my soul was dancing. I loved it. After getting lost in the farms and then finding my way back I had iced tea from a café nearby. Then I headed back to the city.

Hira Ahmed

The Megalith hunt

Sometimes they are found erected singly, and sometimes in a group or formation, for reasons basically lost in the mists of time. Those in Malaysia cluster around this area of the peninsula, and tend to be found in groups. Locally they are also called ‘batu hidup’ (=living stones) due to the belief that the stones grow slowly in height once placed.

Teja

Top things to do on your own in Cameron Highlands

These small towns have surprisingly traffic every Friday and Monday. Tourists come and go every day, visitors from Malaysia come up here for the weekend. After all, it only takes two to three hours with a car from Kuala Lumpur. And it takes two hours longer with a bus.

Tina TJ Egede

Where to go COCO in Penang like a “loco”

Go Coconut Hunting in Penang Like a True Local. Where to go COCO in Penang like a “loco” Shen’s Coco Guide in Penang

Shen

THE MIGHTY STONG OF KELANTAN

Gunung Stong (Stong Mountain) is located in Dabong, Kelantan. It measures up to a whopping height of 1421 metres from sea level. Gunung Stong attracts most hiking enthusiasts from Malaysia due to its height and trail that is equally challenging. The main attraction is Air Terjun Jelawang (Jelawang Waterfalls) that is said to be one of the highest waterfalls in Southeast Asia with a height of 303 metres from sea level.

praveena-subramaniam

Getting to Know Bukit Tabur (Tabur Hill)

This article is written to recommend Bukit Tabur to and help other adventurers foreign to Malaysia who want to do an adventurous hike. When I was researching for information, it was hard to put pieces together so now I’m doing it for you. ? I took some exciting risks when I visited Malaysia last August 2016. I have always loved climbing mountains and right after I booked my Airasia flight from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, I googled “mountains to climb near Kuala Lumpur.” I found Bukit Tabur as the most popular result of my search. It’s a limestone ridge popular to locals due to its short proximity to the city, day-hikeable and with a breathtaking view of the sunrise. Even other travelers and backpackers stopping by Malaysia has it on their itineraries. However I found other blogs boasting about accomplishing the Dragonback trek. The name suggests a challenging trail so I also put it in my possible to-do’s. Upon searching however, I found out from bloggers that they did the Dragonback trek with tour agencies like Open Sky Unlimited which could cost RM200 ($50) per person. Since the trek sounded difficult and dangerous, it would make sense to hire a guide to help you keep safe. But there’s no way that I would spend that big for a day hike! Another thing that baffled me was the pictures of Bukit Tabur and Dragonback when searched separately gives the same view. So I started to think, “Could these two names actually refer to the same mountain?” I have tried to find answers but never saw any at that time. So to answer those two problems (cost and confusion), I posted an event in Couchsurfing and Facebook group Hiking & Camping Around Malaysia hoping to find some Malay local/s to (1) clarify if  we can hike tehe trail without a tour guide, (2) verify that bukit tabur is the same as dragonback and (3) simply make a new friends. That’s when I found Joe, a local climber who has been a great help during our actual climb and providing most of the information in this blogpost. He had also been an awesome companion during 5-day outdoor adventures in Malaysia which I will detail in another post. Our climb would probably not be awesome as it was if not for Joe.

Jonai Republica

Mesmerizing Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia : It is a constitutional monarchy located in South-East Asia consisting of 13 states and 3 federal territories. The country is multi-ethnic and multi-cultural. The native language of the people here is Malay with its official religion Sunni Islam and currency Malaysian Ringgit. The head of the state is the king,Yangdi-Pertuan Agong and the head of the government is the prime minister. Kuala Lumpur (KL) is the capital city and the largest administrative city is Putrajaya. KL is the most populous city of Malaysia and is the seat of Parliament of Malaysia.

manika-bisht

Johor Bahru, Growing City

Johor Bahru also known as JB, is the capital state of Johor in Southern Peninsular Malaysia. Once known as the “cowboy town”, is now a leading state in Malaysia, thanks to the current megaproject Iskandar which according to experts will turn Johor Bahru into the biggest financial state in Malaysia. So here are some of interesting places to visit in Johor Bahru.

la-sannah

Penang: Food Heaven of Malaysia

Penang is one of the Malaysian state that is located northwest of Malaysia. Penang consists of two areas which are the island and the mainland that is attached to Malaysia Peninsula. For now, I will cover about the island since I’ve visited it numerous times.  The mode of transportation that I always take whenever I visit Penang is by flight, since it is only one-hour flight from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). There are a lot flights to choose, from Low cost airline to Full service airline and every two hours there is one flight that departs from KLIA. Beside from Kuala Lumpur, you can also fly from other major cities outside Malaysia like Bangkok, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Jakarta and Singapore.

arrum soerjo

Kota Kinabalu: The Small Big City

“What is there even to do in KK at night?” I was asked many times by fellow Sabahans when I was studying in a college Kuala Lumpur in the late 90s. I was 18 then. Since then, just like I have grown from being a teenager to a an adult, the capital of the North Borneon state of Sabah, Malaysia has grown from small town to city status in 2000.

Sabrina Aripen

Desaru: Discovering Surfing in Malaysia

Malaysia is a tropical climate country that does not have four seasons, but it has sunny days and rainy days throughout the year. During the Northeast Monsoon season, the sea will be raging and the tides will be high, which cause some parts of the beaches in Malaysia to be surfable.  Surfing is not a common in Malaysia as a lot of Malaysian still does not know that there is actually waves in the country. The surf community is small and is still growing as the sport has only started to gain popularity over the past 10 years.

Rebecca Toolseram

Malaysia: White Water Rafting at Kuala Kubu Bharu, Selangor

Selangor River: One of the famous spots for white water rafting in Malaysia Selangor River is considered one of the most famous rivers for recreational white water rafting. It is getting more and more popular in recent years not only in Malaysia but in other countries too. Selangor River is listed at grade 2 to 4 river which includes mild rapid to powerful rapid. This is suitable for anyone seeking for enjoyable rafting experience.

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Malaysia's Best Islands: Perhentian and Pulau Kapas

About Malaysia: When one thinks of Asia, about its heavenly beaches or about its noisy and crowded cities that have their charm,  usually you think about Thailand, Vietnam or Sri Lanka, not many imagine Malaysia because it is not so well known. Malaysia is a country that many travelers decide to ignore, so we (Seba and i) decided to go there. And because is it cheap haha! We went in July of 2017 and we do not regret this decision.

Bea González

Travelling through a developed Kuala Lumpur

Excited about writing a blog for this amazing country. I’ve always seen Malaysia with glittering eyes since my childhood. The ad tagging it as ‘Truly Asia’ still plays very familiarly in my head and I got to experience the true essence behind it when landed for the first time in the country’s capital city ‘Kuala Lumpur’. Luckily, we saved at least couple of hours by avoiding long queues as there were not many international or local flights landing at that time. The immigration and clearance process was not very cumbersome and we were happily welcomed in the country. Weather outside was understandably humid as this part of world is tropical and doesn’t carry much of a weather variability in itself throughout the year.

JQtheglobetrotter

Kuala Lumpur: Your Entrance To A Quest For Chill And Thrill

In quest of a major break from my day job, my friend and I decided to book a trip to Malaysia. Much to our delight, the country was a food, entertainment, adventure, and relaxation haven. Malaysia did not disappoint. The second we stepped foot, we breathed in the sweet, minty, slightly sharp and pungent smell of its capital city. Welcomed by the charm of Kuala Lumpur, we wasted no time admiring, taking pictures of the surroundings. Its attractions epitomize the beauty of the whole city. Kuala Lumpur was a mix of chill and thrill and here’s why:

Emmerald Danielle Candido

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