The historic cities, lush rainforest and sun-kissed beaches of magical Malaysia offer a plentiful supply of budget and backpacker accommodation. Whether you’re touring historic sites, scuba diving or roaming the rainforest on a shoestring, the following are just a few of the super guesthouses and hostels available when it comes to the Malaysia accommodation that’s on offer.
A major backpacker hub on the mainland, little Cherating has lots of affordable lodgings and a casual, friendly atmosphere. Cherating Cottage boasts rooms and bungalows with balconies, and an onsite restaurant; while Payung Guesthouse has well-maintained cheap chalets close to the beach. Some other well-kept, budget-friendly properties are Maznah Guesthouse and Mata Hari Chalets.
Penang’s picturesque Georgetown is the second largest city in Malaysia and has a number of great guesthouses. In the heart of the lovely Batu Ferringhi beach area, clean and cosy Annie’s Homestay boasts a friendly family ambience; while Hutton Lodge Guesthouse graces a recently restored colonial building with spacious rooms, extra-large beds and Wi-Fi in the lobby. LazyBoys Travelodge is housed in a traditional Malay house across from the beach, and even has its own recording studio.
Cosmopolitan capital Kuala Lumpur has some excellent hostels. Right in the middle of Bukit Bintang, the historic Red Palm’s charming five rooms, pretty décor and peaceful ambience have landed it on Hostel World’s Best List. Hostels are cheapest in the Chinatown area, and super-value Pudu Hostel has 40 rooms, bar, pool den, lockers and a jolly communal atmosphere.
The 99 lovely islands of Langkawi boast plentiful basic beach chalets, including Butterfly Chalets, Sandy Beach Resort and Malibest Chalets. Friendly Kedawang Beach Inn boasts colourful cottages and a communal kitchen.