Malaysia is known for it’s great price and value with hostels. Malaysia has thousands of hotels, hostels, resorts and also a very wide range of guesthouses and B&Bs. Therefore it’s often difficult for travelers to choose where they wish to spend their holidays in Malaysia. For now, we will look for the best choice for those interested in staying in hostels for a good and cheap price. Hostels mainly offer a strategic location along with comfort at an affordable price, whereas hotels offer more privacy, tranquility and luxury.
Fortunately, there is a wide choice of hostels in Malaysia, where some are better than others. Below are the top 5 of the best budget hostels in Malaysia, which are looked at price, quality and service to make sure everyone has a good hostel to choose from.
BackHome (Kuala Lumpur)
Then let's start right at the hostel which has combined the best quality and budget prices making this a very popular hostel in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. Since it opened its doors in 2009, Back Home is listed as the # 1 hostel in Malaysia by Hostelworld. In addition, it is also in the top 3 of best hostels in Asia and in the top 10 of hostels worldwide. BackHome is located at the heart of KL’s historic district. BackHome offers a wide range of facilities including; 24 hours security, air conditioning, free internet access and WiFi, free breakfast, a café and many more facilities and policies.
The prices range from RM62 to RM100 (per night and per person) which you can choose for how many people, if you want a private room (the bathroom you have to share) or choose a mixed room where you share everything with others. This option is best for people who are willing to pay a little extra for a hostel.
Roommates Penang (Penang)
The name says it all; Roommates Penang is centrally located in Penang, it is within walking distance to all the heritage attractions, clan temples and places of worship making Roommates Penang one of the best and one of the most beautiful hostels to stay during your trip through Malaysia. It offers a 24 hour reception, free breakfast, hot showers (very rare in hostels!), free WiFi, free city maps and so much more. Unfortunately, Roommates Penang offers only mixed rooms with 8 beds, so the people who appreciate their privacy may not be in favour for this. However it is perfect for those traveling in big groups.
By contrast, the price is always the same; RM32 per person, per night.
Dillenia Guest House (Miri)
A hostel which is located away from the crowds and big cities, perfect for those seeking peace and are more interested in seeing the nature (and wildlife), discovering new areas and are trying to discover the green area of Malaysia. A major advantage of this hotel is that there is a wide range of different rooms; Family rooms, honeymoon rooms and multi bedrooms for male, female & mix. The costs vary from RM28.25 to RM60 (per person, per night) making this hostel very suitable for every person which is nearby and is looking for a hostel.
Memory Guesthouse JB (Johor Bahru)
This is still a hostel from the 'old days', small and simple rooms with a mattress on the floor and a fan against the heat. The reason this hostel is in the top 5 of budget hostels is because it is very close to Singapore, with the car, it will take you around 20 minutes to get you to Singapore, with public transport, it will take you around 1 hour to get to Singapore. In addition, the costs per night are very low, the costs range from RM25 to RM30.
Min House Camp (Kota Bharu)
We close the top five list with a hostel which is located in Kota Bharu, it is a mini-house camp; they provide only small houses that are perfect; especially for people who decide to stay here 2 to 3 days. The camp is located in Malay Traditional Village, (there is no alcohol allowed in the village). It has a traditional feel when you wake up in the morning you really feel like you're in the jungle. The hostel also has a large collection of animals; birds, monkeys, pythons, rabbits, fish and iguanas. You'll stay in a mixed room for 14 people, price is always RM13.00 per night, per person.
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Heading over to the East instead? If you’re looking for more luxury living in the Borneo islands, check out this article on the 5 Luxurious Hotels in Kota Kinabalu.