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Accommodation in Malaysia

When people talk about accommodation in Malaysia they usually say it's expensive. Indeed it is harder to find cheap accommodation in many cities. However, with some effort you can keep your stay in the country reasonable cheap.

Kuala Lumpur

Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur
Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur

In cities like Kuala Lumpur, you can find reasonable cheap hotels around Puduraya. Penang also has it's share of cheap hotels and hostels. Prices from RM 30-50 have to be expected for the cheapies.

Another area with cheap hotels is located near the Kuala Lumpur Central Railway Station (KL Sentral). It's also a good location with the monorail to other parts of the city and the bus to the airport available.

For cyclists the problem is basically that some dirt cheap hostels are in higher level buildings, which might require carrying your bicycle up. Some of the hostels have small rooms and fit hardly an extra bicycle. Check the room always first and tell the staff you have a bicycle. They may have some extra space where you can stall your bicycle safely.

Here is a selection of cheaper hotels and hostels in Kuala Lumpur


In Penang there are several areas travelers stay. Batu Ferringhi is a long time favorite of budget travelers. There are along the road several cheap guesthouses located close to the beach.

In case you don't like to stay here, there are many good hotels in Gurney Drive and Georgetown. All hotels are in walking distance of several food malls and shopping centers (with their own food malls). In the vicinity of the Penang UNESCO heritage, the Armenian Quarter, there are also many good hotels.

Many of the backpackers places can be found around Chulia Street and Love Lane.

The hostels here have usually the possibility to put your bike in the room.

Here is a selection of hotels in Penang:

More about Penang


In Malacca, the second UNESCO Heritage city of Malaysia, you have to do a little more work to find the cheapies as they are located outside the direct vicinity of the city center.



Accommodation elsewhere in Malaysia is not really a big problem. The larger towns have usually some hotels available but you might have troubles to find rockbottom cheap accommodation. Cities like Kota Bharu and Kuantan at the east coast have such facilities but should you cycle the east west highway, you either have to camp or spend more money on a place to sleep.

In for example Perak, the larger towns as Taiping, Ipoh, Teluk Intan and Kuala Kangsar have several hotels. In some places it's worth to check out the vicinity. Pangkor's accommodation is varied but there is only one really cheap place (Nazrih Camp) but in the nearby town Sitiawan you can get very accommodation for far less than Lumut/Pangkor.

Typically you can find accommodation at least every 50-60km or so on the west coast while on the east coast it is a little more challenging.

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