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For The Savvy Travellers: 5 Unique Budget Stays Worth Staying in Malaysia

1.) Paganakan Dii Tropical Retreat, Sabah

Mile 14, Jalan Labuk, Sepilok,
Sandakan, Malaysia


    Nestled amid the lush tropical forest of Sabah, the air is refreshing, the ambiance is stunning, and you can be sure that by staying here you are so close to the melodic sound of the nature, which should be a delight to unwind yourself from all hustle and bustle.

    Nearby attractions include the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation & Rainforest Discovery Center, do check with the help desk for shuttle service arrangement.

    Price start from as low as MYR30 (about USD 10) for a single bed in dormitory room; available as well are standard and superior private rooms.


2.) Tofu Cafe Beds & Bikes, Penang

484, Lebuh Pantai (Beach St.),
Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia


    Gaining popularity for its contemporary and colorful interior design, Tofu Cafe Beds & Bikes is located conveniently in the Georgetown centre within 10 minutes walk to Komtar main bus hub, nearby attractions include also major shopping malls, Little India and Khoo Kongsi.

    Though the price's slightly expensive at MYR55 (USD18) per bed in a mixed dormitory room, but judging from its unique decoration and spacious placement of each bed between one another that offers some privacy, and the eco-friendly concept practiced here, you are actually contributing to the conservation of environment while travelling, which is a good thing.

    Bonus point,breakfast's included, plus friendly services such as bicycle rental, library facility & wifi.


3.) Cafe 1511, Malacca

52 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock,
Malacca, Malaysia


    When you visit Malacca, you wouldn’t want to miss out the chance to experience its rich Nyonya heritage culture, what better way than living truly in it? Sited at the vicinity Of Jonker Walk, Cafe1511 is carefully preserved for its significant value of being part of the Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum in the state.

    Generally a homestay style, there are five private rooms, each named after the signature dishes of the Nyonya. Smoking is strictly prohibited here and available is only a shared bathroom for all rooms.

    The setback is that this place may not come friendly to elderly travelers due to the slightly steep staircase it takes to reach to the rooms upstairs. Average price starts from MYR70 (USD23) for a single room with breakfast included.


4.) Rainforest Bed and Breakfast, Kuala Lumpur

No 27 Jalan Mesui, Off Jalan Nagasari, Bukit Bintang,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


    The wooden touch of this place set a distinctive feature to itself, the most favorable quality though is its strategic location situated just in the center of the Golden Triangle in Kuala Lumpur, within walking distance to Pavillion Mall, Starhill and many more entertainment attractions at the city.

    Average Price start from MYR39 (USD13) for a bed in a 3bed shared room, breakfast included. Private rooms are available too.

     Other facilities including safe box, wifi, air-conditioning, luggage room and washing machines.


5.) The Nipah Chalet, Tioman Island

Kampung Nipah, Tioman Island,


    If you are a budget traveler who doesn’t mind of the basic hotel facilities and amenities; who enjoys the tranquility of nature; who appreciate that few days escape from the mobile technology tied-up and in return, you get the chance to have all the relaxation you need from the private beach in front of this chalet, then this place may be the ideal place for you.

    Types of rooms include Standard No View and Chalet Seaview. The price can be as low as MYR50 (USD 16) at promotional point. Do check with the chalet owner on the arrangement for water sport activities (non-motorized).

     Boat transportation arrangement comes with additional cost, do take note.



Hotels in Penang

Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa
Batu Feringgi Beach, Penang, Malaysia

Hotel Equatorial Penang Malaysia
1 Jalan Bukit Jambul, Penang, Malaysia

Parkroyal Penang, Malaysia
Batu Ferringhi Beach, Penang, Malaysia

Traders Hotel Penang Malaysia
Magazine Road, Penang, Malaysia

G Hotel Gurney Penang Malaysia
168A Persiaran Gurney, Penang, Malaysia

**more hotels in Penang**

To Eat

Bandung Noodle

Appetizing for its thick gravy, not too spicy and thus suitable for most. The name "Bandung" meaning mixed.

Prawn Noodle

The soup broth of dried shrimps and of course the fresh prawns in the noodle and this the dish tastes sweetly spicy.

Wantan Noodle

To determine a good bowl of Wantan Mee lies at the Char Siu slices, whether it’s succulent and secondly, the quality of the Wantan .

Jawanese Noodle

Some claimed that Mee Jawa was popularized by the Indonesia Java community during their early settlement in Malaya.

Pork Noodle

Undoubtedly another much preferred noodle soup among the Chinese, the pork noodle really lives up to its reputation.

To See

Mahsuri Mausoleum

Built in honor of Mahsuri, a lady whose story’s well spread among folklores. The locals hope that Mahsuri’s soul would also be able to rest in peace.

Dutch Fort Pangkor

The fort was built in four squares of ten yards each, with high solid stone walls reaching about thirty feet in height.