Malaysia: Accommodation

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Hotels

Hotels in Malaysia

Hotels in Malaysia

Malaysia has many luxury and economy class hotels, enough to tempt any traveller looking for comfort and awe in equal measure. Many new luxury hotels have recently been built in Kuala Lumpur. It is necessary to book well in advance when looking to book a break in Malaysia, especially during school and public holidays when the Malaysians take their holidays in the popular resorts; notably Penang, Langkawi and the highlands. While there are no shortage of quality and affordable hotels across both territories of Malaysia, the more basic hotels provide little in the way of modern washing or bathing facilities, often only offering a water trough instead of a bath or shower. A new official grading system was introduced in 2007, in which hotels are awarded 1-5 stars or an orchid rating if they do not qualify for a star. However, regardless of your taste or budget, you will find plenty to charm and entertain when looking for a hotel break in Malaysia.
 

Hostels

Hostels in Malaysia

Hostels in Malaysia

Malaysia is a member of the International Youth Hostel Federation and has a decent range of available hostels. There are not many youth hostels in the more remote areas of the countryside and smaller surrounding towns, but they are very cheap. Accommodation is in dormitories and meals can be arranged in some of the more established premises. There are many diverse and excellent hostels in Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Penang and Petaling Jaya. There are also subsidised, moderately priced and locally-run motels that are most reminiscent of English bed-and-breakfasts. They are basic, but always clean and comfortable, with full facilities and usually good restaurants close by. As they are primarily travelling inns they tend to fill up quickly, so it is advisable to telephone and reserve a room. As long as you are willing to remain within the environs of the larger cities and towns in Malaysia’s surrounding hinterland, there are many good to great hostels awaiting holidaymakers and backpackers on a budget.
 

Resorts

Resorts in Malaysia

Resorts in Malaysia

There are plenty of resorts in Malaysia where you can go to get away for a couple of days or a more extended break. These include small islands, beaches or even hill resorts. Generally the best time to visit the beach resorts is between February and October, as the year-end months bring with it monsoon rains and winds. One of the most popular, crowded and commercialised island getaways off the Malaysian East Coast is around Tioman. It's located about 45 minutes from Mersing by hydrofoil, or you can take the high-speed ferry from Singapore's Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, about 4 hours. Tioman has nice beaches, chalets, and more expensive hotel resorts. The clear water also makes Tioman ideal for snorkelling and diving. Langkawi is the next best area for excellent Malaysian resorts: a group of 90 plus islands situated near the northern tip on Malaysia, and is probably best accessed by air from Singapore. Famous for its luxurious resorts and beautiful beaches, Langkawi is more a place where you go to relax by the pool or suntan on the beach, while at the same time have all the modern amenities near you. Located about 45 minutes' drive from the capital Kuala Lumpur, Genting Highlands (1700m above sea level) is a popular destination for holidaymakers looking for a little flutter in the sun, largely for its casino and cool weather. There is family entertainment as well, in the form of a theme park and amusement facilities. The drive up and down the winding hill roads can be tricky, so many people prefer to take a coach or cable car. In short, you can find a plethora of fantastic resorts up and down Malaysia, whenever you look to visit.

 

Chalets

Chalets in Malaysia

Cheap beach chalets can be booked once you arrive in Malaysia. The majority of chalets have basic facilities including a shower (sometimes outdoor) and a bathroom. Chalets in Malaysia are a cheaper alternative to hotels, a cleaner alternative to hostels and provide more freedom and privacy than both. Chalets are perfect for young singles, groups and couples.