Malaysia has many hotels of luxury and economy class. It is necessary to book well in advance, especially during school and public holidays when the Malaysians take their holidays in the popular resorts, notably Penang, Langkawi and the highlands. The more basic hotels have little in the way of modern washing or bathing facilities, often only a water trough instead of a bath or shower. There is no formal classification system.
Government tax of 5% and
service charge of 10% are added to bills. Tips are only expected (on the
basis of good service) for room service and porterage. Laundry service is
available in most hotels. For further information, contact the Malaysian
Association of Hotels, No. 85-2 (2nd Floor), Jalan 3/76 D Desa Pandan, 55100
Kuala Lumpur (Tel: 03 982 8477; fax: 03 982 8479; e-mail:
There is lots of budget hostel throughout
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Government Rest Houses
These are subsidised, moderately priced hotels. They are basic, but always
clean and comfortable, with full facilities and usually good restaurants. As
they are primarily travelling inns they tend to fill up quickly, so it is
advisable to telephone and reserve a room.
There are camping facilities in the Most of the National parks. Here jungle
lodges provide tents, camp beds, pressure lamps and mosquito nets for trips
into the rainforests.
Malaysia is a full member of the International Youth Hostel Federation.
There are not many youth hostels, but they are very cheap. Accommodation is
in dormitories and meals can be arranged. Visitors must register at the
hostel from 1700-2000. Hostels are to be found in Cameron Highlands, Kuala
Lumpur, Kuantan, Malacca, Penang and Port Dickson. Further details can be
obtained from the Malaysian Youth Hostel Association, Kuala Lumpur
International Youth Hostel.
Increasing in popularity in many states, Malaysian Homestay Programmes
combine budget accommodation with the opportunity to experience typical
Malaysian life. For further details, contact the Association of Homestay
Malaysia, Kampung Ketam 1, 28010 Kerdau Temerloh, Pahang (tel: (9) 284 6616;
fax: (9) 284 6610).
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