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Hostelz.com's Review
Nomad Borneo Bed & Breakfast is quite possibly the most relaxed backpacker joint in Southeast Asia and it's largely thanks to the wonderful manager Chris and his collection of Iban family and friends that seem to run the place in the same relaxed fashion.

The Location

Nomad is on Green Hills Road, only a few minutes' walk to the river, shops, restaurants, and other sites in Kuching.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The dorm room is actually air conditioned and really clean. There are a series of bunks in the dorm room but they're spaced well apart and you feel like you have plenty of room. Linen is provided. The bathroom is shared and equally spotless. There are also some private rooms upstairs that are either air conditioned or have fans.

Common Spaces

The dorm room comes off the lounge, which extends into the kitchen, so there's a really open and welcoming atmosphere. The reception is here too. There's always something going on in the communal spaces be it the various Iban staff or their friends hanging out, someone cooking up a feast or guests watching a football game or something else on the TV. It's a very sociable place and people often end up having a big cook up and inviting everyone along. There's a nice little patio area outside the kitchen and free Wi-Fi. Guests can help themselves to tea and coffee. All room rates include breakfast which is served at your own convenience and sometimes includes pancakes!


The motto of Nomad is "make yourself at home" and it's a really genuine one. Iban people are probably more renowned for their former headhunting practices, but they are incredibly inclusive and hospitable. Even if you're traveling alone you'll soon find friends here. They also have this great tradition of signing the walls when you leave -- you take a marker pen and leave your message anywhere you like. It's fun reading what other people have written. Most people end up spending a few days in Kuching simply to organise their onward travel, but the Nomad is a good reason to stay a bit longer. The Rainforest World Music Festival is held in Kuching in May/June every year and worth getting to. Prices go up slightly during this period.

by Jo
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
November 2013

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4   Really nice! Stayed for 6 days and splurged a bit on a double room with a/c and bathroom. Really loved the location, the friendly staff and decor. Lots of orange and red, lots of art and the patio with the plants and fish was also good. Oh, and kaya on toast for breakfast? YUM! (never saw pancakes or fruit there, though.) All in all, a great place to stay, so good luck for the future!  , age 51, New Zealand ()
5   Amazing hostel! Nomad is extremely friendly and clean. The manager makes terrific pancakes for breakfast every morning. It's the best place I stayed in Borneo.  , Australia ()

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