Hostels in Sarawak Hostels in Sarawak

You are looking for hostels in Sarawak? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. helps you to find your Sarawak hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Sarawak.

All Cities in Sarawak

We list every single hostel in Sarawak and the world. In total, we have 1 cities in Sarawak for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.

All Sarawak hostels on a map

Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.

Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Sarawak. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking Sarawak

Sarawak is a great destination for nature lovers. It is one of the few places in the world where you can see wild orangutans, but also a variety of other wildlife, virgin forests and caves.

Sarawak is Malaysia’s biggest state and is located on the island of Borneo. It shares the island with the other Malaysian state Sabah, the small sultanate Brunei and the Indonesian state Kalimantan.

Kuching is the capital city of Sarawak and this is where most travellers arrive if coming by plane. Many cheap flights to Kuching can be booked from cities in peninsular Malaysia such as Kuala Lumpur, but there are also frequent flights from Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan in Sabah and a few international destinations. Kuching is known as the cat city and when you walk around the city it is hard to miss why Kuching is called the cat city. Cat-styled decorations can be found all over the city and there is even a cat museum and a cat cafe. Kuching is a pleasant city to spend some time with many shops and a lot of good street food and do some sightseeing before going into the jungle. Sarawak Laksa is a meal from the region and something one should definitely try before leaving the region. Many hostels offering a high quality for a low fare are available in Kuching.

Kuching is also a good departure point to visit the jungle for a few days, watch orangutans at the sanctuary in Semengoh or in the jungle, or just go for a day to the beach near Kuching. Visiting the jungle and getting to see theorang utans is a highlight of every trip to Sarawak. Your hostel can set you up with a nice multi-day tour to the jungle or transport to the jungle.

Miri is another popular city to stop by in Sarawak, but is mostly used as a stopover on the way to the highlands and the Gunung Mulu National Park. Sibu however, is a more pleasant city to spend some time. Visitors can spend time sunbathing on the beautiful white-sand beaches with clear water. Sibu is also the getaway to the Rejang River. The Rejang River is the longest river in Malaysia and here you can do river cruises and watch wildlife such as crocodiles, the proboscis monkey and many bird species.

expert for Sarawak hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Sarawak hostels Martin Straatman

Travel Tips for Sarawak - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Sarawak. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Sarawak. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

FAQ on Hostels in Sarawak

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

There is several hostel booking sites, such as, and While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.

This is where comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in Sarawak?

Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.

You can search for exacty hostel prices in Sarawak here on Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.

When to book hostels?

If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.


Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Sarawak safe?

Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.

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