Hostels in Kuching, Malaysia

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Get to know Kuching (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Kuching. To help you make friends with Kuching before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Kuching, the charming capital of Sarawak, is one of the two East Malayan states on the island of Borneo. Once you arrive, you will love this city and it's worth it to spend a few days. The laid-back atmosphere, the markets, and the nightlife will detain you here probably for more time then you planned. The city isn't big, so you can discover it on foot, but it has a lot to explore. The waterfront is the main area in the city during day and night; on one side, there are the traditional markets and handicraft shops called the main Bazaar, and on the other side is the historical part with the ancient courthouse building that now houses the tourist center. Obviously the waterfront is also the place where a lot of restaurants, cafes, pubs, and bars appear for an evening drink. Use your time to visit at least one of Kuching's museums -- either Sarawak museum or Islam museum, according to your favorite theme or simply visit both. On the other side of the river, you can find Fort Margherita and the village called Kampongs.

The easiest way to arrive in Kuching is by airplane; there are airport taxis to take you into the city. If you are already in Sarawak, then the bus should be the best option. The hostels in Kuching are pretty fair, with good standards of cleanliness and all the facilities you need for a fair price. When booking your hostel in Kuching, try to stay as near as possible to the waterfront to enjoy the city at its best –- probably as you move closer to the waterfront the prices rise a bit, so find the best tradeoff for yourself.

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FAQ about Kuching Hostels

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A hostel in Kuching costs on average $9 for a dorm. A hostel in Kuching with private rooms costs on average $15.
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Your Packing List for Kuching

Your Packing List for Kuching

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You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Kuching Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Kuching, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
18 Total number of hostels
$9 Average dorm price
$15 Average private room price
$4 Cheapest hostel in Kuching
B&B Inn is the cheapest
6 Party hostels in Kuching
DIY Dorm is the best rated
Most Kuching hostels are located in
Section 33 KTLD
5.3 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Singkawang (166 Km / 103 mi.)
Pontianak (209 Km / 130 mi.)

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