Hostels in Malacca, Malaysia

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Get to know Malacca (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 Malacca. To help you make friends with Malacca before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Guess what? Malacca is also named and spelled Melaka - It is the same destination. Goodbye confusion.

Malacca is locally known as "The Historic State," befitting for Malaysia's only UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site. Historically a trading port and the seat of the old Sultanate since the 1400s, Malacca is well known locally for the Peranakan/Nyonya-Baba culture and cuisine, which is a distinct term used to identify straits-born children of Chinese and Malay descendants from the 1500s.

Apart from the nondescript commercial areas, Malacca's city centre is also peppered with architectural influences from Portuguese, Dutch, and English colonialism. Jonker Steet is usually the centre of cultural activity, and regular "street karaoke" nights are held almost every Sunday by the older Chinese community. It is also a great place to visit for knickknack shopping and food. Local Malaysians travel from all over the country to savour the famous Chicken Rice Ball (chicken, served with balls of oiled rice) and pineapple tart (in many shapes and forms, but generally constructed from a crumbly pastry with pineapple jam) vendors located in this area.

No mention of Malacca food is complete without a recommendation to Nyonya food; adventurous gastronomers, make sure you try the local delicacies -- Otak-Otak (fish cake grilled in banana leaf), Ayam Pongteh (a sweet and savoury chicken dish), and Lor Bak (fried sausage wrapped beancurd).

Many small, local Malacca hostels and guesthouses are also based on Jonker Street, usually housed in old-styled Peranakan houses, which are long and narrow, with a central courtyard, and many rooms to accommodate the usually large families of the Peranakans. Home stays are also becoming popular, with more and more of them being converted from traditional stilt houses (built in the past to avoid floods that strike during the monsoon period).

Malacca also has a variety of beaches -- the two most famous ones are Tanjung Bidara and Pantai Klebang. Although not the best of Malaysia's beaches, there are a variety of resorts from traditional small chalets to big luxurious spa hotels offering a chance to build sandcastles and take part in water sports.

Written by local enthusiast for Malacca hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Malacca hostels Steph

FAQ about Malacca Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Malacca. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Malacca. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Malacca costs on average $7 for a dorm. A hostel in Malacca with private rooms costs on average $43. shows all 18 Hostels in Malacca. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay. compares prices for 18 hostels in Malacca, Malaysia. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Malacca such as
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Malacca 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 Malacca, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
18 Total number of hostels
$7 Average dorm price
$43 Average private room price
$3 Cheapest hostel in Malacca
1 Party hostels in Malacca
Discovery Malacca Hostel is the best rated
Most Malacca hostels are located in
Melaka, Taman Melaka Raya
4.9 Average rating of all hostels

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Travel Tips for Malacca - from the Community

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