This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you 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 Mersing.
Mersing is a coastal city in southeast Malaysia and serves as a stopover to some of the most beautiful islands in the region. For locals and travelers alike, this city is just a rest stop before reaching the famous Tioman Islands. However, it has much more to offer than just being a temporary base. Irrespective of whether you are on holiday in this city or just using it as a temporary stopover, the many hostels in Mersing are ready to make your stay here comfortable.
Mersing is unique and has a quiet charisma that represents the very rare, small-town aura of Malaysian cities of the past. The city’s real appeal is its rather slow life, untouched beaches, jungle reserves and rocky coast. Mersing is best explored on foot or on a bicycle; since the traffic is relatively light here, a pleasant experience is guaranteed. The two main roads in the city are bustling with restaurants, cafes and shops serving treats for you to enjoy. Make sure to taste the traditional Malay “kueh” as you explore Mersing’s streets. While in the city’s center, walk around the central hill that stands towering behind the Hindu temple or visit the public park near the ferry jetty that will keep your kids entertained.
Take a 15-minute drive from Mersing to Air Papan Beach for a calm evening walk or to play soccer in the white sands. The drive itself will stun you with some mesmerizing views of the coconut groves against the horizon. Penyabong is another beach that you can explore where you will find remains of the traditional Malay village life. If you have time on your hands, visit the town of Endau and make sure to see its Endau Rompin National Park.
The budget hostels in Mersing are usually run by local families who tend to be extremely friendly from the moment they meet you. You will be welcomed in these hostels even if you arrive late, at odd hours, or make a last minute decision to stay back in the city. The hostels are located close to the ferry jetty, so you can decide to move whenever you want. Book your accommodation at your earliest convenience and have a happy holiday in Mersing, Malaysia.
Written by local enthusiast for Mersing hostelsAaron Barboza