35 Hostels in Penang Island, Malaysia

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

George Town, the main city on Penang Island, is filled with impressive historical buildings that line its streets. It is these buildings that earned the town a UNESCO World Heritage Site listing in 2008. The Chinese had a strong influence over much of the area when it was settled and as such there are some beautiful Chinese temples to visit, such as Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion and Khoo Khongsi. They are all within walking distance of each other and you can get a map from an information center that depicts all of the spots to see and how to go about them on the walking tour. Along with the Chinese architecture, you will also find some British buildings within the area such as Fort Cornwallis and the Victorian Clocktower that were built during the war.

Any trip to George Town must include a journey to the top of Penang Hill to overlook the city and the island. It is a strenuous, steep, two-hour hike to the top if you are up to the challenge. For those who want the impressive views without the hassle of the walk, you can organize for a tuk tuk driver to take you up and bring you back down. There are some other attractions that you can see around the island -- ask at the information desk about transport to and from these other attractions.

Hostels in George Town are spread throughout the city center. It is only a small place, so you are within walking distance of all attractions within the George Town city center and anything else that you may need.

Written by local enthusiast for Penang Island hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Penang Island hostels Globetrotter

FAQ about Penang Island Hostels

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

Hostelz.com shows all 35 Hostels in Penang Island. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
The Frame Guesthouse is the best hostel in Penang Island for couples.
Queen's Hostel is the best hostel in Penang Island for families.
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Drippin' Dragon Hostel is the best rated hostel for partying in Penang Island.

It offers: Bar.

Your Packing List for Penang Island

Your Packing List for Penang Island

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Penang Island and Malaysia.

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.

Get your full Packing List here

Penang Island 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 Penang Island, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
35 Total number of hostels
$11 Average dorm price
$9 Cheapest hostel in Penang Island
Old Penang GuestHouse is the cheapest
1 Party hostels in Penang Island
Drippin' Dragon Hostel is the best rated
Most Penang Island hostels are located in
George Town, Batu Ferringhi
7.5 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Alor Star (81 Km / 51 mi.)
Taiping (82 Km / 51 mi.)
Langkawi (112 Km / 70 mi.)
Pantai Cenang (113 Km / 70 mi.)
Kampung Padang Masirat (114 Km / 71 mi.)
Arau (115 Km / 71 mi.)
Ipoh (130 Km / 81 mi.)

Travel Tips for Penang Island - 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 Penang Island. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Penang Island. 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!

We loves Penang Island. Especially George Town with all the colorful paintings in the streets. If you stay there you should visit "the mugshot" and "The Alley". Here you get the best Churros and Bagels - promise!


Just go there and find Jim's Place. This friendly guy helps whenever and however he can. An angel in Georgetown -- also with excellent food, internet, and cheap accommodation.


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