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 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.

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

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.
22 Total number of hostels
$15 Average dorm price
$28 Average private room price
$6 Cheapest hostel in Penang Island
Little India Heritage Villa is the cheapest
4 Party hostels in Penang Island
Ez Social Hostel is the best rated
Most Penang Island hostels are located in
George Town
6.7 Average rating of all hostels

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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!

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