Hostel in Taiping, Malaysia

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

A quiet and pleasant town, Taiping's name means "great peace" in Chinese. During the English colonial rule, it was one of the main tin mining towns of Malaysia. As a result, it is home to many immigrant Chinese families. Cendol, an Indian dessert made of green noodles in a concoction of brown sugar, coconut milk soup and shaved ice, is a must try in this town.

There is no place better to enjoy the serenity of Taiping than Taiping Lake Gardens, a network of man-made ponds and landscaped gardens created out of the abandoned tin mines of the past. Make sure you visit the rain tree lined road; the trees are centuries old and droop picturesquely towards the lake's edge. Due to the tropical humidity of Malaysia, the best time for visiting is in the early morning or late evening when the temperature is cooler. From Taiping Lake Gardens, it is easy to access the Taiping Zoo (which offers a nighttime safari), Perak Museum, and the Taiping Prison. The best place to find a hostel in Taiping is a short walk away from Lake Gardens, near the Taiping Clock Tower.

A trip up to Maxwell Hill (Bukit Larut) is a miniature journey back in time. Known as Malaysia's first hill resort, Maxwell Hill does not have many hostels, but a stay in one of its many bungalows or guest houses is recommended due to the place’s old world charm. Midway to the top is the Tea Garden House that was once part of the tea-estate. The summit offers lovely views of Taiping, the Lake Gardens, and on a clear day even as far as the Malacca Straits. Being the site of a key battlefield during World War 2, the road up to Maxwell Hill is lined with gravestones of the soldiers who lost their lives fighting the Japanese army during that time.

A short night trip out from your hostel to the town of Kuala Sepetang is also worth your while. Here you can rent small boats called “sampans” to see the fireflies along the river, although it is recommended that you take strong mosquito repellent with you.

Written by local enthusiast for Taiping hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Taiping hostels Steph

FAQ about Taiping Hostels

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Your Packing List for Taiping

Your Packing List for Taiping

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Taiping 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 Taiping, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
1 Total number of hostels
$12 Average dorm price
$11 Cheapest hostel in Taiping
Sojourn Beds & Cafe is the cheapest
8.7 Average rating of all hostels

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