Here are our picks of the best accommodation options in Malaysia for solo female travellers.
BackHome Hostel, popular with backpackers, is cosy and cheap. ― Pic courtesy of BackHome Kuala Lumpur Facebook Page
Solo female travel is on the rise as an increasing number of women are becoming more career-minded and adopting an independent lifestyle. And those with jobs that require them to traverse the world alone may have developed a taste for being a global citizen along the way.
Knowing oneself is the key point for a woman travelling solo. Are you the beach bum type? A small chalet by the sea is just what you need. Or are you more of the bed-and-breakfast-in-the-old-part-of-a-city kind of gal? You must be someone who enjoys the vibrance as well as the history of that particular place.
For a woman travelling on her own, safety is always paramount so one must actively check for reviews and available facilities. Doing your homework helps to ensure maximum comfort and a stress-free holiday.
For those who love luxury travel, Hotel Istana is a good choice. ― Pic courtesy of Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur Facebook Page
We’ve come up with a list of best places to stay in strategic points of interest in Malaysia for solo female travellers out there. Do note: best isn’t necessarily cheap, and cheap isn’t always bad. As they say, there’s always a choice. Here goes:
Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur
It is centrally located in the Golden Triangle vicinity which is close to efficient public transportation, glitzy shopping malls, entertainment centres and endless numbers of eateries. This five-star hotel is ideal for those who want all the frills of a full-service accommodation such as room service, business centre, gym, restaurants and top-notch housekeeping.
BackHome Hostel, Kuala Lumpur
This affordable boutique hostel is situated within a 15-minute walk of Chinatown, Berjaya Times Square and PETRONAS Twin Towers. The rooms feature air conditioning, individual lockers and shared bathrooms with hot shower facilities. There’s also a café serving light refreshments such as sandwiches and salads. Guests can surf the Web at the Internet kiosk or borrow a book from the mini library. Alternatively, they can watch TV in the common area or prepare light meals in the small shared pantry. Luggage storage is available at a surcharge.
Hostel Orchid Haven, Cameron Highlands
A great deal for solo travellers, the hostel is a 5-minute walk from the nearest bus station in Tanah Rata. This hostel encourages social interaction through the provision of a common lounge with TV and sofas. WiFi is available throughout the property. The dormitory rooms come with a reading light and electrical sockets for each bed. Towels, shoe shelves, personal locker, hot shower, hairdryer, mirrors, filtered water, daily complimentary beverage (tea and coffee), and daily breakfast are also provided. Eateries and banks are a stone’s throw away.
Alsafffa Homestay is a great bargain for solo Langkawi beach retreat. ― Pic courtesy of Alsafffa Homestay Facebook Page
Holi 1Medini Themed Suites, Nusajaya
This establishment provides accommodation with free WiFi and a garden with an outdoor swimming pool, complimentary private parking, flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a fridge, and a private bathroom with bath or shower. Some units feature a dining area and/or balcony. The wellness area of the property includes a sauna. A little far from Johor Bahru town centre but it is peaceful, nonetheless. And Singapore is just a short drive away — about 30 km if you fancy going there.
Alsafffa Homestay, Pantai Cenang, Langkawi
The 1-star guest house offers good value and location. It has a garden, a terrace, air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom, and free WiFi. You can take a 15-minute walk to attractions such as Underwater World Langkawi, and rent a car or bike as well.
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