Malaysia accommodation

Everyone’s tastes and budgets are different but we thought it might be helpful for other cyclists to have some idea of what accommodation  was available along our route.  Below is a list of the places we stayed while in Malaysia with some detail on price and style of accommodation.  You may also want to check out Peter & Wendy Bowden’s journal on Crazyguyonabike for another list of Malaysia accommodation – here is the link 2WheelsRTW.

Sungai Rengit
Tai Hoe Hotel, 35 Jalan Haji Abu Bakar –  95MR Deluxe Room, ensuite, A/C, refrigerator, TV, 2nd floor, bikes kept in the room (no lift).  We got a deluxe because the bikes would not fit in a standard room.

Hotel was on the right as we came into town, just across the street from a bakery.  Hotel was clean and relatively quiet but very basic room.  The owner’s son who worked at the front desk spoke English very well and was able to point us in the right direction to get a Malaysia SIM and internet card.  We think most of the other hotels in town are about the same price.

Tanjung Balau
Chalet Tanjung Balau – 90MR Chalet, ensuite, A/C

This is a very small fishing village and only has these chalets and a separate hotel – hard to miss them.  The chalet was cute on the outside but not great inside – old and musty with the bathroom off the back of it.  Lots of open cracks for mosquitoes to get in.  I think the hotel rooms at 140 MR might have been a better  selection.

Kampung Sedili Kecili
Mutiara Motor Resort, on main road through town – 98MR, chalet with ensuite, A/C, TV, kettle, bikes kept in the room

Chalet was passable, don’t think there was much else in town.  There was a restaurant on the premises that served lunch, had to go over to the hawker stalls in town (10min walk) to get dinner.  Very quiet very small little village.

Kota Tinggi
Rest Inn, 1-4 Jalan Abdullah, Kota Tinggi (around the corner from a big 10-story hotel)  – 87MR, ensuite, A/C, T/V, hot and cold water dispenser in lobby, bikes kept in the room.

This hotel was only about a year old when we were there so everything was quite new and clean.  Not too far walk to the main area of town where there were restaurants and a shopping mall.  This was bargain for the quality.

Mersing
The Timotel, 839 Jalan Endau, Mersing (main highway, just across the bridge) – 130MR, standard room, ensuite, A/C, included breakfast (nothing spectacular), bikes kept in room off lobby

A bit old and musty, not a great bargain.  There was another newer hotel further down the road that may be nicer but it seemed quite a way to walk back into town.

Kluang
Hotel Rea, 57 Jalan Captain Ahmad – 50MR, standard room, ensuite, A/C, filtered water available in lounge area on first floor, bikes kept in storeroom on ground floor.

Newer hotel but pretty small basic room, no lift.  Threadbare sheets and pretty bad mattress.

Batu Pahat
B&S Boutique Hotel,  8 Jalan Abu Bakar – 118MR, standard room, ensuite, A/C, kettle available on request, bikes kept in room

This was a relatively new hotel (less than 1 year) and the rooms were very nice and clean.  The hotel restaurant was good with decent prices but it was also easy walking to other good eating places.  We stayed two nights here.

Muar
Streetview Hotel, 11 & 13 Jalan Ali – 88MR, standard room with ensuite, A/C, TV, bikes kept in the room

This hotel was the new one of the chain of ‘view’ hotels (Streetview, Townview, Riverview).  The room was clean and nice and the location was good for lots of eateries.  We stayed two nights here.

Melaka
Old Town Family Guesthouse, 119 Jalan Temenggong – 45MR, double bed room with A/C, shared bathroom, kitchen facilities, included toast/jam and coffee for breakfast, bikes kept in locked stairwell.

This guesthouse got great reviews on Tripadvisor but didn’t quite live up to our expectations.  The proprietors (French guy and Malay wife) were nice.  Our room was okay but the bed wasn’t all that comfortable and the sheets and pillows seemed a bit musty.  The main areas of the guesthouse were not airconditioned so it was pretty warm outside the room, not really conducive to hanging out as we had hoped.  The guesthouse is about a 15 minute walk from Jonker street.  There are a couple of good Indian restaurants nearby and a mostly Chinese hawker stall across the street.  I think I’d probably look for something a bit closer to Jonker Street if we had it to do again.

Port Dickson
Avillon Admiral Cove, 51/2 mile Jalan Pantai (just off main highway) – 157MR (internet rate), standard room, ensuite, A/C, TV,breakfast included, bikes kept in room.

This was a resort about 8k or so before the actual town of Port Dickson.  We booked this online to get the best rate, walk in rate was pretty expensive.  Room was pretty nice but it is relatively isolated, though they have a restaurant and bar.  There may be better cheaper options in the town of Port Dickson but most seem to be resorts and some looked pretty run down.

Taman Pelangi
Gano Farm Homestay, Lot 700 Jalan Laut Membriu – 78MR, standard room with ensuite, A/C, bikes kept in room

This was a hotel that was part of the mushroom farm.  The room was very basic.  It is walking distance to several restaurant and there is supposed to be a famous coffee place in the little town but we did not see it.  The mushroom farm is interesting and there is a store that sells various mushroom products and some other limited food products.

Klang
Premiere Hotel, Bandar Bukit Tingi 1/KS6  – 191MR (internet rate), standard room, ensuite, A/C, TV, bikes kept in room

This was a very nice hotel that is actually about 5k south of the center of Klang, only 4* hotel in Klang apparently.  The room was very nice, felt like luxury and was very enjoyable!  There is a Tesco right next door, a really good Indian restaurant across the street, and the big shopping mall is about 2k away with a free hotel shuttle to take you there.

Kuala Selangor
Hotel Zande, 48A-50A Jalan Raja Jalil – 50MR standard, ensuite, A/C, filtered hot and cold water in lounge area, bikes kept in room (no lift)

Pretty basic hotel in the oldtown area, across the street from the place where the trams leave to go up to the mountain.  The rooms were okay.  There is a newer part of town that has a Tesco and more restaurants, including an OldTown White Coffee shop that you get to before you reach the old town that might be better to to stay in.  There are a couple of hotels there or close to that area, though you will be further from the nature park and the mountain.

Sungai Besar
Ocean Hotel, 21B & 23B,Jalan Panchang Bedena,Sungai Besar,45300 Selangor – RM72 double room, ensuite, A/C,TV, free WI-FI in lounge . The bikes were kept in the reception area (1st floor)

Only place in town, rooms pretty basic.  Indian restaurant around the corner to the left of the hotel was the best place to eat.

Teluk Itan
Anson Hotel, Jalan Sekolah – 90MR, standard room, ensuite, A/C, TV, filtered cold water in lobby, free Wi-Fi in lobby.  Bikes kept on balcony outside room.

Clean and simple rooms, hotel was in a good location, around the corner from large store with some restaurants around.

Tapah
NH Hotel, 24 Jalan Stesen – 60MR, standard room, ensuite, A/C, TV (no English).  Bikes kept in room.

Pretty rough hotel, room pretty grungy but there are not many options in this little town.  There is another hotel across the street but it looked just as bad, if not worse.  Not many places to eat, not a place to spend any length of time…

Tanah Rata
Planters Hotel, 44 Jalan Besar (main road into town) – 130/160MR (discount off standard rate b/c breakfast not included) for standard room, ensuite, TV (English channels), kettle, free Wi-Fi.  Bikes kept in room.

This hotel was pretty new (less than 1 year old) so was in pretty good condition and facilities were clean.  It is pretty wet and humid in the Cameron Highlands so the room felt somewhat damp.  There is no need for A/C up there but would be good to have a fan to try to move the air around a bit.  Lots of accommodation options in Tanah Rata, including much cheaper hostels but we wanted a nicer place as we were planning to stay a few days.

Ipoh
Ipoh City Hotel, 18 Jalan Dass – 94MR, standard room, ensuite, A/C, TV (no English channels), kettle, refrigerator.  Bikes kept in room.

New hotel so room and facilities relatively clean.  It was walking distance to many restaurants, the Ipoh Parade (shopping area) and the touristy areas.  We stayed two nights.

Pangkor Island
Puteri Bayu Beach Resort – 250MR for Sea View Villa, ensuite, A/C, TV (2 English channels), kettle, refrigerator, free Wi-Fi in lobby area

Not where we intended to be but our booking at Nipah Guesthouse did not pan out despite getting confirmation from the owner.  The room at this resort is not worth the money, as it is pretty worn down but not a lot choices as we were there during a holiday period.  The Nipah Guesthouse looked really nice – low key but nice (about 120MR) so if I had the chance I would stay there (provided I made sure the booking was fully confirmed!).

Taiping
Legend Hotel, 2 Jalan Long Jaafar, Taiping – 145MR for deluxe room (rate was higher than normal because of Hari Raya holiday).  Decent room with ensuite, A/C, wi-fi, breakfast included.  Bikes kept in room.  7-11 and other shops close by.

Nibong Tebal
Stayed with Warmshowers host Munusamyreddie Reddie (David).  David previously had a house where he hosted people but has since moved to smaller rented quarters in town and the accommodation is pretty basic.  He has a lot of interesting to things to show people around his area and is a fount of information.  See http://www.bicycletouringmalaysia.com or his entry on Warmshowers.

Georgetown
Chulia Heritage Hotel, No 380 Chulia Street, Georgetown, Penang – 130MR for standard room (booked through Agoda), upgraded at check-in.  The room was pretty small but clean, with A/C, wi-fi, ensuite, TV with a couple of English channels.  Very nice staff. Bikes kept in the room.

We stayed here two times.  The location was good (close to the Rainforest Bakery and Ecco restaurant) and it is set back off the road so seemed pretty quiet.  Pretty good value for money.

Hotel Penaga, Corner of Jalan Hutton & Lebuh Clarke, Georgetown, Penang – incredibly nice hotel that was a treat from my sister who came to visit.  We stayed in one of the Clarke suites, with loungeroom/kitchen on first floor and two bedrooms (both ensuite) upstairs.  Lovely but way outside our budget.  There are also hotel-type rooms.

Langkawi
Beach Garden Resort, Pantai Cenang, Langkawi – 250MR for room, ensuite, fridge, A/C, breakfast included.  Bikes kept in the room.  No wi-fi.

This was a nice spot right on the beach run by a German fellow.  There were lounge chairs and umbrellas for the guests and a covered area with tables and chairs where you could just hang out.  The room was pretty decent though the bathroom was a bit dated.  The breakfast was great with lots of good choices – served until 1pm so you could actually make it lunch.

Lots of places to eat along the strip.  There are lots of accommodation choices on Pantai Cenang but generally the prices are a bit higher than you would find elsewhere in Malaysia.

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