There is often a good selection of hostels in Malaysia’s main tourist areas, though accommodation on islands and in coastal areas (except Penang) may be closed during the monsoon season. Standards vary, so be sure to check dorms, when possible, before booking a stay of more than just a night or two. Bedbugs can be problematic in Malaysia, so keep your bags off your beds and check for the presence of bedbugs before going to sleep.
Solo travellers can find dorm beds almost countrywide for around 30 MYR per night. The average hostel prices in Malacca and Kuching are generally the lowest, whereas Johor Bahru and Sandakan are often the priciest places to stay.
Private rooms with shared bathrooms and simple beach chalets can be a great alternative for travellers that want to keep costs down but don’t want to share a room with others.