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The Best Backpacker Hostels in George Town, Penang

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Need a place to say, but without Shangri-La’s price tag? Here are our top budget finds in this friendly north Malaysian town.
Ryokan Muntri Boutique Hostel Courtesy of hotels.com

Ryokan Muntri Boutique Hostel 宿舍, George Town

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If your top priorities are cleanliness and security, look no further. Ryokan’s Peranakan-style exteriors belie the crisp, contemporary feel inside (think cove lighting, bean bags, and no-frills bunk beds). Everything is spic-and-span, and you need a fob key to get in and out. Location is central, without the noise.

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Free Wifi
Bar
Non smoking
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The 80’s Guesthouse Courtesy of hotels.com

The 80's Guesthouse, George Town

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At the heart of Love Lane (pun? no?), this shophouse-turned-hostel offers comfy, clean beds in air-conditioned rooms for under 60 MYR (15 USD) a night. Breakfast is basic (toast and coffee), the sinks are old school (fat, flat slabs of concrete), and the walls peel a little (for the old “historic” vibe), but it’s a quirky treat nevertheless.

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SIOK Hostel

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This budget house sits bravely at the fork of Penang Road and Chulia Street. Roomy, modern, and well-lit, SIOK (loosely translated as “exciting”) is next door to a famous nasi kandar place, Line Clear, and two streets away from colorful Little India. Watch the stars from the rooftop terrace, or play table football in the common lounge.

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Wassup Youth Hostel Courtesy of hotels.com

Wassup Youth Hostel, George Town

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If you’re not fussy, this budget hostel will have fun decor and a great lounge area to make up for its less-than-super-clean rooms. Located on the fiercely busy Penang Road, you’ll be hard pressed to find a livelier place to stay.

Hotel Amenities
Free Wifi
Bar
Swimming pool
Non smoking
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The Frame Guesthouse, George Town

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With funky cafés, spirited bars, and lip-smacking street food, is it any wonder that Chulia Street is the go-to place for travelers? When you’re done partying it down, The Frame offers clean beds in a modern-minimalist setting, complete with pendant lights and marble countertops. If you need it, their laundry service is quick and cheap, too.

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Free Wifi
Non smoking
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