A backpacker's guide to Malaysia

By Michele Koh Morollo

Traveling in Malaysia need not be expensive

With its close proximity to Singapore, Brunei, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines and budget airline flying regularly to many of its cities, Malaysia is a great destination for backpackers exploring Southeast Asia. Its 13 states: Johor, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan, Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Pahang, Terengganu, Kelantan, Perak, Kedah, Perlis in Peninsula Malaysia, and Sarawak and Sabah in Borneo each offer different sights, sounds and tastes for the budget traveller. The country’s many affordable hostels and backpacker accommodations, cheap and delicious street foods and friendly locals make it a destination that is easy to navigate and easy on the wallet too. Here are some spots that are ideal for those who want to experience Malaysia on a shoestring budget.


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