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Malaysia has many hotels of luxury and economy class. Many new luxury hotels have recently been built in Kuala Lumpur. It is necessary to book well in advance, especially during school and public holidays when the Malaysians take their holidays in the popular resorts, notably Penang, Langkawi and the highlands. The more basic hotels have little in the way of modern washing or bathing facilities, often only a water trough instead of a bath or shower. There is no formal classification system.


Government tax of 5% and service charge of 10% are added to bills. Tips are only expected (on the basis of good service) for room service and porterage. Laundry service is available in most hotels. For further information, contact the Malaysian Association of Hotels, No. 85-2 (2nd Floor), Jalan 3/76 D Desa Pandan, 55100 Kuala Lumpur (Tel: 03 982 8477; fax: 03 982 8479; e-mail: mahotel@po.jaring.my, or www.hotel.org.my).



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Government Rest Houses

These are subsidised, moderately priced hotels. They are basic, but always clean and comfortable, with full facilities and usually good restaurants. As they are primarily travelling inns they tend to fill up quickly, so it is advisable to telephone and reserve a room.



There are camping facilities in the Most of the National parks. Here jungle lodges provide tents, camp beds, pressure lamps and mosquito nets for trips into the rainforests.


Youth Hostels

Malaysia is a full member of the International Youth Hostel Federation. There are not many youth hostels, but they are very cheap. Accommodation is in dormitories and meals can be arranged. Visitors must register at the hostel from 1700-2000. Hostels are to be found in Cameron Highlands, Kuala Lumpur, Kuantan, Malacca, Penang and Port Dickson. Further details can be obtained from the Malaysian Youth Hostel Association, Kuala Lumpur International Youth Hostel.


Homestay Programmes

Increasing in popularity in many states, Malaysian Homestay Programmes combine budget accommodation with the opportunity to experience typical Malaysian life. For further details, contact the Association of Homestay Malaysia, Kampung Ketam 1, 28010 Kerdau Temerloh, Pahang (tel: (9) 284 6616; fax: (9) 284 6610).



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