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    Area recommended for:
  • shopping
  • culture
  • sightseeing
    Distance to airport:
  • Kuching International Airport (8.2 Km)
    Customer comments:
  • "Good location", "Helpful staff", "Value for money"
    Top nearby attractions:
  • Sang Ti Miao (0.0 Km)
  • Visitors Information Centre (0.1 Km / 2 min walk)
  • Brooke Memorial (0.2 Km / 3 min walk)
  • Hong San Temple (0.2 Km / 3 min walk)

Note: Distances are measured as a straight line.

Backpacker Stay

23, Carpenter Street, Kuching City Center, Kuching, Malaysia 93100 (Show on map)

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"strategy location, lots of good food around and the staff..."

liek, Malaysia August 16, 2015

Features of Backpacker Stay

Hotel Facilities

  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour security
  • airport transfer
  • coffee shop
  • convenience store
  • daily housekeeping
  • express check-in/check-out
  • family room
  • laundry service
  • lockers
  • luggage storage
  • room service
  • shared kitchen
  • shared lounge/TV area
  • smoking area


  • free Wi-Fi in all rooms
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Malay

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Hostel Description
Renovated in 2015, the Backpacker Stay guarantees guests a pleasant stay whether in Kuching for busi...see more Renovated in 2015, the Backpacker Stay guarantees guests a pleasant stay whether in Kuching for business or pleasure. With its location just 0 km from the city center and 8 km from the airport, this 2-star hotel attracts numerous travelers each year. With the city's main attractions such as Sang Ti Miao, Harmony Arch, Brooke Memorial within close reach, visitors to the hotel will just love its location.

At Backpacker Stay, every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. To do so, the hotel provides the best in services and amenities. For the comfort and convenience of guests, the hotel offers free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour security, convenience store, daily housekeeping, 24-hour front desk.

Experience high quality room facilities during your stay here. Some rooms include internet access – wireless, internet access – wireless (complimentary), non smoking rooms, air conditioning, desk, provided to help guests recharge after a long day. Besides, the hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. Whatever your reason for visiting Kuching, the Backpacker Stay is the perfect venue for an exhilarating and exciting break away.
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Dingyuan X. Solo travelers
Singapore, November 17, 2015
affordable hostel in a prime location

location, cheap, relatively safe
The bed is too soft and the facilities are old despite the good points but for the price that I am paying, guess it is just the way it has to be. Noises from the floor and coffees hop nearby. Can be better but still recommended for anyone who wants a cheap accommodation. It was undergoing some renovation work when I was there, hence it might get better.
liek L. Groups
Malaysia, August 17, 2015
Great location

strategy location, lots of good food around and the staff is friendly
Sindhya S. Couples
United States of America, August 11, 2015
Next to food!

Next to food court, friendly staff, location.
The food court next door was super convenient! Highly recommend kolo mee and popiah. Great location in Chinatown area. Plenty of places to eat and drink. Also, right around corner from river walk. We came for the Rainforest World Music Festival and got to know Ogos that works at the front desk. Super great guy, very accommodating and laid back. Standard room was nice enough, clean, air con, good wifi. Shared bathroom was also kept decently clean. Only inconvenience was having to go downstairs to shower. Oh and they provide you with water so you don't have to keep buying plastic. Yay.
Jen K. Groups
Malaysia, August 17, 2015
Undergoing Maintenance

So-so, nothing great this time around
We have stayed here twice in the past and had always been satisfied with the condition of this lodge. However, our stay this round was not great at all. I understand that the lodge is going through some maintenance work but that doesn't mean that you for-go cleanliness and hygiene in the premise. The dormitory was not cleaned before we checked in (there were some left over cans and dirt under our bed), we could not flush the toilet after use and the bathroom floor was dirty all the time (not to mention clogged by strands of hair and cigarette butt). Overall, very disappointed this time around. Will doubt to stay here again next time.
Sebastian S. Groups
Malaysia, May 04, 2015
Comfy and homey, clean, friendly

Feels comfotable and homey, place is clean and people here are generally friendly.
At first glance it doesn't look like much. But it's enough for backpackers as the name suggests. The shared bathrooms, toilets are generally clean. Double decker beds can be squeaky if you move a lot when you sleep. Not recommended for light sleepers as the walls are thin and sounds outside can easily be heard. Rooms have air con and quite comfy even for afternoon nap. Plug sockets are limited so it's recommended to bring an extension. They have tables and chairs at the common area to chill and hang out, even a TV with some decent shows just to relax. Location is good as there is a 7-11 just opposite the place, porridge and pork satay just beside it and a few more eating places along the road. The waterfront is just the row behind it with boat rides and beautiful scenery. It's walking distance from St Thomas church and Hilton as I was attending a friend's wedding. Also within walking distance is Plaza Merdeka if you fancy fast food and shopping malls. Overall quite a good experience except the staff there would smoke in the pantry and made my shirt smell like cigarettes.
Kenson L. Groups
Malaysia, May 04, 2015
Friendly, comfortable, clean.

Staff are caring, place is clean and comfortable, air cond is cold.
Good, pleasant stay.
Penelope H. Solo travelers
South Africa, February 22, 2015
Stay at backpacker stay

Ok, bedroom no windows, bathrooms not great, people friendly and helpful.
Luis B. Solo travelers
France, February 23, 2015
Avoid if you can!

This place should be close for healthy and safety issues!... The two rooms that I saw during my stay have mould and fungus on the ceiling and walls that anybody with athsma or any other respiratory problem will get seriously ill.
Alice M. Solo travelers
Australia, February 17, 2015

Location, cost
I had to check out after one night as the room was incredibly damp. There was black mould growing on one wall and the complete lack of ventilation meant that the room smelled like feet. The rest of the hostel was grimy with minimal decoration and unwelcoming communal spaces. The hot water didn't work in any of the three showers. Luckily at a night I was able to cut my losses and move elsewhere.
Nadja W. Solo travelers
Germany, February 05, 2015
very dirty toilet and broken showers

The batroom downstairs was the worst I have seen so far after a long long time traveling. Water all over the floor (its not allowed to wear shoes in the hostel so you are right in it), broken toilet, mould, smelly, cigerette ashes - very bad! Upstairs was slightly better. They have three cold showers, but two of them are broken. The strawberry marmalade (only option) for breakfast was green on top and red at the bottom. The room was ok, but not much space for luggage or anything. no window in the room. When I arrived the staff only told me the roomnumber and let me find my own way. I had to ask for anything myself as they werent very communicative at all. There is no real common area to meet other travellers. I won't come back, sorry.

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