Sarawak is possibly Malaysia’s best-kept secret. The eastern state which borders Sabah and Borneo is home to more than 100 ethnic subgroups, collectively known as the Dayak, feared in the past for their headhunting and prowess in war.
Now, as modernization creeps in, Sarawakians, authorities and citizens alike, have rallied together to preserve the ancient ways of the indigenous tribes, from their culture, food and drink, traditional attire, skills, and dances. Through festivals and cultural villages, the Orang Asli (literally Original/First People in Malay) are finally getting their chance to share their previously unknown way of life among the forests with the greater world, where it has been met with unbridled fascination and interest.
With so many things to do, from experiencing an authentic rumah panjang (longhouse) to going on a food adventure in the haven that is Kuching, rest assured that you’ll never be bored during your visit. With that said, here are the top 10 wallet-friendly vacation rentals for the budget-conscious traveler.
This listing is a bed and breakfast frequented by backpackers, so expect the usual suspects of bunk beds and shared bathrooms. However, for the incredibly affordable price, it’s a great choice if you’re only planning for a short stay. As bunking with friends is easier than with complete strangers, try to go in a group, and treat it as a learning experience. The Sunset Homestay’s excellent location will make it extremely convenient for those who plan to explore Kuching on foot - it’s close by the Waterfront and its surrounding foodie haven streets.
SUNSET HOMESTAY IN KUCHING, SARAWAK
This property is geared towards female occupants only, allowing groups of girlfriends and all-women households more security as opposed to a mixed-gender dormitory. Expect to be sleeping within close quarters, with most facilities being shared. Good for those on a budget.
Backpacker's dorm for females only
Price: from 10 USD
Number of Guests: 16
This apartment 20 minutes from the airport is suitable for small families. With cozy, earth-tone decor and a well-equipped kitchen should you feel like cooking, you’ll feel right at home in this place. A swimming pool downstairs also provides an easy way to beat the heat. Best of all, the 24-hour security service will provide much-needed peace of mind to travelers.
Jenny's Homestay 2 @ MJC Kuching
Price: from 37 USD
Number of Guests: 6
With 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, this rental is suitable for large groups and families. Free parking is available in the compound, making it convenient for those renting cars, which you will need since the place is in a quiet neighborhood a distance from town. However, this guarantees a good night’s sleep, and local eateries nearby provide an easy alternative if you choose to stay in.
Jenny's Homestay 1 @ Arang Road Kuching
Price: from 42 USD
Number of Guests: 14
Located within walking distance to Jalan Padungan, that street famous for its local fare, guests will find it easy to get around on foot from this house. Although the entire place is up for rent, the price stated is for 1 room only, as the proprietor charges differently for larger groups. Nevertheless, amenities such as a children’s play area, inflatable pool, and pantry will make for a fun and comfortable stay for small families with young ones.
Price: from 46 USD
Number of Guests: 14
This huge double-story terrace house is literally a home away from home for large groups and families. With the entire place to yourself, you’ll have access to a fully-equipped kitchen and washer in addition to 4 fully air-conditioned bedrooms. The large space also allows for extra guests if your party number’s more than 12 people, and parking on the premises is provided.
Homey 55 Vacation Home
This house is very close to the Kuching International Airport and city center. A weekend retreat as a large group is ideal as events are allowed and high-speed WiFi is provided. Guests will be glad to know there’s ample parking and a fully furnished kitchen in addition to a pleasant backyard garden to relax in. Equipment for a barbecue party can also be obtained for an extra charge.
Leslie's Comfort Homestay
Price: from 53 USD
Number of Guests: 16
A terrace house in Tabuan Jaya, this property is a welcoming abode to families and small groups looking for a snug little place to stay while in Kuching. With 4 bedrooms, everyone can be settled in comfortably. Slightly removed from town but surrounded by restaurants and coffee shops, you’ll find this listing pleasant and the neighborhood peaceful.
Tranquility 664 Vacation Home
This sleek apartment is a great fit for families. Located above the Boulevard Shopping Mall, guests will find shopping and dining opportunities aplenty just a few floors down. The modern and minimalist decor will delight those looking for an uncluttered, low-maintenance place, while the balcony offers stunning views of Kuching by night.
Imperial Suites Kuching
Price: from 74 USD
Number of Guests: 6
This private and serene villa is ideal for couples and small families. Interconnecting rooms make it easy to supervise children, while the tasteful Sarawakian decor evokes a certain peace and unhurried pace. Relax in this nature-themed listing with its pool and hot tub, and unwind in your cozy bedroom after a fun day exploring Kuching.
Honeymoon / Family Villa
Price: from 76 USD
Number of Guests: 4
Sarawak on a budget
There’s a vacation rental to suit every budget in this list. I hope you’ll love these wallet-friendly places during your stay in Sarawak, and have a great time experiencing all it has to offer!
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