What Is YHA


The Youth Hostels Association (YHA) is a member of Hostelling International, an international federation of hostel associations. YHA and Hostelling International hostels form the world’s first and largest budget accommodation network. The not-for-profit network span over 80 countries and 4000 hostels. Countries with YHA's include New Zealand, Australia and United Kingdom.

The YHA, as part of the HI hostel network and with the support of UNESCO, enables young people of differing nationalities, cultures and social background to meet informally, share experiences, learn about themselves, each other and their surroundings.

Youth hostels provide accommodation where guests can rent a bed (sometimes a bunk bed) in a dormitory and share a common bathroom, kitchen, and lounge. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms are increasingly common in all types of hostel. All hostels are generally cheaper for both the supplier and the occupant and many hostels employ their long-term residents as desk clerks in exchange for free accommodation.

An effort should be made to distinguish between establishments that provide longer term accommodation (often to specific classes of clientèle such as nurses, students, drug addicts, arrested persons subsequently bailed to await trial and homeless people where the hostels are sometimes run by Housing Associations and charities) and those offering short term accommodation to travellers or backpackers, hillwalking and hiking enthusiasts.

Within the 'traveller' category another distinction can be drawn between those particularly encouraging outdoor activities and cultural exchange for the young, who are often members of Hostelling International (HI) a nonprofit organisation, and commercial backpackers' hostels (or Backpackers for short), particularly in Australia and New Zealand.

With over 4,000 hostels worldwide, in fantastic and unique locations, HI offers you the real hostel experience. Whether you need a private room, or simply a bed for the night with shared facilities, all HI hostels meet assured standards which guarantee good quality safe accommodation at affordable prices.

Discover the real hostel experience!




Registration (1121 Selangor)
HI-MALAYSIA is a Member of Hostelling International

Previously known as
Persatuan Asrama Belia Malaysia
Malaysian Youth Hostels Association (MYHA)

Address: 1-7, Block B, Impian Kota Apartment, Jalan Manau, Off Jalan Kampung Attap, 50460 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +6 03 22736870/1 Fax: +6 03 22741115
E-mail: contact@hi-malaysia.org.my