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Layang Layang Guesthouse

Character-filled friendly flashpacker

24-26 Jalan Tukang Besi, Melaka T: (0629) 22722

Layang Layang Guesthouse

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Housed in a heritage building in Melaka’s UNESCO listed area, this character-filled and charming but fairly basic guesthouse is our pick of the somewhat similar flashpacker joints in this quarter of town.

Layang Layang’s eclectic collection of bric-a-brac (some would say junk) including an old dragster bike, musical instruments, clocks and other ephemera in the open communal lounge / lobby bestows this friendly guesthouse with a welcoming, homely atmosphere.

Entering the delightful internal “secret garden” courtyard, wooden decked paths and open walkways leading to rooms surround a calming fish pond fringed with frangipani and other foliage. Retaining the character of the original building, the guesthouse has had minimal structural changes, consequently there are no ensuites and some rooms are windowless. Rooms are air-con cooled and some add a ceiling fan if you prefer.

A great communal lounge.

A great communal lounge. Photo: Sally Arnold

We viewed a sweet, rather compact standard double room (with a window), but we’re informed deluxe rooms are significantly larger. High ceilings, bright natural light and lack of furniture—just a bed and a small side table, along with a colour palette of dark timber floors contrasting with pale grey and white walls and clean white and eggshell blue bed linen creates a restful mood. The particular room we saw was clean but had significant damp damage on the wall, unfortunately one of the problems with older structures. Wooden floors, thin walls and the open courtyard design of this historic building mean it’s not the quietest sleep you’ll get either (pack earplugs). Eight share bathrooms seem sufficient to cater to the 20 rooms. The combo toilet / hot-shower cubicles we viewed were smallish but clean, with a noticeable damp problem on the roof here, too.

Free-flow hot drinks, water and bickies are offered and the kitchen houses a fridge to keep your drinks cold, but no cooking facilities, which is not an issue as plenty of tempting food options are at the doorstep. The communal lounge opens to the street and is an excellent spot to watch the passing parade or kick back and mingle with other guests and perhaps tinkle the ivories on the piano or give the UNESCO-listed instrument, the angklung, a go. Hosts are warm and hospitable and provide a terrific map so you can jump on one of their bikes for hire and discover Melaka. For a cheaper option in a friendly guesthouse, though lacking in the charming architectural features, Roof Top Guesthouse is worth a look, or if you’d love a heritage stay but prefer to keep to yourself (and are aged over 30!), Cafe 1511 Guesthouse offers a good deal.

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Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dbl air-con share bathroom
80 ringgit
80 ringgit
Weekdays. Weekends 90 ringgit. No window. Window, weekdays 90 ringgit, weekends 99 ringgit.
Deluxe double room
100 ringgit
100 ringgit
Window, share bathroom, weekdays. Weekends 110 ringgit.
Room: Dbl air-con share bathroom, low season: 80 ringgit, high season 80 ringgit. Notes: Weekdays. Weekends 90 ringgit. No window. Window, weekdays 90 ringgit, weekends 99 ringgit.
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: 100 ringgit, high season 100 ringgit. Notes: Window, share bathroom, weekdays. Weekends 110 ringgit.

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Where is Layang Layang Guesthouse

Layang Layang Guesthouse
24-26 Jalan Tukang Besi, Melaka
T: (0629) 22722
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º14'54.21" E, 2º11'45.69" N
Room rates: 60 to 120 ringgit

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