This is the first guesthouse in Taiping and situated in the very heart of the town, in a typical and classic 1930’s shophouse. It is adjacent to the major sights, tourist office/clock tower, banks, money changer, post office, night food market, and other eating places are nearby. The train station is 1.2 km (a 16-minute walk) and the bus station is 850 m (a 10-minute walk) away.
Taiping is a very lovely historic town and has got many attractions e.g. the Lake Gardens, Maxwell Hill, Zoo/Night Safari, Burmese Pool, Mangrove Forest, Charcoal Factories etc. However, we do not get a lot of international tourists. Many tourists only visit Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Melaka, Langkawi, Cameron Highlands and the east coast. Taiping is off the beaten track and a hidden gem in Malaysia. We really think that Taiping deserves more international tourists.
The hostel is not too big and we can only accommodate maximum 20 guests. We have two 4-bed-dorms, 2 twin rooms and 2 double rooms. We like to keep it VERY CLEAN, it is our thing. Our scores on booking websites reflect that.
It is not a blank slate like a lot of hostels. We have a cafe space where guests can hang out but we do not operate the cafe anymore in respect to selling coffee tea etc
We would like our workawayers to stay at least 2 weeks.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Taiping is more laid back. It has a high Chinese & Indian population as designed by the British and it has stayed that way.
As it is not really a tourist hotspot you will see Malaysian day to day life.
What you learn about the local history is up to you.
Hopefully you will take away some good customer service skills and meet new friends travelling through get tips about other places from them.
Basically you will get as much as you give.
The help required is first someone to help with housekeeping. It entails sweeping floors then mopping, changing bed sheets, wiping down the pods and dusting, cleaning bathrooms. There is some laundry to do: same easy throw in the towels/sheets, add powder, let the machine do the work, hang on the washing line. This is the daily duties. We split other tasks like some dusting or wiping down of out of reach places once a week.
This help is really easy as the place is cleaned every day. If you have not cleaned before, forget it. Someone who has good common sense can whisk through this in 3 hours.
Second we need help with checking in guests. Word of mouth is important as we are not on the main backpacker trail, though we get quite a few cyclists. So Customer Service is important. A lot of guests extend their stay if they feel comfortable and that is down to friendly and helpful staff. If you can learn a bit about the local area when you come, it would be great i.e. the Lake Gardens, good places to eat, general stuff that you yourself want to know. Just generally being pleasant to guests and trying to help where help is needed.
Life is pretty easy here. We have that checkout 11am check in 2pm window to do the cleaning though we start it earlier when early checkouts allow. It is a daily grind but over pretty quick. We are easy going as long as the tasks are done.
Chinese (Mandarin): Fluent
Chinese (Cantonese): Fluent
Workawayer will be provided a pod bed.
Workawayers can take day trips to Penang, Ipoh, Kuala Kangsar, Kuala Sepetang etc. Also, we are nearby the major tourist attractions, shopping mall, cinema, karaoke, street food
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
5 hours per day, 5 days a week