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Syok at Chulia Hostel is so syok lah …

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I had the chance to stay in another great properties of Staysyok in Penang after previously staying in their boutique homestay, Spices.

This time, I stayed in their hostel that is still located in Georgetown area, where itΒ is strategically located in Chulia street where you can find lots of eating places, Subway, and even an Indian cinema! And similar to Spices; Syok is also occupied the heritage buildings.

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Syok at Chulia Hostel that occupies the heritage building in Georgetown (Penang, Malaysia)

Syok here is from Malay language … Although the spelling is almost near the ‘shock’ word, but it’s actually has a different meaning. Syok in Malay means ‘good’, so when you said ‘so syok’, it means ‘so good’ lah! πŸ™‚

Why they can say the hostel ‘syok’ is because their hostel is as good as the name! From their reception area, I could see that this hostel is very catchy, unique, and good as well. It’s so vibrant that it can attract guests from various age, from young people like me and my friend, Aggy, and even I saw an older guy who stayed in this hostel too!

Other thing that Syok standout is its cleanliness. Even though it’s a hostel, but they always pay attention to the cleanliness of each dorms, especially the bed sheet.

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The mixed dorm in Syok at Chulia Hostel with four bunk beds (Penang, Malaysia)

In Syok, you can choose to stay at mixed dorms or female dorms, and there’s also a double room if you want a privacy. There’s something unique that I saw before entering the dorm. Besides the street’s name that they used, they also put our name on that name plaque outside the dorm.

The dorm itself contains around four bunk beds, where in each beds has their own electrical socket, and each guests will have personal locker inside the dorm. It also has free WiFi, so you can connect with the internet everywhere you go inside this hostel. I think what they need to add at each beds probably the personal light.

Another good thing in Syok is that there’s air conditioner in each dorms. So after a long hot day in Penang, resting on a clean bed and cool dorm is something that I needed haha.

If you stay in a hostel, the thing that you may need to queue is probably the toilet and the shower room. Luckily, in Syok there are many toilets and few shower rooms so during my stay there, I never queued when I wanted to use them. There’s also a female only shower room in Syok, so there is more options for female guests here! πŸ™‚

Oh by the way, inside the toilet, while you’re doing your ‘business’, there’s a paper for you to write a confession anonymously. These confessions will then be collected and hang on a board just beside the these toilets. Interesting! πŸ™‚

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The toilet and shower room in Syok at Chulia Hostel (Penang, Malaysia)

At first, I thought hostel doesn’t serve breakfast, but apparently Syok provides simple breakfast that enough for me to start the day. The breakfast is served on the third floor where the dining room is also a common room with many bean bags and sofa. If you’re bored being indoor, Syok also provides tables and chairs outside the dining room, which is also an outdoor area. From here, you can also get the view of the city of Penang with its few skyscrapers.

Inside the common area/dining area, there’s also a big LCD screen with I think some collection of DVDs. In the photo below you will see a big blackboard saying ‘Before I die…’ , it’s actually like a wish list board and people can write anything they want in that board:

Before I die …
‘find my lost dog …’
‘get a Canadian visa’
‘visit the White House’
‘be very famous for good’

and many more haha.

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The dining area / common area on the third floor of Syok at Chulia Hostel (Penang, Malaysia)

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The view from the third floor of Syok at Chulia Hostel (Penang, Malaysia)

Overall, Syok at Chulia Hostel really gave me a positive memories, especially all the staffs are friendly and nice. They helped us with eating places recommendations, what bus number should we take, and many more. That’s why, Syok at Chulia Hostel is a recommended place to stay while you’re in Penang!

Big thanks to the Staysyok management team! πŸ™‚

SYOK @ Chulia Street
Dorms is located at :
458, Chulia St, 10200
Penang, Malaysia
Office : +604 – 263 2663
Fax : +604 – 261 3018

I was a guest of Syok at Chulia, but all opinions are my own.

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A map of Georgetown area at the reception area of Syok at Chulia hostel (Penang, Malaysia)

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  • Kania

    So syok laa :p

    Btw, is that a “before i die” list from all the guests?
    And the map, is that a painting or a sticker?

    A very syok place to stay!

    • timothywp

      Hahaha … Yes, ure right! A very syok place to stay! Haha …

      Yes, it’s the ‘Before I Die’ list from the guest … U can write urs too there in the future :3
      And I believe the map is a painting … πŸ˜€

  • I want to go to Penang! You know what, I never stayed in a dorm!
    Looks like a cool place. Need to try it whenever I get a chance to visit Penang.. πŸ™‚

    • timothywp

      It’s a really cool place Firsta, you should try this place …
      If you’re not comfortable, you can start by booking a private room first or staying in a female dorm only πŸ™‚

  • Hero

    When I was in Penang, I had Subway for lunch just beside Syok hostel. Great review! The word “Syiok” is a S’pore lingo and now spread to M’sia!

    • timothywp

      Yesss that Subway haha!!

      I see then, so from ‘Syiok’ to ‘Syok’! πŸ˜€

  • Chulia Court

    Dear Timothy,

    We came across this post, and it’s very informative.

    Chulia Court The Tavern, is one of the best adaptations of a heritage shop-house for a restaurant, music bar and boutique guesthouse in the heart of Unesco World Heritage City of Georgetown Penang.

    We have 12 guest rooms with ensuite bathrooms as well as a mixed dormitory with 21 beds are tastefully furnished and affordable.

    Please have a look at our website, and we would love to have you stay with us in your next visit to Penang.

    Thank you, and God bless.

    • Timothy W Pawiro

      Hi there!
      Would love to stay here next time! Just checked the photos, and love the interior! Will let u know once I have a plan to visit Penang.

      Thank you! πŸ™‚

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