A Truly Malaysian Homestay Experience

One of the best Malaysian experiential tourism is to enjoy its warm, great hospitality. As you indulge in a countryside break for homestay experience, there is always an opportunity to learn and immerse in the local culture.

Whether you choose to stay in a traditional house with a friendly host family or not, you probably enjoy the rustic charms of village pastimes while dabbling with a wealth of traditional arts, crafts and culture.

From the cool lushness of the rural setting to the great outdoor activities and authentic local delights, our homestays offer a unique experience like no other. With the new ASEAN Homestay Standard, visitors can rest assured on the cleanliness in food preparation, accommodation as well as its eco-friendliness quality.

One of the main features that make the Malaysian homestay experience distinctive is a concept of community-based tourism that focus more on the lifestyle, including cultural and economic activities of local people.

While some homestays may be tucked away in the hinterland, others might be located near town. Whatever your choice of preferred homestay, savour every moment and have a pleasant day and stay in Malaysia!

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Banghuris Homestay

Located 20-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), this homestay is recognized as two-times recipient of ASEAN Homestay Standard Awards in 2015 and 2018. Banghuris is a combination of the name representing three villages namely Kampung Bukit Bangkong, Kampung Hulu Chuchuh and Kampung Hulu Teris in Sepang, Selangor.

If you are staying at Banghuris Homestay, don’t miss the opportunity to eat at Nasi Ambeng D’Rebung. Surrounded by bamboo groves, the signature dish is nasi ambeng. Popular among the Javanese, this so-called communal dish consists of several portions of rice, fried noodles, chicken/beef as well as coconut floss and tempeh (fermented soybeans), serving for a group of people in a large serving platter. There is also nasi ambeng ayam ungkep for four people with its emphasis on a spicy chicken recipe.

Nasi ambeng. (Source: Facebook Nasi Ambeng D'Rebung)

While you are in Banghuris Homestay, expect to experience a wide range of educational visit, including agrotourism activities. Not only visitors will learn about hydroponics vegetable farms, but they can also harvest honey from stingless bees as well as visiting HL Dragon Fruit Farm - the first of its kind with ecotourism concept plus the themed restaurant.

If dragon fruit is your thing, join planting the tree and plucking some fresh harvest. Alternatively, try dragon fruit fried rice or chicken curry cooked with dragon fruit. There is also prawn served with dragon fruit or dragon fruit juices, smoothies and many more. 

Then, head to the coffee plantation and harvest some ripe Liberica coffee cherries to get the beans for coffee powder processing. Visitors may also learn on how to make wau kapal, Selangor’s popular kites and visit the local cottage industry producing snacks as well as processing cattle skin (belulang). Furthermore, visitors may also learn how to prepare traditional remedies using natural ingredients such as turmeric, kaffir limes and lemongrass to improve the blood circulation as well as re-energizing the bodies.

Bamboo groves make Banghuris Homestay more Instagrammable place (Source: Facebook Banghuris Homestay)

Visit to the local fruit orchard at Banghuris Homestay. (Source: Facebook Banghuris Homestay)

Address: Banghuris Homestay at Kampung Hulu Chuchoh, Kampung Hulu Teris and Kampung Bukit Bangkong, Sepang, Selangor, Malaysia.

Facebook: Banghuris Homestay

Phone: +6019-6497655

 
Homestay Kampung Lonek

Surrounded by paddy fields, Homestay Kampung Lonek is located in Jempol, Negeri Sembilan. At this homestay, visitors will discover more about the local people in the countryside, including its traditional way of catching fish using bare hands in the drainage canal (mengoca ikan). And not to mention to taste the popular menu of Negeri Sembilan, masak lemak cili api.

There are several attractions around Kampung Lonek such as Teratak Za’ba (a museum dedicated to the life of the learned Malay writer, Zainal Abidin Ahmad or fondly known as Pendeta Za’ba) besides the oldest mosque dome in Jempol district. 

Other activities in its surrounding include touring the village by tram, participating in traditional games such as ‘tarik upih pinang’ and coconut bowling. The tram is also open for rental for any occasion.

Village tour by tram. (Source: Jelajahmaya.com)

Traditional game ‘tarik upih pinang’. (Source: Facebook Homestay Kg Lonek)

Visitors may also join the rubber tapping demonstration as well as the trip to the local cottage industry, planting the plants, making dodol (a sweet toffee-like confection) and pounding the rice using a traditional method. There are also traditional Negeri Sembilan and Minangkabau cultural performances called Bongai.

Other packages offered in Homestay Kampung Lonek include camping as well as training. The current booking of homestay is eligible for RM20 discount for all packages, valid until 31 December 2020 with promotional code LONEK20.

Address: Homestay Kg Lonek, 72200, Batu Kikir, Jempol, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia.

Facebook: Homestay Kg Lonek

Phone: +6012-397 3231

Misompuru Homestay Kudat. (Source: Sabahtravel.com)

Misompuru Homestay Kudat

Did you know this award-winning Misompuru Homestay Kudat in Sabah has 200 packages for tourists? From the Rungus tribe cultural dance performance to the mangrove trekking, river cruise, snorkelling, bird watching, fishing, crab catching, cooking, camping and traditional games; the list is endless!

Everybody is welcomed to stay at Misompuru Homestay Kudat with the host family. Kudat which is located at the northern tip of Sabah, is a famous spot for scuba diving and seafood. To reach Kudat, visitors may book MASwings flight from Kota Kinabalu. Get a real taste of honey from Gombizau, gongs from Sumangkap, beads from Tinanggol and explore Rungus Longhouse in Bavanggazo. 

Once you are in Misompuru Homestay Kudat, Tanjung Simpang Mengayau is a must-visit to witness the scenic sunset view at the Tip of Borneo as it is the meeting point of both Sulu and the South China Sea.

Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, Kudat, Sabah

Once you are in Misompuru Homestay Kudat, Tanjung Simpang Mengayau is a must-visit to witness the scenic sunset view at the Tip of Borneo as it is the meeting point of both Sulu and the South China Sea.

Address: Misompuru Homestay Kudat, W.D.T No. 260, Kg Minyak (Centre) 89059 Kudat, Sabah, Malaysia.

Facebook: Misompuru Homestay Kudat

Tel: +6016-8155056 / +6013-8721765

Email: cobramisompuru@live.com

Farmstay Relau in Bandar Bharu, Kedah. (Source: Facebook Olip Nza)
Farmstay Relau

Many people who come to this farmstay will agree with its tagline ‘certainly a peace of mind’. With the concept of Malay traditional house to invoke the nostalgic Malay lifestyle of yesteryear, a blissful holiday is what you are yearning. And you will be more than happy by just sitting on the balcony while sipping a coffee and overlooking the swimming pool. The cold weather, on the other hand, makes you feel as if you are in the highlands.

Located 14 kilometres from Kulim city and a 15-minute drive from Jawi Toll Plaza, Farmstay Relau is situated in the fruits farm. It offers the freshness of its organic vegetable as you can pick the fresh harvest and even the patin fish in the pond. 

Fresh organic vegetables at Farmstay Relau. (Source: Facebook Farmstay Relau)

The traditional Farmstay Relau chalets are all air-conditioned with spacious accommodation and named after several northern states of Peninsular Malaysia. Visitors are also allowed to bring their bed comforters.

There are also a mini zoo and café which offers local kampung dishes including baung fish. Besides, visitors can also plant some vegetables, feeding fishes and deers with some foods. 

The view of traditional Malay chalets at Farmstay Relau at night. (Source: Facebook Farmstay Relau)

Address: Lot 1014 Kampung Paya Semambu Relau, 34950 Bandar Bahru, Kedah, Malaysia.

Facebook: Farmstay Relau

Phone: +6012-4580853/ +6017-4958465

 
Homestay Teluk Ketapang

If you are looking for a homestay with strategic location, Homestay Teluk Ketapang in Kuala Terengganu is the ideal choice. Located an only five-minute drive from Sultan Mahmud Airport and five kilometres away from the city centres, Homestay Teluk Ketapang has the advantages.

Not only it is close to the several iconic places like Pasir Payang, Masjid Kristal and Muzium Negeri Terengganu; the homestay is also adjacent to Teluk Ketapang Beach,  Batu Buruk Beach and Tok Jembal Beach. At Warisan Sari, visitors can also participate or witness the traditional gamelan dance activity.

Homestay Teluk Ketapang is also the winner of Best Homestay Category together with Homestay Labu Kubong, Perak at 20th Malaysia Tourism Awards in 2018.

Other activities in the surroundings include learning on how to make Terengganu’s traditional Malay snacks, keropok lekor and try eating keropok lekor cicah colek as well as lempeng nyior and tepung bunga. There is also an opportunity for river cruise as well as witnessing a demonstration of community art such as batik painting.

Tourist (right) learned on how to make keropok lekor. (Source: Facebook Homestay Teluk Ketapang)

Address: Balai Raya Kampung Teluk Ketapang, 21300 Seberang Takir, Terengganu, Malaysia.

Facebook: Homestay Teluk Ketapang

Phone: +6013-9234837 / +6013-3411809

 
Homestay JKKK Sungai Haji Dorani

There are many packages offered by Homestay JKKK Sungai Haji Dorani in Sungai Besar Selangor, tailored to several market segments including pupils in kindergartens, elementary schools, high schools, higher education institutions and general participants including family as well as for academic research.

Activities in the surroundings may include cycling, fishing, river cruise and night tour around the village. Visitors may also ride a mini tractor to enjoy village tour & paddy fields. Apart from playing traditional games, they may try grating the coconut, eel fishing, catching fish using bare hands (menggagau ikan) and having fun wallowing in the paddy fields.

Boy showing a fish he caught using bare hands in the paddy field. (Source: Facebook Homestay JKKK Sungai Haji Dorani)

Village tour ride using a mini tractor. (Source: Facebook Homestay JKKK Sungai Haji Dorani)

Besides, visitors may also visit the local cottage industry in the production of kuih bahulu, coconut jelly (Nata de Coco), virgin coconut oil, chocolate, cookies, frozen kuih and various types of kerepek.

Most of the villagers at Kampung Sungai Haji Dorani are Banjarese, Malay and Javanese. Other nearby attractions include Museum of Agriculture & Fisheries Sabak Bernam, Paddy Museum Sekinchan and Sungai Panjang firefly. Unfortunately, all tour packages at Homestay JKKK Sungai Haji Dorani are postponed at the moment due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Address:  A-152 Batu 10 ½ Jalan Raya, Sungai Haji Dorani, 45300 Sungai Besar, Selangor, Malaysia.

Facebook: Homestay JKKK Sungai Haji Dorani

Phone: +6013-6077025 / 019-9114470

 


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