Homestay is an excellent way to make friends, learn about Malaysia’s multi - racial culture and with a taste of a typical malay kampung or country village life. It is fun, safe, and an affordable way to stay in Malaysia and you can interact and experience kampung-style living first-hand. Get yourselves immerse completely into the Malaysian rural folks daily life activities and their culture.
Live with the locals and eat with them; be a part of their family in a traditional village atmosphere is perhaps one of the fastest and easiest ways to get to know the real Malaysia. The Virtual Malaysia team has lined up five homestay programmes for you to check out, below:
1. Baghuris Homestay, Selangor
Feel and experience a truly living lifestyle and the hospitality of the village folks in Banghuris, Sepang. This is a rare chance of experiencing a rapidly diminishing traditional lifestyle. Banghuris is a name representing three villages namely Kampung Bukit Bangkong, Kampung Hulu Chuchuh and Kampung Hulu Teris.
With a population of over 3,000 Banghuris folks will definitely fascinate visitors with their way of life, culture and their tradition. Banghuris also offers a host of agrotourism activities. Visitors will be taken for an educational tour to the coconut, star fruit, guava and palm oil plantations. For further information, please contact +603 3141 2050.
2. Ujung Bukit Village Homestay, Perlis
Ujung Bukit Village in Bintong, Perlis is a peaceful village, where life takes a decidedly leisurely pace as compared to what most people experience in the city. Planting paddy is the main source of income for the friendly villagers.
The village is located close to Kangar, the capital of Perlis, separated only by a series of hills that nonetheless adequately preserves the calm atmosphere of Ujung Bukit. It is the first village in Perlis to obtain approval from the Ministry of Tourism for the Homestay programme.
Among the activities that visitors can try at the homestay are: traditional kite-flying, planting paddy, fishing and caving. There are also cultural performances such as nasyid singing and the traditional Malay wedding ceremony, as well as craft and cooking demonstrations. Contact the homestay at +604 9762 491
3. Homestay Warisan, Negeri Sembilan
Located at Padang Lebar, Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan, the homestay offer two concepts of living and participant can freely choose either to live with a host family where guest will get the full experience of country living in a kampong house located within the village. The participant can also choose to stay at the Warisan House a rustic kampong house constructed during British colonial days about 60 years ago restored to its former glory by the descendants' of Tuan Haji Abdul Latif. Meals are provided for participant upon request or may choose to cook their own meal if they feel a bit more adventurous. Homestay Warisan can be contacted at +603 4280 5008.
4. Mengkuang Titi Homestay, Penang
Mengkuang Titi is a quaint village consisting of about 70 homes. Mengkuang Titi is a place of peace and serenity. Our charming hamlet is located in Bukit Mertajam, within the Seberang Perai district, less than an hour's drive from Penang.
There is indeed much to see and do in the kampung. One can walk through a canopy of rubber trees, try a hand at rubber tapping and observe how latex is processed into rubber sheets. Visitors can also visit the oil palm estates and stroll amidst its neat rows of palm fronds and huge bunches of flaming orange-red oil palm fruits.
Visitor should also look out for the awesome mengkuang plants from which the village got its name. It is really interesting to see how these long sharp, serrated swords like leaves are harvested, and then slowly processed into fine colourful strips ready for weaving. At the cottage industry centre nearby, one can learn the art of bahulu making. These cakes are deliciously light and spongy… certainly a treat be savoured!
For more information on Mengkuang Titi Homestay programme, please contact +604 370 7587 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Anjung Bonda Homestay, Melaka
Another name for a kampung lifestyle is Anjung Bonda! This homestay programme in Melaka provides one with the experience of a kampung lifestyle filled with a unique vibrancy and a colourful culture. Participants are given access to daily kampung life filled with friendly hospitality and activities, such as the traditional kampung feast and cultural performances and even a close-up observation of the lifestyle of the Orang Asli (indigenous) community.
Visitors get to see silat (self-defence) performances and listen to traditional Malay music. The Anjung Bonda Homestay Programme provides a unique opportunity to experience eco-tourism, agro-tourism, edu-tourism and rural-tourism. In the surroundings of Anjung Bonda's one- hectare farm, visitors can find various tropical fruit trees such as coconut, pomelo, dragon fruit, pineapple, mangosteen, rambutan, mango, cempedak (jackfruit), buah tarap, dukong and banana, and various vegetables. Anjung Bonda Homestay can be contacted at +606 523 5475