If you’re craving a different kind of vacation where you can immerse yourself in the daily lives of traditional villagers, savour authentic home cooked meals around a family table and gain a meaningful experience that goes beyond what tourist traps offer, a homestay might be just up your alley.
Look no further than the state of Selangor for some truly unique homestay experiences that will give you all of the above and more. While traveling through this state isn’t possible right now due to the CMCO extention, why not plan for it in the new year when restrictions are eventually lifted.
Here are six of the best homestays in Selangor where culture, arts, lifestyle and much more await!
Banghuris Homestay, Sepang
Surrounded by beautiful scenery and packed with interesting activities, this homestay was recognised as the ‘Best Homestay in Malaysia’ by Tourism Malaysia at Malaysia Tourism Award in 2004.
It boasts some 80 guest houses and 100 guest rooms, and has an array of activities that tourists can partake in such as gasing playing, practising your blow pipe skills, making and flying traditional wau, preparing traditional foods like rebung, visiting a traditional snack factory, exploring dragon fruit, coffee and palm oil plantations as well as watching rubber tapping demonstrations. Package prices range from RM70 to RM300 per person.
For more info, head to to lcct.com.my or contact 019-3919547.
Sungai Haji Durani Homestay, Sabak Bernam
Nestled among rolling paddy fields, Sungai Haji Durani homestay is an ideal getaway for the family where you can experience serene village life. The setting is perfect for capturing stunning shots, especially during sunset or sunrise.
There’s a variety of unique activities to pass the time here, including bare hand fish catching, batik colouring, scattering rice from stalks, and playing traditional games like congkak, tarik upih pinang and more. Package prices range from RM70 to RM300 per person.
For more info, head to doranihomestay.com or contact 0136077025.
Kampung Sungai Sireh Homestay, Kuala Selangor
Another homestay that sits surrounded by beautiful green jungle and paddy fields, Kampung Sungai Sireh is for nature lovers. Visitors will be warmly welcomed by the host and the local community where they will be taken on an enlightening tour of the village, learning about paddy planting, tree log cutting, herbal plant uses and more.
Other activities here include kayaking, fishing by small rivers, canals and sea, jungle trekking and more. Package prices range from RM60-RM200 per person.
For more info, head to agrotourismhomestaysgsireh.blogspot.com or contact 019-346 7372.
Papitusulem Homestay, Sabak Bernam
This centrally located homestay in Sekinchan is well known for its striking, panoramic views across rice paddy fields. The foster family you stay with will serve up traditional feasts and take you to meet others around the village, ensuring you’ll get to experience all sides of the culture here.
Make sure to also visit the nearby mangrove swamp, a thriving ecosystem homes to many different species. Meanwhile, you can also learn about coconut milk processing from the factory located close to the village and get to view traditional dance performances. Package prices range from RM20-RM120.
For more info, head to papitusulemhomestay.yolasite.com or contact 017 2712260.
Anjung Damai Kampung Sungai Lang Tengah Homestay, Kuala Langat
Located in Kuala Langat, Anjung Damai homestay is a focal destination for local and foreign visitors due to its cozy environment and exciting activities. The homestay is equipped with facilities such as air-conditioning, a big parking area, beautiful modern bathrooms with nearby conveniences such as supermarkets and restaurants.
Visitors can hop on ATVs, visit cow, goat and sheep farms and feed the animals, as well as explore a mangrove forest and much more. Package prices range from RM60 to RM250 per person.
For more info, head to @anjungdamaihomestay/facebook or contact (+6013-233 3768)
Homestay Bougainvillea Kampung Sungai Kertas, Gombak
Bougainvillea homestay is located in Gombak and offers a respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. You can explore the surrounding area here and head further on to Batu Caves to check out the temple cave.
Visitors also have the opportunity to learn to cook delicious local foods like sambal tempe and a dish of the Mandailing community named nasi upa-upa. Package prices range from RM98 to RM380 per person.
For more info, head to sungaikertas.blogspot.com or contact 016 3920439.