Tourism Malaysia

Live and Let Live at the East Coast Homestays

The Malaysian homestay experience may have some similarities with the bed and breakfast concept in Europe, but there the similarity ends. It’s not only a retreat for those wanting to escape the city, it’s a lesson in life about humanity, patience, and for us, Malaysians, our heritage and traditions. The East Coast of Malaysia is the epitome of the Malay culture and heritage. Homestays in the east coast will definitely give you a glimpse of that traditional world. Let’s check out some of them:

Homestay Desa Murni, Temerloh – Pahang

As the pioneer homestays, the five villages of Desa Murni in Temerloh, Pahang remain a much sought after home away from home even after more than 20 years.

At these villages, immerse yourself in your adopted family’s way of life. Many of them are rubber tapers so get the opportunity to learn how to tap a rubber tree. Mind you, it’s not as easy as it looks. Perhaps you would like to try your hands at catching the patin fish or freshwater silver catfish which this district is famous for. Then, you can learn the Pahang’s most favourite way to cook the fish – ikan patin masak lemak. The yellowish gravy and slightly watery recipe is definitely delicious but an acquired taste at the same time.

While staying at the village, let your adopted family bring you to the Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre in Lanchang to have a close interaction with the elephants and visit the Deerland Park nearby where you can learn and interact with deers and also other animals such as sun bears, ostriches and snakes.

If you are into eco-adventure, you can choose to go to for a hiking and climbing at the nearby Gunung Senyum and also explore the caves at the foot of the mountain.

Homestay Desa Murni
Lot 1674 Jalan Homestay
Desa Murni Sanggang,
28020 Temerloh, Pahang, Malaysia
Contact Person: Khairul Hakimin bin Sahariman (+609 284 7949 / +6019 – 2243 805)

Homestay Taman Sedia, Cameron Highlands – Pahang

What is great about this homestay is it is located on the highland, which means cool breezy weather all day long and a breath of fresh air. Taman Sedia is the first Malay settlement in Cameron Highlands and is located between the town of Tanah Rata and Brinchang.

Imagine staying at a home with a strawberry farm in the backyard, it will be a dream come true for some of us. And when there is a strawberry farm, there must be strawberry- related activities in the list of things to do at the village, right? Well, for a start, you will have the opportunity to eat strawberry fresh off the tree and then they will teach you how to make strawberry ice cream and strawberry jam.

Besides the strawberry farms, you can also visit various flowers and vegetable farms, a cactus valley, and various tea plantations that can be found all over the highland. Take a break at one of the tea plantations to sip a hot cup of tea while enjoying the beautiful scenery of the tea valley.

For the more adventurous, try hiking to one of the most popular waterfalls in Cameron Highlands, the Robinson Waterfall, or trekking all the way up to the bewitching Mossy Forest.

Homestay Taman Sedia
Kg. Taman Sedia
39000 Tanah Rata, Pahang
Contact Person: Mohd Zulkifli Daud (+6019 -578 2044)

Homestay Teluk Ketapang – Terengganu

Kampung Teluk Ketapang is a small fishing village where visitors can experience the traditional Terengganu way of life.

During your stay, you will have the opportunity to observe how local dishes are prepared and help out in the kitchen, test your skill in making keropok lekor (popular traditional Terengganu’s fish snack), witness a traditional Malay wedding and play traditional games such as congkak, a type of mancala game and the word congkak came from the old Malay word ‘congak’ which refers to the mental calculation practiced in this game.

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the mangrove swamp river where you will be greeted by various species of wild animals such as colourful birds, monitor lizards, monkeys and even otters.

You can also visit one of the riverside villages to get a closer look on the traditional lifestyle of a Terengganu village, as well as participate in cottage industry tour such as an attap leave roof weaving and coconut sugar making.

Homestay Teluk Ketapang
Balai Raya Kg Teluk Ketapang
Seberang Takir, Terengganu
Contact Person: Md. Azmi (+6013 – 923 4837)

Homestay Seterpa – Kelantan

The silent whisper of ripening paddy fields swaying gently in the wind greets visitors, as they step into Kampung Seterpa. Running barefoot, a small boy pushes his small tricycle across the beaten footpath at the edge of the paddy fields. A rooster crows loudly, breaking the deafening silence.

Located 16 kilometers from Kota Bharu in Kelantan, Kampung Seterpa is the nearest homestay village to the city centre. Kampung Seterpa, derived from the Kelantan dialect ‘serepak’ (meeting place), is a wonderful experience for those wanting a taste of traditional village life.

The villagers are warm and friendly, and immediately put you at ease with their lively chatter. Sip a coconut (or two!) to quench your thirst and take in the beautiful surroundings. Served with traditional pastries, ‘tepung pelita’ and munching on local fruit, jambu air, life here is pleasant and slow paced.

No traffic jams for miles, just the chorus of quacking ducks, chickens and buffalo. Breathe in the fresh, morning air as you watch the sun rise during your stay here. Make a date with the farmers to explore the village with its many interesting activities or even try a hand at paddy farming!

On a windy day, fly the ubiquitous and colourful wau (kite) while running across the paths to the paddy fields. Collect freshwater snails, see the mischievous monkey pick a ripe coconut or dance to the tunes of the ancient ‘dikir barat’.

You’ll definitely enjoy your stay here at Kampung Seterpa, don’t forget to share the memories!

Homestay Kg. Seterpa
Lot 112 Taman Indah, Kg. Seterpa
Jalan Penggawa Matsaat
16150, Kota Bharu, Kelantan.
Contact Person: Dr. Mohamed Saat bin Hj Ismail (09-765 7685 / 019-939 3553)

Homestay Nelayan Pantai Suri – Kelantan

Greeted by a dozen ducks, quacking a cacophonic welcome, is a pleasant surprise as one sets foot on dry land at Pantai Suri Village. Goats and sheep wander aimlessly, chewing on small shrubs. Everything seems peaceful and very laidback.

The journey to the small island of Kampung Pantai Suri is a 20 minutes boat ride. The village sits at the estuary of the Kelantan River near Tumpat, and is near the South China Sea. Get a glimpse of the life of the villagers’, most of whom are fishermen, as they go out to sea early in the morning.

There are no cars here, only motorcycles and bicycles. Most villagers prefer to walk as the homes are situated closely to one another. As you walk, feel the sand under your feet. The coconut trees’ swaying gently in the wind and everyone knows everyone in the village of 450 people.

Try your hand at making the crunchy kuih sepit (love letters), or savour the tasty and mouth-watering local delicacy, kerabu nipah (palm salad) and play congkak with locals.

Watch too, bees’ fly aimlessly, stopping from flower to flower, as ciku trees start to bear fruits. Roosters walk majestically in the village, watching the village ducks wrestling for a morsel or two.

Dried fish is laid out to dry under the hot sun, to make salted fish. Friendly cats warm up to you as you stroll by. A bicycle lies unattended besides the withered bamboo fence. Life is simple, and this is Pantai Suri at its best.

Homestay Nelayan Pantai Suri
d/a Persatuan Nelayan Kawasan Tumpat Kompleks Perikanan LKIM Geting
Pengkalan Kubor
16080 Tumpat, Kelantan
Contact Person: Ramly Ibrahim (+6014 – 847 4865)
Email: [email protected]

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Malaysia’s mountain country: The Cameron Highlands

Malaysia’s mountain country: The Cameron Highlands

The train from Tapah to Tanah Rata winds solemnly and steeply by jungle-clad and mist-wreathed hills. I’m on my approach to Malaysia’s biggest mountain station, a Cameron Highlands.

Every one hundred metres or so is a palm frond shelter, built with varying degrees of sophistication, where a male or a child waits, anticipating to sell fruit or oversized beans hung adult in rows.

Small children watch a train go past with interest, sitting outward villages done adult of timber and frond-thatch or corrugated iron shacks perched adult a hillside.

With a name like that we won’t be astounded to hear a British had a palm in substantiating this mountain retreat. British surveyor William Cameron mapped a segment for a colonial supervision behind in 1885.

Cameron highlands

As a train gains a heights and approaches a Cameron Highlands executive centre of Tanah Rata a immeasurable tea plantations come into view.

Terrace on patio of camellia sinensis underbrush undulating adult a high hillsides; squatly low-growing from a constant plucking. There are also marketplace gardens, strawberry farms, rose gardens and roadsides thick with wildflowers.

Nestled in a alpine segment during an betterment of 1,200 metres, temperatures frequency arise above 25 degrees Celsius during a day and can dump to 12 degrees during night. It is a bizarre and acquire change from a bubbling plains below.

The fun came to a harsh hindrance with a Second World War and a Japanese function though in a post fight years a Cameron Highlands began a delayed mutation into a traveller shelter we know today.

The peace of a Camerons has not been busted by overdevelopment. Traditional encampment life goes on uninterrupted, with forerunner shrines and regressive Muslim and Hindu values alongside a guesthouses and restaurants.

Malaysia’s stately multi-cultural brew is fast apparent in Tanah Rata, with Malay, Chinese and Indian people and food everywhere. On a categorical highway during Sri Brinchang we enjoyed (every day we was in a Camerons) a best vegetarian Thali I’ve ever had, served on vast banana leaves. Then there’s a tea…

Walking adult a circuitous highway to a Boh Tea Plantation during Sg Palas, we come opposite a handful of workers entertainment adult piles of immature leaves into huge sacks.

cameron highlands

The Boh Company produces a not considerate 4 million kilograms of tea each year – around 70 per cent of Malaysia’s sum tea prolongation – and Fairlie here in a Camerons is one of their prettiest plantations.

Surrounded by a immature terraces, a small ‘village’ of long, blue-painted buildings residence a workers, tea estimate machinery, storage and of march a poetic tea house.

Leaves are plucked each 3 weeks in a morning; afterwards rushed to a bureau to bear stages of withering, rolling, fermentation, drying, classification and finally tasting.

The guides during Sg Palas proudly report their teas as carrying a impression of excellent wines; shabby by a altitude, cold temperatures and acidic dirt of a Cameron Highlands.

cameron highlands

The segment has a series of renouned walking trails and we set off on one from nearby my guesthouse on a hinterland of Tanah Rata.

There are huge Birds Nest ferns in a trees, that are draped with epiphytes and a outlandish Pitcher plant or Monkey Cup.  we can hear bizarre birds and monkeys screaming.

Leaping opposite streams with a assist of vast liana vines – Tarzan character – it is a universe divided from a stately tea plantations and former colonial mansions.

On my final day we took a cab to a regard indicate on Mount Batu Brinchang. The views from a 2,301-metre (6,663-foot) rise are stunning.  Lushly immature plateau hidden in obscurity thrust into valleys where a curving lines of a tea plantations are only visible.

If we have visited a Jim Thompson residence in Bangkok we will find a final act in a life story of this rich American silk merchant here. Thompson mysteriously left from his holiday bungalow in 1967.

Despite large open and private searches, he was never found. Whether he got mislaid in a trackless forests, was abducted, or staged his possess disappearance might never be known. we can consider of many reasons to not wish to leave a Camerons.

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Malaysia: Best cooking in a Cameron Highlands

Malaysia: Best cooking in a Cameron Highlands

The cuisines on offer in Malaysia’s pleasing tea country, a Cameron Highlands, runs a progression from Malay, Indian and Chinese to British-influenced high tea and an array of Western eateries. The best of a garland inject a clarity of authenticity, incorporating fresh, locally grown produce. Here are some eating options to refuel pre- or post-jungle trek, or before an scrutiny of a area’s many plantations and farms:

Chinese-Malay steamboat
Steamboat is a Chinese-Malay character of dining and has been adopted as a specialty of a area. At a steamboat grill we radically prepare your possess dinner, adding all from prawns to tofu to internal vegetables into a flavoursome gas hot divided in a centre of your table. It’s lots of fun with a group, and is not usually novel yet a healthy eating choice too.


Mayflower in Tanah Rata is a renouned place to try your palm during formulating your possess steamboat concoction. For something a small reduction bustling, Glory 78 can be found on a highway joining Tanah Rata and Brinchang. Its dishes are halal, and are uninformed and tasty.

While some steamboat restaurants have reverted to regulating gas to energy a particular burners, others still use a normal colourless method, that is pronounced to explain improved essence into a food. Restoran Highlands in Brinchang is one place still regulating charcoal, or we can try and ambience a disproportion during a glorious Cameron Organic Produce, a grill in Brinchang featuring organically grown furnish from their plantation of a same name. Seafood is on offer here, yet a vegetarian soup alone is fresh, pristine and creates good use of anniversary ingredients. Most steamboat places assign around RMB20 per chairman – about RM $20 (AU$6).

Delicious Malaysian cuisine is straightforwardly accessible in a Cameron Highlands, from sharp laksa to honeyed kaya toast. At a Night Market (Brinchang Pasar Malam) stop and representation a illusory array of internal snacks, from boiled honeyed potato balls to chocolate dipped strawberries. Head to Restoran Ferm Nyonya for a pleasing dish of Nyonya or Peranakan cuisine, a normal mix of Chinese and Malay cooking techniques and ingredients. A jack of all trades, they also underline Western dishes on a menu and offer steamboat too. The sambal beans are excellent, and their fish dishes are a specialty. Uncle Chow’s Kopitiam is another must-visit grill in a Cameron Highlands for a nasi lemak or curry laksa, or for one of their dessert offerings served adult in a friendly, family-run old-style coffee shop.

Remnants of British cuisine sojourn in a area’s grill and cafés, with tea and scones or wintry British classics evoking nostalgia, or during slightest widening a area’s eating options. For some normal British transport conduct to a Smoke House, a grill within a desirable hotel of a same name. Here we can sup on dishes like beef wellington, cod and chips or duck Maryland. You can also settle in with a splash in their bar, finish with fireplace. This is one of a many places portion normal English character afternoon tea or ‘high tea’ in a highlands, yet during a pricier finish of a scale.


Other destinations for internal tea and creatively done scones embody The Lord’s Café (ex-T Café), where a strawberry scones are a must-try. To representation locally grown strawberries in many guises, conduct to a smashing Strawberry Moment Dessert Café, that facilities strawberry crepes, waffles, chocolate dipped strawberries, a lusciously built strawberry strudel and even a chocolate ‘steamboat’ for dipping your possess strawberries in, Malaysian style.

Indian eateries are prevalent in a Cameron Highlands, and many underline juicy (and really affordable) rotis in all their guises. Restoran Sri Brinchang facilities juicy duck tikka, paper skinny dosais with juicy accompaniments and uninformed and flavoursome thali plates. Most dishes are around a RM 6.50 (AU$2) mark, charity extraordinary value. Restoran Kumar’s in Tanah Rata is another glorious option, with shining curries served on banana root and some of a freshest and best naan bread in a area. The tandoori duck here is smashing too.

banana root food

Be certain to representation a accumulation of a cuisines on offer in a Cameron Highlands – a restaurants simulate Malaysia’s multiculturalism and diversity. And demeanour past a restaurants for travel snacks, quite during a night market, where we can knowledge some of a freshest and many inventive ways of perplexing a flavoursome internal produce.

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Malaysia: Visiting tea plantations in a Cameron Highlands

Malaysia: Visiting tea plantations in a Cameron Highlands

The Cameron Highlands is to Malaysia what Darjeeling is to India, or Nuwira Eliya is to Sri Lanka – a hilly, lush, immature segment in a country’s interior that grows reward peculiarity tea, with cooler continue charity acquire service from a differently erotic climate.


With a towns of Tanah Rata and Brinchang during a core, a Cameron Highlands is one of Malaysia’s many fruitful areas. Here, erotic pleasant rainforest gives approach to a ascetic climate, with rolling hills and silken immature tea plantations during each turn. Tea aside, a area is dotted with moth gardens, waterfalls, unfeeling farms and strawberry plantations, charity many places to revisit and representation uninformed produce. The former British mountain hire has a decidedly cooler meridian than a rest of a country, and stays a renouned holiday mark for Malaysians evading a city, as good as visitors seeking an choice or additional finish to Malaysia’s much-loved coastal and birthright towns.

A outing to Malaysia’s interior

After a fun-filled introduction to Malaysia around a splendid lights and tasty cooking of Kuala Lumpur, we was looking brazen to saying some-more of what a nation had to offer. The pleasing bluish beaches of Langkawi and a Perhentian Islands we was wakeful of, and a ancestral buildings and tasty cuisine in Penang was also on my radar, nonetheless a Cameron Highlands was a partial of Malaysia we formerly knew small about. All was about to be suggested after an easy train float from a country’s collateral to a rural heartland.

My initial impressions were that it was lush, green, fruitful and beautiful. we found a Cameron Highlands charming, with a occasional architectural curtsy to a colonial heyday adding character, and enjoyed a proliferation of places to stop, eat during and explore. As a tea lover, we was quite enamoured with a initial tea plantations I’d ever seen.

Where to go and what to expect

One of a biggest plantations is BOH Plantations, a association determined in a 1920s that has several vast plantations in a area. BOH Sungai Palas Tea Estate is one of a many renouned and permitted to visit, located a brief expostulate from a city of Brinchang. The overwhelming views of a rolling plantations alone are value a visit, yet for tea aficionados a estate offers a plain introduction to how tea is grown and processed, with an educational debate of a bureau and lots of information to peruse. Afterwards we can representation some of a freshest tea on a world in a onsite café.

boh coffee

An choice to BOH is a camp run by Bharat, who furnish a Cameron Valley code of tea. They have several plantations with teahouses along a categorical highway usually outward Tanah Rata that can simply be visited, yet during rise times they can get crowded. The Cameron Valley tea residence is perched over a colourful immature plantations, and if you’ve had your fill of plain black tea, it offers some some-more sparkling takes on a world’s second many renouned beverage. The masala chai and cardamom tea is perfumed and flavoursome, while a teas infused with uninformed lemongrass or packet are rarely recommended. There’s a café with lots of honeyed offerings here too (think brownies, cheesecake and ice cream).

From stand to cup

A tea camp revisit offers engaging insights into a tea growing, classification and fermenting process, yet for some people, a extraordinary views over a plantations and a tea sampling itself finish adult being a highlights of their visit. Particularly if a tea is consumed in a fantastic tea residence fluctuating adult and over a camp grounds, where we can simply finish adult sitting for an hour or two.


By visiting some of a plantations in a highlands, we detected a new appreciation for a tough work that goes into producing tea. Labourers picking tea leaves by palm out in a object is something we don’t mostly consider of while indulging in your daily caffeine boost. A outing to your tea’s source creates we realize a tough work that goes into not usually flourishing and cultivating tea, yet transforming a leaves into something savoury and prepared for consumption. The plantations offer many smashing detailed opportunities too, for a quintessential shot of a Cameron Highlands’ endless, abounding immature hills.

Jungle treks and food forays aside, a tea camp revisit is really something good value doing in a pleasing Cameron Highlands.

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Gerard’s Place Cameron Highlands

Gerards Place Cameron Highlands 1

A few weeks ago we visited Cameron Highlands. We make a robe out of staying during a conflicting place each time we revisit a place, this time we motionless to stay during Gerard’s Place, a friendly and affordable guesthouse only outward of Tanah Rata. We already stayed during 8Mentigi once, also owned by a same people as Gerard’s Place. The renouned Fathers Guesthouse is also partial of a same organisation of owners, nonetheless this guesthouse is now sealed for several reasons (though they are dictated to open soon).

As we were informed in Tanah Rata it didn’t take that prolonged to find a highway that leads adult to a guesthouse. If we are nearing by automobile from a Tapah exit (when entrance from KL) afterwards we need to take a right spin only before entering Tanah Rata, one of a categorical villages in Cameron Highlands. When we gathering over a complicated highway to Cameron Highlands (exit Simpang Pulai nearby Ipoh); we initial need to expostulate by Tanah Rata and only when we exit a village, take a left turn. From there on we follow a highway upwards as a guesthouse is located on a hill.

The guesthouse is indeed located within a residential area, partial of a few blocks of houses and conflicting a Heritage Hotel. The tangible residence numbers are: Carnation Block C 9, C 10 C 17 in Greenhill Resort. This already gives a guesthouse a pleasing feeling, we feel like we have arrived during home. The vital room also gives that impression, there are a few pleasing pictures, a large shade radio with wire tv, a common fridge, a kitchen and an area with a pc that we can use to check a internet. As Cameron Highlands is a highland resort, it is customarily not warmer than 24 degrees. There are no aircon’s, we have no use for them anyway. There is a tiny square and a patch of immature where we can site outside. At night we can indeed mark fireflies right in front of a patio.

One of a good aspects of all 3 guesthouses, Gerard’s Place, Fathers Guesthouse and 8Mentigi, is that a same owners also work a internal debate group Cameron Secrets. Besides a customary tours, they also offer really good Eco-tours and journey tours (like jungle treks and scrutiny tours). Standard tours typically final half a day, or a whole day and contains a revisit to roughly all highlights in a area. Besides tours, Cameron Secrets also offers ride to possibly Perhentian Island, Taman Negara (both around Gua Musang) and to Penang. If we book a debate with Cameron Secrets we will be picked adult during a given time in front of a guesthouse.

Rooms are utterly good during Gerard’s Place. Some have a common bathroom; others have a lavatory within a room. Showers worked great, nonetheless we found it a bit formidable to get out from underneath it, since of a cold temperatures outside. The bed slept great. Breakfast is really basic, though only adequate to final we until lunch time. You can always move we possess things and keep it in a common fridge or we can transport to Tanah Rata city in 5 mins to suffer a really good breakfast during Rosedale Bistro.

Gerard’s Place offers giveaway wifi. There are also utterly a few good magazines (mostly travel) for we to read. Some guest left their books behind for a subsequent guests. From a guesthouse it is a 5 notation transport to a core of Tanah Rata. Because of a colder meridian it is indeed really pleasing to transport around in Cameron Highlands, a 5 notation transport in Kuala Lumpur would substantially be a conflicting knowledge since of a heat.

We paid between RM70 and RM100 for a rooms. During rise deteriorate and open holidays (like Chinese New Year) there is a surcharge. You can make reservations directly around their website (well, arrange of as they do not have an central website yet). The best approach is to call them, though we can also hit them by email.






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