Malaysian Homestay ProgrammeWhat is a homestay programme?
A homestay programme gives tourists the opportunity to stay with a chosen family, interact and experience the daily life of their homestay family and learn the culture and lifestyle of the rural community in Malaysia. A homestay programme cannot be classified as a lodging facility. It focuses more on lifestyle and experience, including cultural and economic activities.
What types of activities are offered in a homestay programme?
Each homestay programme offers different types of activities, depending on the culture, food, economic activity as well as location. Every state in Malaysia has its own uniqueness in terms of culture, ranging from the nasi dagang in Kelantan to the sumazau dance in Sabah, as well as the long houses in Sarawak. Examples of homestay activities include:
(i) Culture and Lifestyle
- Traditional dances, traditional songs and traditional food
- Traditional games and sports
- Culture: marriage, assembly of animal sacrifice and festivals
- Rubber tapping
- Fish breeding
- Agriculture: paddy, cocoa, oil palm, fruit
- Jungle trekking
- White water rafting
- Visit to nearby tourism products
- Tree Planting Programme: Tourists are encouraged to plant trees at their homestays with the aim of preserving the environment and further beautifying the landscape of the homestays.
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