Pasir Belanda Homestay,
Malaysia, Eastern Malaysia
Info : Pasir Belanda Homestay
Pasir Belanda is a Malay village (Kampung) style homestay on the banks of the river just outside the bustling Kota Bharu in the north east of mainland Malaysia. It’s brilliant for visitors wanting insight into the local way of life without compromising on comfort.
Set up by a Dutch couple who fell in love with this region of Malaysia, Pasir Belanda employs locals who share their traditional knowledge of local crafting, painting batik and weaving cloth with guests. It’s a fantastic venture to preserve an ancient way of life whilst giving you some brilliant authentic experiences in country.
There are various chalets on offer, all of which have air conditioning and ensuite bathrooms. Whilst they can’t be considered as luxurious, they are certainly comfortable and fitted with modern conveniences.
There is a playground, badminton field, bicycles for rent, boats, kayaks and a ping pong table available to guests. There is also a main swimming pool overlooking forest and fields, allowing guests to take a refreshing dip.
All in all, this is a wonderful authentic and comfortable homestay. It’s particularly good for families as there are so many interactive activities on offer but also suits couples who want to gain insight into traditional Malay culture and way of life.
Homestay - What we mean by 'Homestay' is generally a large family owned house, still occupied by at least some members of the family. Interaction with guests is encouraged and is in fact unlikely to be avoided! These places always have bags of character are usually highly charming and can provide a fascinating shortcut towards understanding local life a little better. Facilities can range from the luxurious, to pretty basic and meals are generally taken as a group and served in the local style rather than from a menu. The service is almost always fairly quirky and idiosyncratic. Great fun.
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We all remarked on how well tourism blended in to the local community in a positive way. At no point did we ever feel exploited or taken advantage of. We felt privileged to visit the Penan tribe in Mulu and enjoyed the market there without any pressure to spend money. Visiting Abai village and planting the trees was also a great experience for all ages of our party. Again, a privilege.