Malaysia Backpackers Destination and Homestay


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Penang Hill, Bukit Bendera Train

The commencement of the funicular train would bring back the good old days of Penang Hill and allow tourist to enjoy not only the scenic beauty of Penang Hill but also appreciate the reason why the entire island of Penang is called the “Pearl of the Orient.”

A hill with elevation of about 833 m (2723 ft) has proved that it is one of the main attractions not only to the foreigner but also locals.

Funicular Train service
Going up, 6:30am to 9:30pm. Saturday extend until 11:30pm
Going down, 6:45am to 9:15pm. Saturday extend until 11:15pm

Funicular train leaves every 20 to 25 minutes at a cost of RM4 per person that can carry a max of 80 passengers per trip.

You can buy your ticket at the ticket counter and after you do that, take some time to visit the gallery that is located behind the ticketing counter. The gallery showcase some of the old Penang Hills history which includes photos and antique items.

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Monday, January 12, 2009

White Rafting At Kiulu, Sabah, Malaysia

Mitabang Home Stay, Kg. Tulung, Kiulu, Sabah,Malaysia is one of the best homestay in Sabah.

Pick up from Kota Kinabalu city hotel in the morning and depart for Kiulu River (about 1½ hours drive). Northbound towards the lush valleys of Mount Kinabalu which takes you pass the town of Inanam and Menggatal. As you approach the small town of Kiulu in Tamparuli District, selection is made by the river guide for a suitable starting point. Upon arrival, you will be introduced the use of the equipment and briefed on the safety and rafting techniques.

The ride down one of Borneo's scenic rivers over gentle rapids, passes lush green jungle forests and Dusun orchards and villages.

Kiulu is a scenic countryside located 75 kilometers east of Kota Kinabalu, the gateway to Borneo Sabah. Kiulu covers the southern part of the district of Tuaran whose serene mountainous terrain forms part of the Crocker Range stretching to as high as 4000 feet above sea-level.

Rushing out of its highland forests are many streams and rivers which converged into the Kiulu valleys to form the grade 2 kiulu river, a hub for white water rafting and traditional bamboo rafting in Sabah . As a matter of fact, Kiulu is named after a tributary that meanders the Mongkonihab-Poturidong village into the main kiulu river.

Kiulu has further come into the tourism lime-light as a destination for river adventure through its annual indigenous eco-sports race namely the Kiulu 4M Bamboo Rafting Challenge which has now become a Annual State Tourism and Visit Malaysia Year event. This race involves four disciplines that start with the letter M. In the kadazandusun language, the 4M stands for: Manangkus (running), Mamangkar (bamboo rafting), Manampatau (swimming with a bamboo pole), Mamarampanau (walking or running on bamboo stilts).

Kiulu is also known for its peaceful and safe riverside camping at Malangang Camp Ground and river fish breeding conservation/protection efforts (known locally as “bombon/tagal”).

In addition, Kiulu offers a hospitable homestay service at Mitabang Homestay Kg. Tulung-Mantob, where one can have a taste of the warmth, peace loving and healthy life-style of the Sabah Borneo Dusun community.Villagers at Mitabang Homestay are close-knit, friendly and still adhering the noble traditions/cultural values of the dusun people. One of such values is the practice of “mitabang/” or “mogitatabang”, which means merrily helping one another or working together to do a heavy/big task. Mitabang/mogitatabang is prevalent in the livelihood of the villagers particularly in planting and harvesting hill/wet paddy. Hence, Mitabang Homestay is named to quest for a harmonious and better tomorrow.


Ariffin Gadait
Coordinator, Mitabang Homestay Kg. Tulung-Mantob, Kiulu
P. Box 8 , 89257 Tamparuli, Sabah , Malaysia
Tel. 088-255972, 088-225752/3, H/p : 019-8624585
Fax : 088-257901/262198

Email : Ariffin

Azura Homestay, Kuala Langat, Selangor, Malaysia

Azura Homestay, Kuala Langat, Selangor offers a distinctive style of living with emphasis on warm and friendly hospitality within private homes. This is your chance to experience the genuine Malaysian lifestyle.Wake up to the authenticity of 'kampung' life. Listen to the sounds of cockerels greeting a new day, breathe in the crisp fresh air and look forward to the simple pleasures of life, collect your own eggs from the coop, learn to tap a rubber tree, enjoy an icy cool dip at the nearby river before trying your luck at fishing and try your hand at baking delicious Malay cakes.

Azura Homestay is situated in Kuala Langat District, about 5 km from Banting town and 25 km from KLIA. It covers about 859 hectares, largely of land under agriculture comprising of palm oil, coconut and coffee. Planting area the village was open in 1910. At first, there were only about 10 families in the village. Population increased from year to year and currently there are 368 houses with about 2,138 in habitants.

Although not in planned settlement, the road system and house are well lay out in grilled iron pattern with the main road providing access to the settlement. The design of most houses in the village reflects typical traditional Javanese style architecture. The houses are relatively large compared to those in urban areas which each having a well maintained small garden planted with flowers and fruits trees. Even though the land is relatively flat, the variety of colour and shape of the house with garden, a good drainage system and garden planting made Sungai Lang Tengah a beautiful and clean village.

The village is well-equipped with social facilities and utilities comparable to urban settlement. All houses are supplied with electricity and piped water.

On the whole, the administration of land and development of the village is under jurisdiction of Kuala Langat District Office. However at community level, the village is administrated by a Jawatankuasa Kemajuan dan Keselamatan Kampung (Village Development and Security Committee) or known as JKKK headed by a Village Head appointed by the Government.

Preparation and production Bunga Tekap (pressed flower) from flower and plant dried before wilt to meet market demand. Composition and flower vase material from and waste plant as the trunk of a banana tree, corn leaf and skin, upeh propose and palm tree. Product from materials abandoned as paper, old newspaper make vase and handicraft basket. Introduction and food promotion local traditional as lemper, tuntuman, tapai and with methods tempe preparation and special meal.

Tourism Selangor Sdn Bhd
Lot P7 Jalan Indah,
Shah Alam

Telephone: 603 - 5513 2000
Fax: 603 - 5513 6268