Homestay in Malaysia Cameron Highlands
How about an international cultural homestay in Malaysia Cameron Highlands? It certainly would be interesting and very different from the usual hotels in Cameron Highlands accommodation. Homestay programs is available worldwide in that it provides an insight into the local lifestyle while staying in the home of your host be it in Malaysia, Canada, China or anywhere in the world.
Homestay in Malaysia
Homestay in Malaysia is not unique to this country; international homestay is available just about every country in the world. Homestay programs are for the home owners who want to start off an accommodation business but provide a unique slant to the usual accommodation stay. Just because you open up your house for accommodation to tourist doesn't automatically make your accommodation a homestay abode. In Malaysia, tourism Malaysia has laid down some strict guidelines for anyone who wishes to turn their house into a homestay programs.
As espoused by our tourism Ministry Datuk Ser Dr Ng Yen Yen said in June 2009, homestay in Malaysia must adhere to strict guidelines to ensure tourist will get a real experience of Malaysia cultural living. Homestay owners must interact with their guests, which mean the visitors are staying together with the family of the homestay owners. In addition, homestay owners should theoretically teach their guest at least a local song and dance, treat them to special local delicacy so that tourist visitor will get an experience of local Malaysian life that they can bring home with cherished memories of their vacation in Malaysia.
That means not every Tom, Dick and Harry who just rent out a house as an accommodation for guests is considered as homestay programs. And I do know of some accommodation owners who would like to consider their humble abode as sort of like homestay because you are staying in their home, more or less. But it just doesn't quite fit the bill if going according to the Tourism Malaysia guidelines about homestay programs.
Homestay in Cameron Highlands
So how about this corner of the world? Homestay in Cameron Highlands are located in Taman Sedia. It is a very nice quiet neighbourhood of single story bungalow houses. Taman Sedia is located just outside of Tanah Rata town on the way to Brinchang. I have pop in here a couple of times though I have not stayed in homestay in Cameron Highlands, from what I see, they sure look cozy. Each house is different, so staying in each home would certainly differ. The homestay folks do get assistance from the Pahang Tourism Ministry because I saw the ministry office right smack next to the homestay programs houses!
Agro tourism is quite a feature when it comes to homestay in Cameron Highlands. Several of the houses have got strawberry farms attached to their homestay accommodation. I believe in their adherence to the Pahang Tourism Malaysia guideline one of the activity would be agro tourism unique to Cameron Highlands, things like farming vegetables, flowers, and from the looks of the rows and rows of strawberry potted plants, strawberry farming! Well I'm not much of green thumb and not everybody would take to farming and gardening, perhaps the enjoyable activity would be pick your own strawberry!
And of course nothing like good old hospitality Malaysian style! One of my readers commented that during one of his homestay at Marina Chalet Homestay, it was raining heavily in Cameron Highlands and the host invited him and his family for lunch and showed him many old photos of Cameron Highlands to while away the time. He said it was the most memorable trip despite the poor weather condition!
Without much adieu, here's a list of homestay in Cameron Highlands located in Taman Sedia.
- Anggerik Homestay, Salmah Bt Lazim 019-6414 857
- Al-Mashoor Chalet, 019-576 0669, 05-491 4204
- Agapanthus Homestay, Hajjah Itam Rahmah Bt Ngah Ismail 017-5530816 (number not clear on signboard)
- M & Z Homestay, 019-548 0129, 05-6211 261
- Marina Chalet Homestay, 05-4911 295, 016-9720 699, 019-4605 008
- Ros Chalet, 05-491 2787, 019-578 2044, 012-583 8060
- Mawar Homestay, Hajjah Azizah Bt Itam, 05-4911 690
- Lily Homestay, 05-4911 477, 013-452 6889, 013-941 0677
- Bougainvilla Homestay, Hajjah Bibi Khursh D Bt. Mohammad, 05-4912 654
- Aiza Chalet, 019-756 0991, 019-757 0991
Hope you find a suitable cultural homestay in Malaysia Cameron Highlands!
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