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HOMESTAY PROGRAM

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STUDENT PROGRAMMED

The Homestay experience can also be enjoyed via student programmes. Students from different cultures and education systems have a great opportunity to interact.

 

Once they have settled in with their host families, foreign students will spend their days at the local school and attend classes as well as functions where they will get to know their local counterparts. Regular activities conducted within the class will also be part of the programme. Students from both sides experience a cultural exchange as local Malaysian students will happily stage a presentation like silat (an ancient martial art) or a traditional dace for their guests. Foreign students normally reciprocate with a cultural performance where they don their traditional costumes and perform for their hosts. Host families are normally actively involved as well, creating lasting bonds that span the oceans.

 
  Experience Malaysian Homestay by Rail
 

Enjoy the scenic sights of the countryside in a train! To add more adventure to their homestay experience, visitors can travel by train and take in the charming views without the hassle of a road trip. To provide visitors with this delightful experience, the Ministry of Tourism has come up with rail tourism packages in collaboration with Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad or Malayan Railway Limited. Combining two unique experiences in one, these attractive packages take visitors on a leisurely train ride to various parts of Peninsular Malaysia for a taste of authentic rural life. Visitors can choose from 3 Day 2 Night packages (3D/2N) or 4 Days 2 Nights (4D/2N) packages. Prices range from RM345 to RM535 (SGD215 to SGD435). Keretapi Tanah Melayu or KTM?s comfortable coaches offer the following facilities:

  • Train ride with bunk beds (for long distances).

  • Dinner, lunch or breakfast depending on the duration and distance.

  • Entertainment coach for a group of 40 pax or more, including karaoke facilities.

  • Full range of homestay experience.

There are 21 selected homestays that participate in this programme, geographically located in the West Coast or East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Departures are from either Kuala Lumpur or Singapore, depending on the location of the village.

 

 
 

AUTHENTIC LOCAL DELIGHTS

 Tempt your palate with a variety of authentic Malaysian tastes and flavours. Simple yet scrumptious, the dishes of the rural folk are often made with garden vegetables and fresh local produce. Try your hand at making some of the local delicacies and surprise friends and family back home with your newly acquired culinary skills!

 

Enjoying meals with a host family will be an interesting and pleasant experience. In most homes, village folk have their meals while being seated on a mat, laid out on the floor. Be adventurous and try eating using your fingers. Meal times are important as members of the family gather to enjoy their food. As a close-knit society, it is a normal practice for the villagers to get together to prepare the meals. Visitors will find an array of lip-smacking food, served during breakfast, lunch, teatime, dinner and even supper! A typical breakfast will comprise of nasi lemak, or fragrant rice served with hard-boiled egg, stir-fried water convolvulus (locally known as kangkung), roasted groundnuts, fried chicken, a spicy anchovy sauce and crisp slices of cucumber.

 

For lunch, the main meal usually comprises of rice, served with meat and vegetable side dishes. Fresh or blanched local greens known as ulam are popular accompaniments. Akin to salad, ulam is usually eaten with a dip. Aside from the main meals, visitors will probably hear the word kuih mentioned many times throughout their stay. Kuih refers to an assortment of cakes, snacks or dumplings, ranging from both sweet to savoury. The delicious taste and interesting variety of shapes, sizes and colours make the Malay kuih a satisfying delight at any time of the day. One of the most popular teatime snacks is the goreng pisang, or banana fritters.

 

 

The crispy batter, combined with the soft, sweet taste of the banana will make goreng pisang an instant favourite! Aside from the ubiquitous banana fritters, visitors can enjoy a variety of teatime entr?s such as tapioca fritters, sweet potato fritters and prawn fritters. And as for dessert, what can be more appealing than an assortment of freshly sliced tropical fruits! The products of cottage industries also make excellent snacks. In the east coast states such as Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan, village folk get together to prepare the keropok lekor, or traditional fish cracker.

 

Another popular product of a cottage industry is the dodol (a sticky soft cake similar to a toffee). Several volunteers take turns to keep stirring the ingredients in a huge wok, up to four or five hours until it reaches the right consistency. In the states of Sabah and Sarawak, a homestay experience enables visitors to try the lip-smacking fare of the ethnic communities. Tempt your palate with ambuyat, a thick gluey porridge made of sago, tapioca or rice. Visitors can also savour the delectable Sarawak layer cake. Try having the rice wine as a welcome drink, or have some paku dita, a local drink made from tree bark. To enhance your experience, visitors are welcomed to participate in the food preparation. The local womenfolk are happy and proud to share the recipes that have been handed down by their mothers and grandmothers.

 

 
 
 

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HOMESTAY PROGRAM