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Rural Tourism: Visit These 8 Malaysian Kampung and Experience Village Life Away From the City Buzz

06 Dec 2021
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1. Pulau Ketam (Selangor)

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People have to travel by 🚤boat to Pulau Ketam (🤔hmm...maybe Mr Krabs have some Malaysian 🦀relatives here). Pulau Ketam is an island located near the coast of Port Klang. The locals here are mainly Teochew and Hokkien Chinese. Upon arriving, you will come across the fishing village with stilt houses standing on the water. One interesting thing to note is that, although this is an island, there is no sandy beach at sight. Instead, the coastline has been formed by mangroves.

Image Credit: ℂ𝕚𝕜 ℍ𝕒𝕟, 𝕐𝕠𝕦𝕟𝕘 𝕃𝕚𝕧𝕚𝕟𝕘 🌱 (IG)

Wake up to the sound of boats and bicycle bells ringing, no car exhaust smoke and no car engine sounds when you stay overnight here (ah~peace~😌). Yes! There are a few hotels and homestays here for tourists to sleepover🛌. With this, you can experience what it feels like to stay in a village for a few days. It is perfect for a weekend getaway for people staying in Klang Valley because the boat ride is only around 30-40 mins from the Port Klang jetty to the Pulau Ketam Jetty. Plus! Visitors can purchase the tickets on the spot!

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You can rent a bicycle and 🚲bike around (some hotels even provide free bike rental!) while enjoying the sea breeze. Fresh local seafood products are sold here in the market area and sometimes on the house porch! This place gives a homey feel and you won’t feel like a tourist at all as you can pass by freely in front of the inhabited houses (just don’t tak tau malu and trespass the houses-lah). For more village experiences, feel free to chat with the locals. There are also a couple of restaurants all around the island that serve fresh seafood!

1. Pulau Ketam (Selangor)

Image Credit: แอนเดียน (IG)

People have to travel by 🚤boat to Pulau Ketam (🤔hmm...maybe Mr Krabs have some Malaysian 🦀relatives here). Pulau Ketam is an island located near the coast of Port Klang. The locals here are mainly Teochew and Hokkien Chinese. Upon arriving, you will come across the fishing village with stilt houses standing on the water. One interesting thing to note is that, although this is an island, there is no sandy beach at sight. Instead, the coastline has been formed by mangroves.

Image Credit: ℂ𝕚𝕜 ℍ𝕒𝕟, 𝕐𝕠𝕦𝕟𝕘 𝕃𝕚𝕧𝕚𝕟𝕘 🌱 (IG)

Wake up to the sound of boats and bicycle bells ringing, no car exhaust smoke and no car engine sounds when you stay overnight here (ah~peace~😌). Yes! There are a few hotels and homestays here for tourists to sleepover🛌. With this, you can experience what it feels like to stay in a village for a few days. It is perfect for a weekend getaway for people staying in Klang Valley because the boat ride is only around 30-40 mins from the Port Klang jetty to the Pulau Ketam Jetty. Plus! Visitors can purchase the tickets on the spot!

Image Credit: Juliun Ong (IG)

You can rent a bicycle and 🚲bike around (some hotels even provide free bike rental!) while enjoying the sea breeze. Fresh local seafood products are sold here in the market area and sometimes on the house porch! This place gives a homey feel and you won’t feel like a tourist at all as you can pass by freely in front of the inhabited houses (just don’t tak tau malu and trespass the houses-lah). For more village experiences, feel free to chat with the locals. There are also a couple of restaurants all around the island that serve fresh seafood!

2. Sekinchan (Selangor)

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Sekinchan is well known for its paddy fields, fishing village and white sandy beach. Even so, there are lots of things that you can see and experience around here.

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Many people from the cities around Klang Valley like to drop by the fishing village here in Sekinchan once in a while to get fresh local seafood. Prices are pretty reasonable, and the fishes will be cleaned, cut and then packed and sealed for you to bring home and enjoy. Sekinchan is also one of the favourite spots of professional and amateur photographers, for the docked fishing boats are all interesting subjects to the 📸lens.

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Located in the middle of a lush paddy field is a paddy mill. Within the paddy mill lies a gallery that allows tourists to visit and learn about the rice and how they are processed. There are plenty of paddy fields in Sekinchan which are suitable for wedding photoshoots. However, do note that the green paddy fields are seasonal (you probably don't want to come to a brown and barren paddy field). The best 👍months to come are around March to April and September to October. If you feel like staying overnight, there is a vibrantly painted container homestay in the middle of a paddy field.

2. Sekinchan (Selangor)

Image Credit: 卡门 CARMENCHOO WONDER

Sekinchan is well known for its paddy fields, fishing village and white sandy beach. Even so, there are lots of things that you can see and experience around here.

Image Credit: Shu En (IG)

Many people from the cities around Klang Valley like to drop by the fishing village here in Sekinchan once in a while to get fresh local seafood. Prices are pretty reasonable, and the fishes will be cleaned, cut and then packed and sealed for you to bring home and enjoy. Sekinchan is also one of the favourite spots of professional and amateur photographers, for the docked fishing boats are all interesting subjects to the 📸lens.

Image Credit: www.cinda.asia

Located in the middle of a lush paddy field is a paddy mill. Within the paddy mill lies a gallery that allows tourists to visit and learn about the rice and how they are processed. There are plenty of paddy fields in Sekinchan which are suitable for wedding photoshoots. However, do note that the green paddy fields are seasonal (you probably don't want to come to a brown and barren paddy field). The best 👍months to come are around March to April and September to October. If you feel like staying overnight, there is a vibrantly painted container homestay in the middle of a paddy field.

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Pantai Redang Sekinchan is a small beach where tourists can take insta-worthy photos (This is not Pulau Redang yea...don’t later say we scam you👁👄👁).  However, please take note that you are not supposed to swim here. There is a wooden treehouse (well...sort of) by the beach where people can relax on swings and hammocks while enjoying fresh coconut drinks. Within walking distance from the beach are a Chinese temple and a wishing tree. The tree is covered with red ribbons as more and more people throw them up on the tree when they make wishes. About 30-mins-drive from the beach are the famous sky mirror and blue tear watching site. 

Image Credit: Ifynity

Pantai Redang Sekinchan is a small beach where tourists can take insta-worthy photos (This is not Pulau Redang yea...don’t later say we scam you👁👄👁).  However, please take note that you are not supposed to swim here. There is a wooden treehouse (well...sort of) by the beach where people can relax on swings and hammocks while enjoying fresh coconut drinks. Within walking distance from the beach are a Chinese temple and a wishing tree. The tree is covered with red ribbons as more and more people throw them up on the tree when they make wishes. About 30-mins-drive from the beach are the famous sky mirror and blue tear watching site. 

3. Bagan Datuk (Perak)

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This small town’s main economic activity is fishing. Located just about an hour from Teluk Intan, this is a good choice of place (especially for Perakians) to go to for another sky mirror! Yes! There is another sky mirror, blue tear watching and firefly watching tour here in Perak! Stop by the picturesque waterfront Bagan Datuk for photo sessions (especially the colourful and brightly painted shoplot). As you walk around the shoplots, you will discover various interesting murals. We suggest going in the evening so that you can watch the sunset by the sea. 

3. Bagan Datuk (Perak)

Image Credit: Travel With Lik

This small town’s main economic activity is fishing. Located just about an hour from Teluk Intan, this is a good choice of place (especially for Perakians) to go to for another sky mirror! Yes! There is another sky mirror, blue tear watching and firefly watching tour here in Perak! Stop by the picturesque waterfront Bagan Datuk for photo sessions (especially the colourful and brightly painted shoplot). As you walk around the shoplots, you will discover various interesting murals. We suggest going in the evening so that you can watch the sunset by the sea. 

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At a fishing village, you can expect nothing less than fresh sea produce. What’s more, you can personally hunt for your sea treasures by fishing and clam digging! You can even bring them to the nearest restaurant and request the chef to cook for you so that you can enjoy the freshest seafood ever.


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At a fishing village, you can expect nothing less than fresh sea produce. What’s more, you can personally hunt for your sea treasures by fishing and clam digging! You can even bring them to the nearest restaurant and request the chef to cook for you so that you can enjoy the freshest seafood ever.


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Don’t forget to drop by the sunflower garden at Sungai Burung too. At this garden, you just have to pay RM5-13 (according to age) for the entrance and you will get a complimentary packet of food to feed the fishes and ducks! There are many other photogenic backdrops all over the garden to visitors take 📸photos. So, men...you guys better drink red bull for breakfast to help your wife/girlfriend get their best IG photos!

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Don’t forget to drop by the sunflower garden at Sungai Burung too. At this garden, you just have to pay RM5-13 (according to age) for the entrance and you will get a complimentary packet of food to feed the fishes and ducks! There are many other photogenic backdrops all over the garden to visitors take 📸photos. So, men...you guys better drink red bull for breakfast to help your wife/girlfriend get their best IG photos!

4. Homestay Rumah Panjang Annah Rais (Sarawak)

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What is a visit to Sabah or Sarawak without a visit to the rumah panjang? Rumah Panjang Annah Rais, located near the border of Sarawak-Kalimantan Indonesia in Padawan, is a Bidayuh longhouse built in 1818 (203 years😱 GASP!). It is constantly extending up to today. In the beginning, there were only 3 doors at the longhouse. Now, it has extended to more than 150 doors! Currently, this longest longhouse in Sarawak has more than 1500 residents. If you don’t feel like staying the night here, you can choose to drop by for a day trip too!

4. Homestay Rumah Panjang Annah Rais (Sarawak)

Image Credit: Borneogirl | Nature & People

What is a visit to Sabah or Sarawak without a visit to the rumah panjang? Rumah Panjang Annah Rais, located near the border of Sarawak-Kalimantan Indonesia in Padawan, is a Bidayuh longhouse built in 1818 (203 years😱 GASP!). It is constantly extending up to today. In the beginning, there were only 3 doors at the longhouse. Now, it has extended to more than 150 doors! Currently, this longest longhouse in Sarawak has more than 1500 residents. If you don’t feel like staying the night here, you can choose to drop by for a day trip too!

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Before coming here, remember to fatten up your wallet first! Over here, you will find a variety of local products and handicrafts for sale, such as tuak, keropok, and lots of beaded crafts. They are all produced by the residents of the longhouse.

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Before coming here, remember to fatten up your wallet first! Over here, you will find a variety of local products and handicrafts for sale, such as tuak, keropok, and lots of beaded crafts. They are all produced by the residents of the longhouse.

5. Orang Asli Village @ Taman Negara (Pahang)

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There is a small number of the Batek and Semaq Beri families here. They are the aborigines or Orang Asli and most of them live in Kampung Tersek Baru dan Kampung Dedari here in Taman Negara. Practising a semi-primitive lifestyle, the Orang Asli only go to the town once a month to buy daily necessities such as rice, cooking oil, coffee, etc. Otherwise, the whole jungle is their “supermarket" because they have most of their needs here in nature.


5. Orang Asli Village @ Taman Negara (Pahang)

Image Credit: www.aasanitation.com

There is a small number of the Batek and Semaq Beri families here. They are the aborigines or Orang Asli and most of them live in Kampung Tersek Baru dan Kampung Dedari here in Taman Negara. Practising a semi-primitive lifestyle, the Orang Asli only go to the town once a month to buy daily necessities such as rice, cooking oil, coffee, etc. Otherwise, the whole jungle is their “supermarket" because they have most of their needs here in nature.


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Most of the ladies are shy but the kids, on the other hand, are the most welcoming as some of them warmly greet visitors while the others run around naked. Visitors need to take a boat to reach the village. Some of the activities here include blowpipe and fire-starting demonstrations. The small tourism fee and sales of handicrafts are their main source of income. Although almost unheard of by many Malaysians, Orang Asli Village is quite a popular tourist attraction among foreign tourists. So, don't you think it’s time for more locals like us to visit them?

Image Credit: Amelia Mustaffa

Most of the ladies are shy but the kids, on the other hand, are the most welcoming as some of them warmly greet visitors while the others run around naked. Visitors need to take a boat to reach the village. Some of the activities here include blowpipe and fire-starting demonstrations. The small tourism fee and sales of handicrafts are their main source of income. Although almost unheard of by many Malaysians, Orang Asli Village is quite a popular tourist attraction among foreign tourists. So, don't you think it’s time for more locals like us to visit them?

6. Gemalai Village @ Laman Padi (Langkawi)

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Stay in a scenic village with traditional Malay kampung houses perched on a paddy field! Gemalai Village is truly a hidden gem near Pantai Cenang, Langkawi that not many people know! There are 3 double stories and 3 single stories kampung houses, which total up to 6 traditional kampung houses. These houses are all connected by wooden boardwalks above the mostly water-filled paddy fields.

6. Gemalai Village @ Laman Padi (Langkawi)

Image Credit: Hannah Barnao
Stay in a scenic village with traditional Malay kampung houses perched on a paddy field! Gemalai Village is truly a hidden gem near Pantai Cenang, Langkawi that not many people know! There are 3 double stories and 3 single stories kampung houses, which total up to 6 traditional kampung houses. These houses are all connected by wooden boardwalks above the mostly water-filled paddy fields.

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The Gemalai village is a place where you get to experience the “air”(💨udara not 💧water) of Kampung without stripping the comfort of a modern house, such as air-conditioning, hot showers and more! (Be prepared to hear from your mom on how harsh her life was when she grew up in a kampung) Guests can enjoy breakfast served in a rattan basket on the porch while facing the beautiful blue sky and vast green paddy field. The rooms are clean, and the beds are comfy. It is not extreme to say that this place is underrated. 

Image Credit: Forever Break ? Josh

The Gemalai village is a place where you get to experience the “air”(💨udara not 💧water) of Kampung without stripping the comfort of a modern house, such as air-conditioning, hot showers and more! (Be prepared to hear from your mom on how harsh her life was when she grew up in a kampung) Guests can enjoy breakfast served in a rattan basket on the porch while facing the beautiful blue sky and vast green paddy field. The rooms are clean, and the beds are comfy. It is not extreme to say that this place is underrated. 

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There are free fishing rods available for guests to do some fishing (🎣fishes are to be released back to the water, so don't chomp on them like sashimi ok!) and there are free bike rentals too! Don't be surprised if you wake up to the sound of buffalos and cats in the middle of the night because they are a part of the Gemalai Village residents.

Image Credit: Miss Guns N Roses

There are free fishing rods available for guests to do some fishing (🎣fishes are to be released back to the water, so don't chomp on them like sashimi ok!) and there are free bike rentals too! Don't be surprised if you wake up to the sound of buffalos and cats in the middle of the night because they are a part of the Gemalai Village residents.

7. Mah Meri Cultural Village (Selangor)

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The Mah Meri Cultural Village is located on Pulau Carey (yes, the name is so vogue right...). Because it is only separated by a river, Pulau Carey is not considered an island by locals. To enter the Mah Meri Cultural Village, visitors have to pay RM20 for the entry ticket.


7. Mah Meri Cultural Village (Selangor)

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The Mah Meri Cultural Village is located on Pulau Carey (yes, the name is so vogue right...). Because it is only separated by a river, Pulau Carey is not considered an island by locals. To enter the Mah Meri Cultural Village, visitors have to pay RM20 for the entry ticket.


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The Mah Meri people are renowned for their woodworks, especially their expressive face masks. These masks are usually worn during traditional dance rituals to represent their ancestral spirits called moyang. There are a few galleries here that showcase the hand-carved wooden masks along with other handicrafts (22 of them have been awarded the UNESCO SEAL of Excellence).


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The Mah Meri people are renowned for their woodworks, especially their expressive face masks. These masks are usually worn during traditional dance rituals to represent their ancestral spirits called moyang. There are a few galleries here that showcase the hand-carved wooden masks along with other handicrafts (22 of them have been awarded the UNESCO SEAL of Excellence).


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There are slingshot and blowpipe games that visitors can try out. Plus, visitors also get to experience the traditional wedding ritual by wearing the Mah Meri traditional costumes and participating in traditional dances. As you walk around, you will find a souvenir shop where you can buy the intricate wood crafts produced by the Mah Meri people. If you are hungry, there is a spacious cafe and restaurant for you to relax and replenish your energy💪.

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There are slingshot and blowpipe games that visitors can try out. Plus, visitors also get to experience the traditional wedding ritual by wearing the Mah Meri traditional costumes and participating in traditional dances. As you walk around, you will find a souvenir shop where you can buy the intricate wood crafts produced by the Mah Meri people. If you are hungry, there is a spacious cafe and restaurant for you to relax and replenish your energy💪.

8. Kuala Sepetang (Perak)

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Also known as Port Weld, it is well known for its fishing villages that thrive through fish farming. There are a couple of lodgings and inns here, so tourists can slowly spend their time exploring Kuala Sepetang. When you are in Kuala Sepetang, don’t forget to eat the famous mee udang that got everybody raving. It is famous because restaurants here often serve the mee udang in Kuala Sepetang with 🦐large prawns!

8. Kuala Sepetang (Perak)

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Also known as Port Weld, it is well known for its fishing villages that thrive through fish farming. There are a couple of lodgings and inns here, so tourists can slowly spend their time exploring Kuala Sepetang. When you are in Kuala Sepetang, don’t forget to eat the famous mee udang that got everybody raving. It is famous because restaurants here often serve the mee udang in Kuala Sepetang with 🦐large prawns!

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Some of the must-visits here include the Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve (largest mangrove reserve in Malaysia) and Khay Hor charcoal factory. At the Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve, visitors can ride on a boat for RM30-40/ head and experience an eagle feeding tour. As for the Khay Hor charcoal factory, the owner will bring you to tour around his factory and show you the traditional kilns that are used to turn the mangrove woods into charcoal.

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Some of the must-visits here include the Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve (largest mangrove reserve in Malaysia) and Khay Hor charcoal factory. At the Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve, visitors can ride on a boat for RM30-40/ head and experience an eagle feeding tour. As for the Khay Hor charcoal factory, the owner will bring you to tour around his factory and show you the traditional kilns that are used to turn the mangrove woods into charcoal.

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At night, visitors can catch a glimpse of the fireflies. There are also many other interesting attractions here like the Wonder Mushroom Farm, Hun Leng Heong Hang (a Chinese dragon joss stick workshop), “Port Weld” Railway Station Signboard and many more.

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At night, visitors can catch a glimpse of the fireflies. There are also many other interesting attractions here like the Wonder Mushroom Farm, Hun Leng Heong Hang (a Chinese dragon joss stick workshop), “Port Weld” Railway Station Signboard and many more.

Take some time to unwind from your hectic city life. Plan a trip to one of these 8 Malaysian kampungs so that you can experience a village life away from the city buzz. Do share this blog with your friends because who knows, they might need it!


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