Opening your room window when you wake up from your slumber in the morning, you are greeted by vast acres of paddy fields as far as your eyes could see.
This is a typical “view from a room” at Dorani Homestay for vacationers seeking a village holiday. Haji Dorani Homestay is located by Sungai Dorani / Sungai Besar in Sabak Bernam.
In this scenic environment, villagers who are enrolled in the homestay programme have opened up their homes to guests who are looking for a different, more relaxed, vacation.
Therefore, a number of packages have been drawn up, offering not only accommodation but also meals alongside host families as well as village activities from eel-fishing to making coconut leaf trumpets.
During our visit, my friends and I had the privilege to learn more about Kuda Kepang, where dancers “ride” the flat horse, representing horsemen.
As this is a traditional Javanese dance with strong links to spirit possession, many of the dancers seemed to be in a trance. However, in modern day the Kuda Kepang dance is presented as a form of cultural entertainment.
Depending on the length of your stay at Dorani and the season, you get to participate in many local pastimes, including flying the wau (kite) and harvesting of paddy.
To get the best paddy scenery, I suggest to stay during the months of June and December, prior to harvesting of the crop.
Most of the villagers in Sabak Bernam are of Javanese descent. These hosts are very friendly and try to make their guests’ stay as comfortable as possible, despite the lack of modern city amenities.
I have to reiterate that homestays are not for everyone as one needs to be smart to adapt to an unfamiliar environment. Nonetheless, there is no harm trying just for one time, right?
Website: Dorani Homestay
Add: Parit 1, Sungai Haji Dorani, 45300 Sungai Besar, Selangor.
Tel: +6013-607 7025 (Abdul Rahman Daud)
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