About sixty kilometres away from Kuching in the District of Serian is this quiet Malay village called Tebakang.
However, under its homestay programme where 19 homes participate in, the village could be teeming with tourists, particularly during Summertime in the West when most people would take a lengthy break.
You may wonder what occupies their time here. Well, they certainly have plenty to do every day, and I can bet that for most people who come here, it would be an eye-opening experience.
Top on the list would be a river cruise, along Sadong River. Using simple boats such as sampan or more modern motorboats, tourists would be led by their guide on a cruise which would then include jungle trekking, a BBQ meal by the riverside and a visit to a Bidayuh settlement down the stream. This is also a chance to savour some seasonal tropical fruits.
Water-adventure lovers could also indulge in a sport of bamboo rafting. As this venue plays host to the annual Rafting Challenge, usually in May, there are some 80 rafts here to cater to the needs of vacationers.
Those who are not as adventurous may opt for a sight-seeing trip to the village, where they can enjoy a change of scenery or participate in community games. And then of course, there would be cultural performances presented by villagers, be it dancing or poetry recital.
Bridal couples could also request to get married in a traditional Malay-style wedding, for a fee, of course.
This homestay programme at Kampung Melayu Tebakang can cater to 80 – 120 tourists concurrently.
Salni Bt. Razali (Manager)
Pathe Bin Abdul Rahman (Homestay Coordinator)
Pn. Masniah Misnan (Spa owner)
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