A major money-spinner for Kampung Sungai Sireh Homestay is its agro-tourism products. This homestay programme is participated by homes that span five neighbouring villages. They are Kampung Sungai Sireh, Kampung Ampangan, Kampung Parit Dua Sungai Burung, Kampung Seri Gambut and Kampung Sawah Sempadan.
Located at Pekan Tanjung Karang in the District of Kuala Selangor, I was told that its scenic paddy fields have been the backdrop of many a local Malay drama and movie. “Sepet” is one such movie that comes to mind.
All together, there are almost thirty families participating in this homestay programme, and they open their homes to strangers as and when there is a request.
From my recent visit and stay, I would say that a kampung (village) lifestyle is an experience that not many of us can get used to.
Homes come in three grades, from top grade to third grade. Therefore, I would advise potential guests to explicitly state their requirements when booking a home.
For example, some homes may come well-equipped with hot shower, satellite TV and WiFi internet connection. These are the amenities that we city folks have gotten so used to that they are taken for granted.
On the other hand, some homes, especially the third grade ones, are not as comfortable. During peak seasons, it’s quite possible that the only homes available are these lower end ones. Therefore, the trick to getting a better home is to book early and to state your preferences.
The physical aspects of homes aside, most village folks, mainly of Malay and Javanese descent, are exceptionally friendly, to the point of being nosy. They have no qualms asking about your age, marital status, and how many children you have, if any.
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