Teluk Ketapang, a beach side community in Kuala Terengganu, offers one of the largest and best homestay programmes in the state of Terengganu. As homestays become more popular among tourists, home owners are more willing to open their homes to guests, not only for additional income, but also to expand their social circle.
Unlike hotels, motels and rest houses, the concept of homestay is where the guest lives with the host under the same roof. While the host is ever willing to lend a hand to make the guest as comfortable as possible, it is up to the guest to decide how much time he or she wants to spend with the host family.
There are many reasons why tourists would prefer homestay over more conventional accommodation. In fact, with a good host family, one would be exposed to more local attractions than one would if travelling alone. Besides, putting up at a homestay is way cheaper than a hotel, especially if travelling in a group.
Granted, those who opt for homestay programmes are mainly foreign tourists and that’s because they relish the opportunity to live like a local. As meals are usually also provided, they would also be eating like a local.
In Teluk Ketapang, some host mothers are working women, so it’s up to guests to select which family to put up with and how much “alone time” they prefer.
The photos that I am sharing with you today are from one of the more modern homes available in Teluk Ketapang. There are, of course, more traditional homes that you would expect from a village.
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