Take a trip off the beaten track

For travellers looking for an off-the-beaten-track experience, Malaysia is the perfect destination.

Sarawak, located on Malaysian Borneo, is a land of colourful cultures boasting 27 ethnic groups. While the majority of the population live in a few large towns and cities, a significant percentage still live in longhouses and villages in the remote areas.

Travellers can venture to these longhouses in places like Skrang River, Lemanak River and Batang Ai, to meet with local natives. Here you’ll be greeted with local rice wine, entertained with traditional dances and cultural performances, and you’ll be able to watch the longhouse residents making traditional rattan mats, and handicrafts.

For a truly authentic cultural experience travellers can also try a traditional homestay experience. Malaysia homestay packages offer travellers the chance to live with a local family for as little as AUD $27 a day. Staying in a kampung (village), visitors discover the simple lifestyle in the country, learn about close-knit family relationships and enjoy sumptuous home-cooked food. 

Each homestay village has something unique to offer travellers and organises its own special activities for their guests such as jungle trekking, fishing, rubber tapping, fruit picking, handicraft-making or any activities that they regularly do as part of their daily routine.

For more information on the holiday options available in Malaysia visit: www.tourismmalaysia.com.au.