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Kurakura Homestay
Ranked #8 of 82 Kuching B&B and Inns
Zwolle, The Netherlands
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21 reviews
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“The highlight of our holidays”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2014

Our stay at KuraKura Homestay was the highlight of our 4 weeks holidays in Malaysia. We stayed 2 nights ( 3 days) with our 2 adult sons and enjoyed every minute. Lars picked us up at our hotel in Kuching and drove us to the market to do some shopping. The homestay can only be reached by boat and 2 boats were waiting for us. As the waterlevel was very low we had to walk sometimes while Lars towed the boat further.
The homestay is simple but very clean. There are 2 double rooms and 2 singles and a shared toilet and shared shower which probably nobody will use as taking a bath in the river is a fantastic experience. The toilet is the cleanest one I have seen in Asia and shows that Liza and Lars have lived in Norway.

My eldest son and I went jungle trekking with Lars while my wife and youngest son went jungle-shopping with Liza. Picking up wild plants in the jungle which are used for dinner. The jungle trekking was fantastic. The tracks are made by Lars and sometimes you have to wade through the water. Lars is Norwegin and Liza comes from a nearby village but has lived quite some years in Norway.She is a fantastic cook and the meals shared with the family on the terrace are great. Breakfast is better than in most hotels in Malaysia. I certainly will recommend this homestay to everybody. A stay there will give you an unforgetable experience. And on your way back to Kuching, stop a the Orang Utang rehabilitation centre. If you are lucky you will experience these endangered animals from close by.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2014

This was a great way to spend a few days surrounded by jungle. Lisa is a great cook and there was always plenty of great, freshly cooked food. She also took us walking through the jungle to pick vegetables and herbs for dinner, also pointing out many other plants and their medicinal properties.

The house is nice with broad verandahs. There are chairs and a dining table outside, and nice views all around. Guest rooms are simple but comfortable. It's pleasant to sleep at night with the windows open and the jungle sounds outside. Mosquito nets are provided.

While we were there we couldn't swim in the river as there was heavy rain (it is a rain forest, after all) and it flooded. We were able to go kayaking the next day which was great fun (it's an easy, fairly flat river so suitable for kids) and visited the Semenggoh Nature Reserve where we saw the orangutans.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2014 via mobile

Great experience, beautifull house in The jungle. Jungle trek with Lars and jungle shopping with Lisa is Great. If you dont feel like taking a shower in morning, just jump in The river. Make sure To take appropriate clothing. Slippers To walk in water and long pants if going in jungle

Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Hamburg, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2014 via mobile

Looking back at our around the world trip: Kurakura definitely was one of our highlights. When we made a reservation some months before we arrived we were advised that early Jan is still rainy season. Well, in the rainforest we usually expect (some) rain so we went. And we had quite a lot of rain indeed! Which became part of the experience, though: Expect a flooded river, muddy paths and instantly wet cloth with little opportunity to dry in the high humidity of the forest. But also expect a clean and dry homestay in the middle of the wild, exciting trekking (despite the rain), great family food and always a real hearty atmosphere.
Location: The homestay is located in the forest, miles apart from the next village, and can be reached only by boat. After some heavy rain the shores of the river get really muddy - we had quite a slide down! We were rewarded by a wonderfully calm spot, a garden in the middle of the jungle, with pineapple bushes and jackfruit trees growing all around. The house is nicely laid out on wooden stems, with a large terrace and an open kitchen.
Accommodation: The rooms are small and basic but very neat and nice. As you can't really close the windows they all provide mosquito nets - important not only because of the mosquitos! We also had an encounter with a scorpion on the terrace. But Lars and Liza do their best to keep insects off the rooms, and the cats help a lot. Bathrooms are shared which for us was no problem. And, don't expect a warm shower after the cold rain! Rainwater from a bucket is what there is. Without much surprise electricity is limited (they have own PV solar modules) and WiFi or mobile network are not available. Instead, the terrace is a great space to sit and relax and have a chat with Lars, Liza and the other guests.
Food: Simply amazing! Liza is a terrific cook, providing huge plates for every meal. We got seafood and chicken from the market as well as fruits and herbs directly from the jungle like fern, bananas etc.
Activities: A 1-2h tour around the garden and forest near the house called "shopping in the jungle" offered by Liza, a 5h jungle trekking trip organized and led by Lars, a half-day Kayaking tour on the adjacent river organized by a third party (we didn't do due to the rain) and 1h stopover at the Semmegoh Orang-Utan centre (on the way back to Kutching) are all great and are a major reason to come.
Pricing: Maintaining the homestay and offering plenty of super fresh food "in the wild" isn't easy nor cheap. Accordingly the offered packages are quite costly. But to be clear: the pricing seems not to be based on local cost, but rather the buying power of the attracted western tourists: In total we spend ca. EUR 250 for our 2 pax 3 day 2 nights package. Even though this includes all transport, meals, activities and the room, for a not really luxurious facility in the middle of nowhere in Borneo this is still quite substantial.
Recommendation: So if you decide to spend the money for a unique experience, if you are flexible time wise and if you are looking for a higher probability of less rain: go, ideally in the dry season (June to August). For this period book early and still be prepared for some rain. Otherwise it would not be a rainforest...
Inge & Sascha, Germany

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Victoria, Malta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2014 via mobile

Lars and Lisa were wonderful hosts. Lisa is a fantastic cook, with ingredients from the surrounding jungle garden. Lars is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the surrounding jungle and treks. We had a wonderful picnic lunch after coming through a cave in an wonderful tranquil setting. The rooms are very clean. You go for the whole experience. Although we were there during the rainy season, Lisa and Lars took time to make sure we were comfortable. If you would like to experience unchanged Borneo this is a must, highly recommend it.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2013

We'd read great things about this homestay in the jungle and our expectations were exceeded.

If you're expecting to stay clean and dry, perhaps this isn't the trip for you (at least not in the wet season, when we went). However, the house itself is clean and dry, and the rooms comfortable but minimalistic.

The highlights for us were of course the location, the hosts, and the food.

Unfortunately, Liza was unwell so we were unable to do the "Jungle shopping" tour, but we did a hike with Lars through the jungle and two caves. My wife was a bit apprehensive of the more difficult cave to start with (it required a bit of a climb and a few squeezes through gaps) but she persisted and was rewarded with a stunning and massive cave. We were also able to sample wild fruits eg durian.

The food was amazing. Each night Liza would cook 4-5 dishes using primarily local ingredients sourced from the village, and tell stories from her life growing up in the bidayuh village.

The location, a house (built by Lars & Liza) on a hill surrounded by gardens and jungle, only accessible via boat, is of course the main reason people come to stay.

A totally unique and memorable experience. We'd love to go back one day.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2013

took the 3 days 2 nights package in Nov with Lars and Lisa,
I was the only guest during the stay with the great famly
I really enjoyed the peaceful and natural environment away from the bustling city and tourist resort.
Liza is a wonderful cook, I just can't help missing the Kamponak (durian paste) she prepared with the durian we found when jungle shopping. She also invited me to bath in the river, really regretted not having learned to swimming better...
I love the jungle trekking with Lars, he knew the jungle like his back garden and showed me every little secret he found out during numerous previous explorations. You could tell that he enjoyed trekking more than his guest, it's kind of touching when you have a guide like this.

Kuching itself is a charming city with its rich cultural and natural heritage. Do check out the Chinese heritage museum when you are there. The history of Chinese in Sarawak are very well presented. BTW all the museums in Kuching are free of charge.

And if I'm coming back one day, I will definitely save some time for Kurakura.

Genuine thanks to Lars and Liza.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Kurakura Homestay
Address: Kampung Semadang | Q325 Jalan Kampung Semadang, Kuching 93250, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sarawak > Kuching
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 82 B&Bs / Inns in Kuching
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kurakura Jungle Homestay is a place to explore the wildlife surrounding and to escape from the city stress. You'll find us next to the Sarawak river, a paradise surrounded by the rainforest of Borneo. ... more   less 
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Kurakura Homestay Hotel Kuching

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