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29 May, 2016 13:42 MYT

Homestay Pulau Betong

Pulau Betong derived its name from a raft-like transportation known as rakit. Made from bamboos, these rafts were a very popular mode of sea transportation that was used primarily to carry goods to and from various destinations since ancient times.

If traditional living is your cup of tea, a visit to the Pulau Betong homestay is a must. With 13 houses in the homestay program, this place offers a spectrum of activities that will take you back to the beauty of simple living. For example there are nature lovers sightseeing activities such as visits to paddy fields, banana plantations, vegetable gardens and nutmeg trees. A host of fruit farms also dominate the place with selections such as durians, rambutans, mangosteens and jackfruits. Longans are another fruit that grows seasonally usually in the month of May till July. Enjoy whilst learn about these various plants and fruits and you’ll be amazed of its value and rich properties.

Majority of the locals are fishermen of Malay and Chinese origin. Hence when you are here, you can buy fresh seafood products and cook some delicious meals. To get a feel of the traditional leisure activities of Pulau Betong, indulge in games like congkak, batu seremban (also known as batu tujuh in northern dialect) or sepak takraw – they would probably be something you’ve never tried before. However, if you are the more adventurous sort, try mountain hiking for its sure to get your adrenaline rushing. For those of the arty types, try your hands at cloth weaving or batik painting – that’s a definite boost for your creativity.

The traditional spirit in Pulau Betong does not confine in the activities; in fact it spills over even to the delicacies. Homemade traditional delights such as jeruk (pickles), keropok lekor, kuih bahulu are some of the many foods that surely tantalize your taste buds.

Pulau Betong Homestay is truly something that you wouldn’t want to miss. It’s sure unravel the aesthetics of nature and traditions that we are so deprived of today. Come experience it! Source : MOTOUR PENANG

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