I stayed in Adrian's bungalow for 4 nights with a friend and then stayed on after she went home.
Adrian and his family are generous, good humoured and friendly hosts. They went out of their way to make sure we got the best out of Kuching without having to go through the tour companies. Being guided by locals with inside knowledge (and foodie tips) was so much better than a one size fits all package deal and a lot less damaging to my bank balance. Staying 40 mins drive out of town was not an issue as there was always somebody needing to go somewhere and it was easy to just jump in the car and go along for the ride. Perhaps to see Orangutans, or Proboscis monkeys at Bako or just to wander around town.
This is a working farm homestay and not a resort so come with realistic expectations and you will have a fantastic time in Kuching.
The bungalow was regularly cleaned and serviced, with food restocked and clothes collected for washing as often as needed. Adrian's bungalow is open to the insects. Mosquito nets and coils are provided. There is no air conditioning but the fans were perfectly adequate.
Meals were either delivered to the bungalow set down by the river or at the main table with the family +/- other guests. There was a selection of popular books, dvd's and a comfy hammock on the deck for taking it easy. Plenty of time was spent here just unwinding as my holiday drew to a close, while other days were packed wth activities.
Don't expect a quiet night of sleep though. This is a working farm with turkeys, roosters, geese, etc.
The longhouse is charmingly fitted out and I was fortunate enough to be there for a blessing ceremony.
The other guests who came through were all social and it was great to meet people with similar interests from different backgrounds, especially when I reverted to a solo guest.
It is worth visiting the orangutans on multiple days as each day is different.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Kebun was started 12 years ago as our plan for a retirement home in Sarawak, East Malaysia. Adrian’s Bungalow was put up after being disassembled from the movie set of The Sleeping Dictionery. Olivia’s was only put up only two years later when it was taken out of storage which was also disassembled from the same movie set. The farmstay side of the business only started in April 2010 after much encouragement from friends.The Kebun is not just accommodation, it is an experience. If you would like to get a taste for the basics of a simple lifestyle in a beautiful tropical setting, which is of fresh gardens of organic herbs & vegetables, picking your own tropical fruits, dining on fresh farm raised livestock, fishing for your own freshwater fish & simple accommodation with little impact to the environment, or even to help out with feeding all of the animals at the end of the day’s activities and again in the morning, then your are up for a unique Sarawakian adventure at The Kebun. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Kebun Kuching, Sarawak