Kurakura Homestay

Kurakura Homestay

Kampung Semadang Q325 Jalan Kampung Semadang, Kuching 93250 Malaysia
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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.
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southern cross wrote a review Feb 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My son and I spent 3 wonderful nights at Kurakura in mid-January. The mixture of Norse and local Bidayu culture had intrigued my attention. Lars, Liza, Liza's Aunt and the 2 girls are lovely and it was a delight to be part of their family. It was quite fascinating what they have achieved in the jungle and an evolving joy. Lars is a great host and source of local information. On the way there we went to an open market introducing us to all sorts of wondrous produce. We went kayaking down the river with a local outfit thoroughly enjoying ourselves. Lars guided us the following day on an amazing muddy walk through sinkholes, through a cave with bats, wading through streams, pointing out interesting native flora and fauna. The final day we visited Semenggoh (sadly orangutans were elsewhere) and Annah Rais longhouses (very interesting) before he dropped us back in Kuching. Yes Liza's cooking exceeded expectations and you fall asleep to a symphony of frogs and insects. Our introduction to Sarawak has only made us want to see more but Kurakura was the highlight. We hope to be back with the rest of the family. And get Lars to show you some of all the different gingers
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Juuni wrote a review Jan 2020
Tartu, Estonia
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If you are looking for a true jungle experience up the river, but do not want to travel for a long time, then this is one reason to visit the place. Others are 1) surrounding nature, sounds of the jungle (no air conditioner), refreshing swimming in the river, tropical thunderstorms. 2) delicious food including coffee, pepper, vegetables and fruits from backyard. 3) Liza and Lars are great hosts and great source of information about local nature and culture. Besides just enjoying the surrounding we did a jungle shopping walk with Liza for about two hours around the premises where she gave an insight to local botanical knowledge. We also visited the longhouse and Semenggoh and indeed, Lars is an excellent guide.
Absolutely recommended.
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Date of stay: February 2019
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Sascha B wrote a review Feb 2014
Munich, Germany
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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
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Date of stay: January 2014Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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bojanSG wrote a review Dec 2012
Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia
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Our family (children 8 and 6 years old) spent 3 wonderful days in a jungle with our hosts Lars, Liza and Fröya. It is difficult to find words for their place; they create something special to feel like it is your home too. There was no problem during our stay. Lars and Liza are trying to find your interests and also everyone’s physical capabilities to adjust activities in the jungle. We did a jungle shopping with Liza and it is a must, especially if you have children, but it was also fun for us adults. She had incredible knowledge about local flora and fauna. Also trekking through the jungle with Lars to the caves was so nice despite all the mud and my decaying shoes. But most we liked dinners with our hosts. We had long talks about everything till late in the evening and the food was just superb. Liza gave a magical touch to everything we ate and it was a best food we ate in whole Malaysia. Some of the ingredients and vegetables we saw for the first time, but it was just great. If you like fancy, sterile places then find some other place, but if you like warm people, nice nature and great food, than this is a place for you.
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Date of stay: November 2012
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Benkeiuk wrote a review Apr 2012
London, United Kingdom
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Many many thanks to Lars and Liza!

Myself and my girlfriend spent 2 nights here in March and could have spent much longer.
It's one of the nicest places I've ever been and will be hard to top.

Lars has done an excellent job building a perfect house in a perfect location away from the noise and madness of the cities and Liza cooked some of the nicest food I ate on my 2 weeks around Malaysia (I still want to get the recipe for that DELICIOUS pickle you made! the one with the Daikon/icicle radish.. absolutely delicious!)

I'm a bit of a nature obsessive so this was an amazing place to sit and witch the sun go down, listening to the various birds, frogs and insects singing away.
Our praying mantis and scorpion close encounters were great and watching Liza and Phillis (Liza's cousin) chasing around in the dark like excited kids trying to catch a giant butterfly was lovely. Apparently they'd only seen this type of butterfly once before. It was a GIANT!

I envy Froya growing up here, it would have been a deem come true for me when I was a kid!

It's absolutely worth doing the Kayaking, we did it on arrival with John and Gill, who had been staying a night already before us. Our first experience of the jungle was a few hours kayaking down the river and was the perfect way to relax into the next couple of days after a week or so in KL and Penang.

Also definitely worth going to the Semengoh Orang Utan sanctuary. We were really lucky and saw more than 10 individuals including the younger ones and the big daddy.

If I find myself back in Borneo (and I'm almost planning it already..) I would definitely go back to Kurakura home stay. You couldn't ask for better hosts or even nicer people.
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Date of stay: March 2012
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: I gave Swimming Pool an excellent because you can swim in the river! The water is lovely and...
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TeamCahill wrote a review Sept 2011
Sydney, Australia
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Before we even arrived in Malaysia, the communication with Lars and Liza (Hosts of Kurakura Homestay) was warm and welcoming. Their enthusiasm for our stay was as great as ours, and the information they shared beforehand had me well prepared.

When Lars picked us up from our guesthouse, he instantly had our young boys at ease. Friendly conversation all the way to Kurakura was only ever broken up by a visit to the markets, and a very patient stop for ice-cream.

A car only takes you so far into the jungle. The final leg of the journey is in a long boat from Liza's home village up river to Kurakura, taking about half an hour. Every minute of that half hour is beautiful scenery and some journeys can be filled with animals, such as monitor lizards and eagles. Arriving at Kurakura your last steps are up a steep embankment, so pack appropriately. When Lars tells you to put on sandals / thongs listen, some parts can be muddy.

Though this is a remote part of the jungle Kurakura is solar powered and catches rain water, thus your stay will be comfortable. Speaking of comfortable, the cabins are simple but perfectly suited to the environment. We had two rooms, one with double bed bunks and the other with single bunks and were very comfortable. Mosquito nets were supplied but we had little problems with mosquitos during our stay.

Food, oh the food. Liza is a whizz in the kitchen and an impromptu lesson in Malaysian cooking can be had just by watching her. We were never wanting for food and meal times were a great time to kick back and enjoy good conversation over a great meal. Liza was also happy to accommodate to taste and dietary needs.

We had rain even during the dry season, however the weather did not dampen our activities. In fact the rain we had seemed to fall at convenient times of the day. Speaking of activities, our highlight was a trek to a cave up river containing, bats, giant millipedes, toads, geckos, and fish. You walk through the cave and come out the other side of the mountain to a idyllic stream on the other side. This trek was done with a 2 and a half year old carried in backpack for the whole journey. The 5 year old held his own well with Lars being very supportive of him along the way. Lars is very knowledgable of the jungle and pointed out many things along the walk as well as the cave.

Leaving the homestay was like leaving kindred spirits, this stay is definitely the highlight of our trip so far.
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Date of stay: September 2011
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Lisa1973 wrote a review Jul 2015
Cheshire, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is the second time that I have visited Lars and Liza.
It is in a really stunning setting, which is just so peaceful. I am really grateful for them allowing me to stay with them once again. They have a lovely home and a lovely family. Their hospitality is wonderful. Liza, once again cooked some amazing food.
Keep up the good work and good luck for the future. It really does make you appreciate that it is the simple things in life that make you happy. Often we are too greedy as a nation and this really makes you sit up and think more about what life is actually about.
Heat was a bit of an issue and struggled with no fan/air conditioning.
Wonderful wonderful. Hope to see you again sometime. Thanks for the pepper and please remember if you visit the UK then get in touch for a meet up.
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Date of stay: July 2015
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jesper N wrote a review Jul 2014
Odense, Denmark
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I am writing this review after a 24 day vacation on Malaysian Borneo with my wife, where we visited some of Lonely Planets "Top Choice"s and Tripadvisor high-scorers in Santubong, Kuching, Miri, Mulu, KK and Kota Belud. And there is no doubt in our minds, our 4D/3N with Lars and Liza was the best and most complete experience.

It is hard to put into words what it is that makes KuraKura so special.

As a starting point, one could look at what you actually pay for, meaning the things you are "promised" with a 3D/2N stay: L&L's beautiful house literally in the middle of the rainforest, fascinating jungle shopping with Liza, amazing trekking and caving trip with Lars and last, but most certainly not least, Liza's amazing cooking. These things alone are easily worth the price of a stay at KuraKura.

Further, all of the other things that you would expect from an accommodation like this are also fulfilled: the rooms and the common areas are clean and well-maintained, there is free drinking water, you can buy beer and wine at a reasonable price, and you can have privacy if you want it, but you will probably prefer the pleasant company of the other guests and Lars, Liza and their adorable daughter Freya.

But in addition to these things, you also get something "extra", that we at least did not expect. Again, it's hard to describe, but should I choose one word, it would probably be "authentic". Not "authentic" in a cliché, "hunting-with-spears-cooking-over-fire-sleeping-in-trees"-sense. But "authentic" in the sense that a stay with Lars and Liza leaves you with an impression of actually having gotten a glimpse of what it is like to live in a perfect balance of the old traditions of the Bornean indigenous people and today's modern way of life. Liza was born and raised in a village just up the river, and the couples' house is built on her grandfathers old land. Most of Liza's cooking is based on old Bidayuh recipes and many of the ingredients are found in their "garden" and/or the surrounding forest and river. Lars, who was born and raised in Norway, also seems to have adopted the locals way of life, of corse with a twist of westernized technology and comfort. As just one of many examples, one could mention that the house's supply of water comes directly from the springs of a nearby mountain, but the drinking water is filtered with a modern charcoal filter. For us, this sense of "modern authenticity" is what separates KuraKura from the other great homestays and lodges in both Sabah and Sarawak.

We give our warmest recommendations of KuraKura and hope to be back again as soon as possible!
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Date of stay: July 2014Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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hammieoud-beijerland wrote a review Aug 2012
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Staying at Kurakura with Lisa, Lars and Freya is an experience we will never forget. Lars picked us (3 generation women: me, my mother and my daughter) up from the airport and the first stop was a colorfull wet market which was fun to visit. The journey by car and boat is very special and we were lucky the river was high enough. The rooms are small but clean and the western toilet is just arround the corner and very clean. The jungle bukit "shower" is fun and fits well in the environment. My daughter did worry about bugs and other crawling creatures but it was not a problem at all (we had more problems with mosquitos in Kunching). Like every other visitor we also loved the food Lisa prepared! Their daughter Freya (who looks like Dora) is a sweathearth and we had fun with her at the dinertable, which was cozy with the candles and the fireflies. The next day we went for swimming at a beautiful waterfall and we also visited the Semenggoh Wildlife Center with Lars which was a very funny and awesome experience. Lars saw movement in the trees way before anyone else and that's why we had the best spot to watch them coming from the jungle to the platform. We had a great time, a time to remember for the rest of our lives.
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Date of stay: July 2012
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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JagertheNetherlands wrote a review Sept 2011
the Netherlands
5.0 of 5 bubbles
a home stay we will never forget.
Lars picked us up at the airport. from there we visited the local market and eat breakfast in a nearby restaurant, the best local food at clean food stalls. "kolo mie" it is called
We arrived in 'the village" and we were told to put repellant on, so we did.
We went by boat (2 pieces, one for me and our luggage, and 1 for my husband and our 2 children (4 and 6) for 30 min, and the surrounding was beautiful.
We walked to the home and got a welcome drink.
We could see the garden (they grow pepper, pineapple, bananas, durian) and we could take a bath in the river (even I did my laundry in that river).
We experienced the worst thunderstorm ever!! but there was enough water to 'shower"; take a "mandibak".
look at the photos and GO!
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Date of stay: August 2011
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: normal rooms, small but okay, no klamboo
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Answer from Lars/Liza
Kuching, Malaysia
Hi Thank you Simon for your answers. It is as correct as we would have answered :-) 3) A 2 nights stay( 2 nights minimum) costs rm 275 per person, includes all meals and transfer. Then you can add on the different activities as you wish :-) Kind regards Team KuraKura
Gabriel P wrote a tip Nov 2014
Perth, Australia19 contributions6 helpful votes
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"Book the three nights package instead of the two nights, to give you more time to enjoy what that place and the hosts have to offer."
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LailaFanebust wrote a tip Aug 2014
Melbourne, Australia47 contributions45 helpful votes
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"Only 4 rooms, all basic but good"
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AldeCoole wrote a tip Jul 2014
Utrecht, The Netherlands278 contributions72 helpful votes
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"Stay at least three nights!"
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pumpkinIzmir wrote a tip Oct 2013
Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany224 contributions100 helpful votes
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"Just be aware there is no a/c or fans in the rooms at night. It can also be quite noisy - the jungle never sleeps!!"
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sadiecool99 wrote a tip Sept 2012
scotland73 contributions45 helpful votes
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"Remember the repellent thick socks and walking shoes"
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