For those in the know, we stayed homestay-style on our last trip to Alor Setar. I heard from the Tourism Director of Kedah that this type of lodging is very popular there. Most of the takers would be rombongan kahwin (like ours), ppl travelling to the borders and to Siam, and also those going to Langkawi. That explains why homestays have mushroomed in this state of late.
When booking was made, we didn't know that it is located right in the middle of a paddy field! We honestly didn't as booking was not made by us. So we were pleasantly surprised when we get there. Mr. Ako did conversed a couple of times with the owner of the place but it was mostly about how to get there and the facilities available in the house.
And we were pleasantly surprised again after being told that we were the first guests to occupy the place. It's brand new, so it's really very very clean :) It is quite simple inside with modest furnishings but it has the basic necessities like a fridge and electric kettle. We brought our own hotplate and frypan/saucepan so it was allright. There are 3 bedrooms altogether. One with a bunk bed, queen sized bottom and single sized top with a dresser. The second room has a queen sized bed with a dresser. The third had 2 single sized mattresses with an iron and ironing board. All bedlinens are provided. For us, since we were the first guests, the bedlinens are all brand new :)
As I said, the furnishings are basic but adequate. For us, it was quite comfortable because we weren't there for 5 star treatment. The location was a definite plus, as my boys had the chance to experience staying in a sawah padi, with a water canal lagi :) I like to expose the boys to different surroundings so they get to appreciate and learn about new things. Broaden their horizons and I hope to make them more flexible and knowledge-rich.
Look over there!
There was a nice breeze going, woohoo!
Here is the homestay area, there was a kenduri too by the owner to commemorate the opening of the homestay. Lucky us, siap dapat makan lauk kenduri lagi :)