It’s actually a perfect getaway from all the best things to do in Penang and it sits in less than an hour from the mouthwatering food of Taping, its Taiping Lake Gardens and fantastic Bukit Larut Hill Station.
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Kuala Kurau is also pretty similar to the much better-known mangrove sanctuary and fishing village of Kuala Sepetang, but we prefer it because it gets far less tourism — at least for now.
But where to stay once in Kuala Kurau?
This article is a review of our own stay at Kurau Inn Farmstay, one of the best among the few accommodation options in Kuala Kurau. Set in the countryside just a few hundred meters north of Jalan Pantai, the town’s main thoroughfare, Kurau Inn Farmstay is a Malay home set next to hectares of wide open paddy fields that, when we visited in December, were a shimmering sea of green.
If you are looking for a quaint and peaceful place to stay, one that caters perfectly to both families, couples on a romantic getaway, and even large groups traveling together, then Kurau Inn Farmstay is an option you should really consider.
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Kurau Inn Farmstay: What you Should Expect
Tucked between a large expanse of viridian paddy fields where migratory birds fly and frogs sing through the day and the night, Kurau Inn Farmstay is one of a kind eco-friendly accommodation in Northern Malaysia, as it is based on the model of Italian agriturismo.
This said, you won’t find horses trotting and cattle grazing here, but a nicely arranged Malay home with a backyard garden and a small swimming pool to soak in during the hottest days. You may pluck a fresh mango straight from the tree, or collect fresh pegaga leaves from the garden, and make your own cooling drink with a dash of local calamansi.
Rooms are of a very high standard, and given that they cater to larger groups of people, are also very good value for their price. Read on for a detailed description.
Kurau Inn Farmstay’s Room Overview
You’ll feel at home in a modern Malay countryside house at Kurau Inn Farmstay. All rooms are large and designed to accommodate more than two people — ours, for example, had two double beds in it, a dining table and a writing desk, a small kitchenette equipped with kettle and microwave, and there was also plenty of anteroom space and a couch to lounge on.
The beds are also definitely of a very high standard. Mattresses are super comfortable, and the feather pillows add a classy touch. I slept like a king, helped of course by the quiet of the surroundings — a lullaby of insect sounds.
The bathrooms are equipped with rain showers and also buckets to store water — choose whatever mandi style you prefer.
When we visited, the owners were also about to start renting out a smaller Rumah Kayu (a traditional Malay wooden house). That’s a very attractive place to stay for couples on a romantic holiday.
Eating at Kurau Inn Farmstay: Incredible Homemade Cucur Udang
Kurau Inn Farmstay doesn’t serve lunch or dinner directly, but you can order from the menu of a nearby Malay restaurant that’s very modestly priced (dishes start at RM5/6) and doesn’t charge for delivery.
One thing that they do at the Inn, though, is preparing some zesty homemade cucur udang (traditional Malay prawn fritters, a Kuala Kurau specialty) that’s really, really good. The first reason is because of the local prawns: they are always fresh from the sea, as big as fingers, juicy and scrumptious. Unlike the cucur udang you can get at many places around town, Kurau Inn’s is “king size” — meaning you won’t just get some tiny chopped pieces of prawn mixed with the fried batter, but one WHOLE tiger prawn set on top of every piece of cracker.
Considering that they sell 4 pieces for RM10, this is considered an awesome seafood snack deal. Remember that it is made to order, so contact Kurau Inn Farmstay before coming.