Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
1 - 7 Travellers
We’ll drive 3 hours from Kuala Lumpur to a traditional Semai village, where we’ll stay in huts built by the local people.
We’ll learn to weave accessories used for the Semai’s spiritual dances, fish in the nearby river, and practice shooting the traditional Semai hunting blowpipe. Meals will be a feast of indigenous dishes.
On day two, we’ll hike one to two hours into the rainforest to search for the rafflesia flower, one of the largest on earth. Finally, we’ll swim in the cold waters of a nearby secluded waterfall.
Day 1 - 9:00
Pickup at KL Sentral - Make our way to the local town of Gopeng, once known for tin mining. Helping local commerce with available sundry shops.
Day 1 - 13:00
Semai Village - Settle into our accommodations and have lunch (enjoy hearty indigenous meals prepared by our Semai friends)
Day 1 - 15:00
Native village activities - Learn how to weave, set animal traps & use a blowpipe with the Semai tribespeople.
Day 1 - 18:00
Have a swim at a nearby river and try out river fishing (depend on water level)
Day 1 - 19:30
Dinner and after, star gazing (if weather permits)
Day 2 - 9:00
Rafflesia flower and waterfall excursion - Hike in search for the world’s largest flower while visiting old settlements & learning about the surrounding jungles.
Day 2 - 12:00
Swim and chill at a secluded waterfall - Have a splash and swim in the cold waters of Damak Waterfall
Day 2 - 14:00
Return to village to shower, pack up & have lunch.
Day 2 - 15:00
Get ready to leave for KL Sentral
Vegetarian Food Available
Foods & Meal(s) are included during the trip. (Please note that alcohol is always excluded)
Public or private transportation fares : taxi, bts, mrt, etc are included (Please estimate the cost of gasoline or vehicle rental fee, in case of using a private car)
Admission fee: Amusement park, gallery, shows, and etc are included
Accommodation, Hotel, Motel and etc are included
Personal expenses (if want to purchase anything at nearest town)
Why this trip?
I first visited the village in late 2016 to meet with one of the leaders of their Eco-tourism initiative, which happens to be the tribe name of the natives here, the SEMAI people.
From personal experience and alike most of the indigenous people in Peninsular Malaysia, they are naturally shy people. But as we kept the friendship and built trust through a few concerted efforts of organizing trips here, they have slowly embraced us like family.
Our Semai friends have helped us achieve our goal of INSPIRING others to travel and adventure while EMPOWERING the local communities we work with!
I co-organize this with another Adventure Organizer, Jennyfer! She's of an even smaller native tribe originating from Borneo, the Kenyah people.
Things to prepare for the trip
1.) Sleeping Bag & Yoga Mat (if you have) for extra comfort
2.) Any donations or gifts you would like to give the Semai villagers (especially the kids)
3.) Share with them pictures of your city or native animals from your country (e.g in the form of stuffed animals or toys)
4.) Water bottle to refill drinks
5.) Wear shoes with pattern
6.) Swimming attire
7.) Container for your contacts or glasses
8.) Personal toileteries
9.) Flip flops/slippers
Kuala Lumpur Sentral, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
How to get there
We'll wait for you at McDonald's, KL Sentral Station, Ground Floor.
Please always keep your personal belongings with you while traveling for this experience