Explore KL like a local with Airbnb

  

Explore KL like a local with Airbnb

Airbnb, the world's leading community-driven hospitality company, has launched “experiences” - a wide variety of tours and events - in Kuala Lumpur. With over 40 handcrafted insider's Experiences courtesy of Airbnb, you can discover this Malaysian city through the eyes of local hosts.

This initiative stems from Malaysia's growing popularity as a global destination, with 137% growth year over year. With this new launch, Kuala Lumpur becomes the first city in Malaysia where Airbnb is not only a platform for home sharing but also offers tours and activities orchestrated by locals to ensure that travellers have the option to see areas and places they wouldn't otherwise know about. Although this programme might be a novelty in Malaysia, there are 60 other destinations around the world where Airbnb's Experiences are already in motion.
Experiences in the Malaysian city is not only designed to make it easier for entrepreneurial locals to share their interests with people from around the world, but it also allows Malaysians to give back to the community by hosting Social Impact Experiences. As Airbnb waives all fees, the entirety of the funds collected from guests goes to whichever charitable organisation the local host picks. Some of this charities include Dapur Jalanan - a soup kitchen that feeds the homeless.
“Travellers are seeking alternative adventures, whether they are travelling alone or with groups of friends or family,” explained Sriram Vaidhya, Head of Trips of Southeast Asia and India at Airbnb. “As well as seeking unique accommodation options, there is the desire among travellers to enjoy their destination through the eyes of a local. Our greatest assets are time and potential and Experiences is a way to unlock that.”
Here are some of the Experiences Airbnb has crafted to maximise your trip as a local:
Waterfall Hiking Day Trip:
This is one of the top-rated experiences Airbnb experiences in Kuala Lumpur. For budget-friendly price, you can join local host Thomas on a day trip to discover one of the city's top attractions. Escape the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur and trek through clear mixed terrain to get to the sheltered summit at 600 meters where you will get to see three beautiful vertical waterfalls. The trek takes place just outside the city in Maya Falls, locally known as Lata Medang. There you'll ascend through trails surrounded with scenic greenery pathway and descend back through the same trail.
From Garden to Skin - Soap Making
Another top activity is this wellness workshop. Local host Yoke King will teach you all there is know about soap making in their yellow cabin, a scrapped shipping container converted into a cosy workspace that leads to a herb garden in the backyard. The workshop will start with a detailed step by step coaching paired with demonstration and hands-on practice for cold process soap making using herbs from their garden.
Live a day as a local Batik painter
With over 15 years of experience in the industry, Local host Colin has amassed a wealth of knowledge concerning the heritage of Malaysia and the history and process of making batik. If you are looking for guidance to create your own masterpiece, he is the right person to assist you. Indeed, during the workshop, his team will guide you to sketch your own design, draw hot wax with a traditional tool and paint dye on the fabric to create your original batik masterpiece.
Magical Kampung Bahru
Born and bred in Kampung Baru - the last Malay enclave in central Kuala Lumpur - Fuad has always been eager to showcase his village to travellers from around the world. Join Feud on a trip to explore Kampung Bahru, learn more about living within the community and the history of the village. Soak in the local culture while sampling delicious local good specialities like nasi lemak, pisang, goreng and karipap.
Documenting Kuala - Untold Narratives
Discover Kuala Lumpur through the eyes of a local photographer, Farhan Iqbal, who has spent numerous hours photographing and documenting the streets. Founder and lead photographer of an initiative called ‘Project Documenting Kuala,' Farhan Iqbal will show you the many unseen aspects of the city while telling you many unheard narratives and secrets of Kuala Lumpur.
Apart from giving you a guided tour of the city, this expert photographer will share some photography tips with you and even take pictures of you.

 

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