TERATAK 1 - Malay Farmers' Hut

Chalet - Entire home/apt · Jalan Kedawang, Langkawi, Kedah 07000, Malaysia

The Space

Situated 5 minutes by car to the popular & busy Cenang beach, Langkawi with it's white sandy beaches, many shops & restaurants to choose from and 15 minutes by car to the airport, TERATAK DAMAI Langkawi, a private home on 1.25 acres of land surrounded by padi fields & lush vegetation with views of the Mat Cincang mountain offers encounters with water buffaloes, open country & coastal birds and the elusive nocturnal Colugo or Flying Lemur for nature lovers.

The Malay word "Teratak" usually refers to a temporary dwelling in an orchard and "Damai" in malay means "Peace".

TERATAK 1, the 1st of our authentic Malay Farmers' wooden Hut on stilts, sleeps 2 to a room with space for 1 extra person on the open raised veranda.

This cosy (450sq ft) traditional Malay Farmers' Hut with full room amenities & free WiFi, is fan cooled, well ventilated with cool breeze blowing through bedroom windows requires no air-conditioning. Ideal for a romantic getaway or honeymoon, it is furnished with 2 super-single beds (which can be pushed together to create a king-sized bed), 1 hammock, a modern toilet, hot-shower, veranda with table & chairs for meals, electric kettle, toaster, fridge, coffee & tea.

Kedawang Supermarket & Cenang Supermarket where you can get your dry goods, Cemara Pharmacy Langkawi & a village Laundry are only 5-10 minutes away by bicycle.

For those wanting to try local food, there are many warungs or local eateries along Jalan Kedawang after the PETRONAS petrol station & Jalan Kuala Muda after Bon Ton.

There is also a Night Market every Tuesday night with a colourful assortment of local food & wares which is also 5-10 minutes away by bicycle along Jalan Kedawang.

Take a walk or cycle (we have 3 bicycles available) through the peaceful village roads, take part in the many nature activities available on the island, learn to play the guitar, have a massage or simply lay in bed, enjoy the breeze & allow the gentle coo of the wood pigeons to lull you to sleep.

Being a tropical island surrounded by untouched nature and the Geopark a UNESCO Heritage Site, geckos, mosquitoes and bugs are a fact of life on the island.

We aim to provide you with the time & space to de-stress, live a little life in an area where there's room to breathe & allow the natural surroundings to soothe your soul. TERATAK DAMAI Langkawi is a place of solitude and respite.

A mini lending library with a resource section of books & brochures on Malaysian & Langkawi flora & fauna, places of interest, history & culture is available at your disposal within the "Rumah Ibu" or Main House.

Our doors at the Rumah Ibu are open from 10am-7pm. Should you require information, help or assistance, you can always find me at the Rumah Ibu or somewhere on the grounds.

We offer complimentary airport or jetty transfer service upon your arrival and on your departure.

A complimentary Breakfast Basket of seasonal fresh fruit, 1 Loaf of bread, Kaya (a traditional jam made of palm sugar, coconut milk & eggs), 1/2 dozen eggs & 1st bottle of 1.5liter mineral water await upon your arrival.

How To Get To LANGKAWI From KUALA LUMPUR (Flight)
There are about 15 daily flights to Langkawi from Kuala Lumpur via 3 main airlines :- Malaysia Airlines (from KLIA), AirAsia (from LCCT near KLIA) & Firefly (from Subang Airport). You can check online for flights, prices & bookings.

How To Get To LANGKAWI From KUALA PERLIS (Passenger Ferry)
Ferry ride to Langkawi from Kuala Perlis takes 45 minutes @ RM18 per person one way.
FERRY SCHEDULE to LANGKAWI from KUALA PERLIS
7am, 8.15am, 9.30am, 10.45am, 12noon, 1.30pm, 3pm, 4.30pm, 6pm, 7pm (last ferry)

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
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Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Cat(s) and Other pet(s)

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  • I stayed at Marina's Malay hut for two nights with my mum. I really love her little piece of heaven on earth. It is a sanctuary from the busy-ness of town and i loved going back to it after a long day out and about in Langkawi.
    Marina picked us up from the airport. She told me beforehand to look out for the lady who has flowers in her hair and a big warm smile,and so it was easy to spot her :)
    Marina made our stay very comfortable and even took us on a tour around the island before she dropped me off at my next hotel (I was on the island to write hotel reviews). Her tour made my mum and I feel as if we had seen everything worth seeing and didn't have to do anymore touristy things for the rest of the stay.
    We went during drought season and found the heat quite uncomfortable (we are Malaysians and are supposed to be used to it but we are not!). So do be prepared for scorching heat.
    Also, for city dwellers who are so used to noise and entertainment, being in the village could be a harsh adjustment. I had entertainment through books and my smartphone to keep me from feeling the shock.
    I also would like to say that I had a terrible neck sprain for a week before my trip and during my stay at the Malay hut (maybe due to the fresh air and lotsa sleep) I healed almost completely. We also loved meeting the cats that lived there and miss them very much!
    If I were to go to this place again I would bring more people with me as it would be fun!
    This is a good place for couples who want quality time together or families with young children who could get to know about trees, and see a rooster, hen, turkey and learn about where eggs come from and other things city dwellers are not aware of. Well done Marina and Ruben for creating a gorgeous haven on earth!

    March 2014
  • My husband and I had a fantastic stay. Marina greeted us at the ferry and drove us to her little farm.

    The facilities were exactly as described. We enjoyed being away from all the hustle and bustle of the central beach area. My husband loved swinging in the hammock and reading.

    The location is only about 10 minutes by car to the beach area and many great places to eat. Marina gave us a tour of the area and pointed out her favorite places to eat.

    Marina was always available to give insight into the area and was very warm and friendly. She has a great laugh :-)

    Make sure you embrace the heat during your stay - there are fans but no air conditioning.

    March 2014
  • The farmhouse is a perfect location to visit Langkawi. Marina was so friendly she helped us to have a perfect holidayweek.
    Thank You Marina.

    March 2014
  • We had absolutely lovely stay in Teratak 1. Marina could not have been more welcoming and helpful. The hut was amazing, clean, comfortable and with everything we needed thought of. The \Island is just beautiful and, all round a wonderful place to visit. If it's a really laid back relaxing holiday that's needed, this is the place to go.

    March 2014
  • The best part of staying in Marinas house is Marina herself. She and her husband were very friendly and wanted to make sure that we are fine. It was rather like visiting family or friends. The farmers hut was in reality even better as seen on the pictures. It was cozy and comfortable equipped and one basket of fruits was also supplied by Marina. One does not need to be a afraid of Mosquitos since Marina took a lot of precautions so we did not have a single bite. In case you should feel ill, Marinas husband is a doctor and can help. Langkawi was a great experience for us. The people, the climate and the hospitality were overwhelming and we are sure to come back. Thank you Marina for the wonderful stay!

    February 2014
  • Well what can I tell you that others have not already said... it's all true! Marina and Ruben were truly wonderful hosts, the hut was fantastic and I loved being in a kampung with the sounds of chickens, birds and local life. I would highly reccommend Marina to anyone looking for a a proper homestay experience, where you are genuinely welcomed into someones home by hosts who would love to show you the island and all it has to offer. Marina took me to a night market and helped to explain the different foods and friuts to me, it was a wonderful experience.
    As everyone will have realised from previous reviews, Marina and Ruben are consumate hosts, so I thought I would mention some of the practical stuff.
    The accommodation is a little way out from the main drag. I thought it was a little bit too far to walk - especially in the heat. But you can borrow bikes and it is a gentle 10-15min flat cycle (I had n't been on a bicycle for decades, when bikes only had 3 gears!). Alternatively, there are always taxis in Cenang to take back.
    I stayed on Langkawi on my own (single, 50 year old woman) and never felt unsafe anywhere, I am used to living in the country and brought my torch I use at home when walking the dog. I was amazed that the village roads all had street lighting, so I did n't need to use my torch once, but if you are a townie, you may find the country in the dark unsettling - but it is not unsafe!
    The hut was fantastic, there is a huge shower with the softest towels, I imagine they would be great if you have a touch of sunburn. There is a huge fridge which I managed to fill with beautiful fresh tropical fruits. I loved having breakfast of fresh mangos and pineapple, toast and kaya on the verandah, mango juice running down my hands and arms!
    Internet access, if wanted, was fast and reliable while I was there.
    thank you so much Marina and Ruben for a wonderful time, I do hope I can come back and stay longer.

    February 2014
  • We have began our trip in Malaysia by Langkawi and with Marina : the best thing to do ! A very warm and helpfull welcome and stay : the first ex aequo with Rose Qimi cottage in Kapas.
    Start our trip sleeping in a real malaise home rather than in an hotel room made us begin the travel in the good terms.
    As the beaches do not have many interests (busy and a bit noisy...), it makes more sense to live in the quiet countryside; the small road that leads to Marina is a treat.

    February 2014
  • We loved our stay with marina and Ruben!
    Our hut was clean and beautiful, very cosy.
    Marina helped us everyway she could, and showed us all nice places to eat. She Also helped us rent a car, and made us and our daughter feel very welcome.
    The huts are in a traditional kampong wich is so nice and quiet.
    The sunsets are beautiful. You are just 10 minutes away from pantai chenang where you have lots of shops and beautiful beach.
    Malay farmers hut with marina is highly recommended!

    February 2014
  • Where to begin? Our stay at Marina and Ruben’s was one of the best, if not the best, stays of all our travels over the years (I think we have, cumulatively, been to 40 plus countries and who knows how many cities and hotels.) We never wanted to leave and would have happily just kept extending our stay indefinitely if we could have. It is that good. Enough said? Perhaps, but let’s keep going…

    Firstly, your stay at Teratak Damai cannot and should not be separated from the wonderful people that are hosting you. Marina and Ruben are interesting, inteliigent, insightful and generous people. Also, they speak perfect English (as I said to Marina, hers is actually much better than mine!). We had the opportunity to spend a bit of time with Marina and Ruben in a social sense and thoroughly enjoyed our time with them. Marina and Ruben were incredibly helpful, helping organise car hire, another hotel room one night between room change, picking us up and dropping us off at the the airport, plus other bits and pieces that popped up along the way …

    I could keep going but I will summarise: they went above and beyond and then above and beyond again. You could not hope for better people to meet on your travels, let alone have better people host you.

    Secondly, the rooms: we actually spent time in all three during our stay. Our favourite was perhaps Teratak 1, but we spent time in Damai 1 and Damai 2 as well and thoroughly enjoyed both of them. The rooms are open and airy and extremely comfortable. The bathrooms are superbly done. Each room opens out to its own patio, which you can open up into the general area and the beautiful garden or close up and have as much privacy as you’d like. The rooms - and the entire set up really - is perfect in that sense; you can choose to be as open or as closed as you would like, and Marina and Ruben respect that.

    Lastly, we were initially somewhat sceptical about the location given that it was not right near the beach, however, it turned out to be absolutely perfect. The property is located in the middle of a small village. It is quiet, it is beautiful and it is incredibly relaxing. If you have a car then it is ideal. If you don’t have a car or motorbike, you can still walk into town (which we did a number of times, sometimes grabbing a cab on the way) or hitch a ride with Marina or Ruben when they’re heading in. We didn't have a car most of the time and it was not an issue at all.

    We loved it and really hope that we get to return in the future (if they’ll have us!)

    February 2014
  • We stayed at Marina's Teratak hut for four days and had an absolutely lovely time. Marina was waiting for us at the airport when we landed, and led us seamlessly to her lovely home. She is an easygoing host, funny and approachable and entirely helpful. The hut had everything we needed and more. Despite the open air concept, there were no insect problems and security was not a concern. The hut is somewhat isolated in a small village and you have to remember the route so that you can direct a taxi back, but it's easy to figure out. Marina drove us many times out to the city and gave excellent recommendations for activities. Our experience with Marina and her family was one of intimate, thoughtful and gracious hospitality. My only caution would be that as two young women traveling alone, we did not feel comfortable walking from Pantai Cenang beach back to the Teratak (a 20 minute walk perhaps) at night as part of the way did not have a sidewalk, nor was very well lit. Thus we took taxis back each time.

    A wonderful experience, and highly recommended for travelers looking for a relaxing, easygoing stay.

    February 2014
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LOVE reading, gardening, wildlife, smell & sound of rain, open spaces, coffee, hammocks, wind in my face, travel, food & handmade craft. I'm quirky, down-to-earth & practical. Quick to laugh with a dry sense of humour. My husband Ruben the local drug dealer (he's a pharmacist) & I both suffered from burnout living in the city before moving to Langkawi (where we met) & making this our island paradise home. We are both Malaysians (of two different ethnic groups) who grew-up/studied/lived/worked in the UK & US (that's why one speaks with an American accent & the other a Yorkshire accent!). :D We live here with our 4 cats, 3 teenage children, 1 hen, 1 jungle rooster & 1 male turkey surrounded by padi fields, swaying coconut trees, water buffaloes & visiting migratory birds with the beach only 10 minutes by bicycle & 5 minutes by car away from our home. We welcome honest, sincere people who seek a little respite from the stresses of life & would like a taste of living in a quiet village environment surrounded by padi fields & a beautiful view of the Mat Cincang mountain. We live onsite and as a host we're available for help & enquiries but will give you plenty of privacy & space for you to relax & enjoy your holiday. As travellers, we love travel tips from the locals on local sights & experiences! We love to explore or just sit quietly & read a book, drink coffee, soak in the atmosphere of the place we are visiting, are quiet & independent.
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