Balik kampung excitement is in the air with Raya upon us! With Malaysians all over the country looking forward to reuniting with their loved ones – why not amp up the celebrations by planning an unforgettable festive getaway?

Family travel has been rapidly gaining momentum as travel returns to pre-pandemic levels. Group travel in Malaysia jumped 180 percent on Airbnb last year up from the year prior, and family travel on the platform increased by 60 percent globally compared to 2019 pre- pandemic. This Ramadan, Airbnb has seen almost 600 percent growth in searches for travel accommodation in Malaysia. Top searched cities for the festive season include Kota Kinabalu, Johor Bahru, Georgetown, Kuching, and Alor Setar.

Amanpreet Bajaj, Airbnb’s General Manager for Southeast Asia, India, Hong Kong and Taiwan, said guests are seeking stays with more space and value when it comes to family-friendly stays. He shared, “Many families are booking Airbnb listings because of their large spaces great for gatherings, household amenities such as a kitchen and washing machine, and the option to live altogether as a family during this festive period. Among Malaysia’s top-booked Categories for family travel last year in Malaysia include Tropical, Amazing Pools, Beach and National Parks.”

Read on for more family-friendly Stays to make this Hari Raya reunion a memorable experience with your loved ones.

Heritage facade with a modern twist
Take a nostalgic ride down memory lane with these charming Airbnb Stays, each decked with stylish bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, private patios, and fully kitted out kitchens. Enjoy a grand Raya spread surrounded by classic decor and all the modern day comforts you need.

Bayuh Sabbha Luxury Villa, Kudat
Ghumah Chegu-Kampung House, Alor Setar
Luxurious Heritage House, Georgetown
George Town City Sanctuary, Georgetown

A dream getaway for nature lovers
For those looking for a rejuvenating retreat, these gorgeous kampung houses boast calming surroundings with panoramic views of lush green hills, tea plantations and paddy fields. So step away from the city bustle and relax on the veranda while reminiscing about the good ol’ days with your loved ones.

Villa Kayu at Villa Kelapa Langkawi, Langkawi
Puncak Rimba Villa Puncak Barat Timur, Bentong
Mekar Homestay, Bahau
Kampung House Near Tea House, ATV & Tea Plantation, Cameron Highlands

*According to internal Airbnb data looking at family travel in Malaysia, defined as a check-in with at least one child, between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2022.

**According to internal Airbnb data looking at family travel, defined as a check-in with at least one child, between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2022.
***Based on searches for check in between 23 Mar – 21 Apr 2023 compared to 3 April – 2 May 2022, as of Q4 2022
****Based on growth in searches for Malaysia for check-ins on these dates 23 Mar – 21 Apr 2023 vs 3 April – 2 May 2022, as of Q4 2022

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