A tour led by Malaysia’s ‘First People’

Connect with Malaysia’s indigenous cultures through Native and their Orang Asli guides


By signing up for experiences offered through Native, you support the efforts of Orang Asli communities to share about their own cultures, while boosting their livelihoods. 

Native channels at least 40 per cent of its revenues to its Orang Asli partners. Since 2019, it has co-led close to 50 tours with Orang Asli hosts. It has worked with 15 hosts in four communities, and generated RM12,000 (US$2,880) through these experiences for its hosts, plus RM6,500 (US$1,560) for a community development fund. 

Amid the economic slump brought about by COVID-19, Native’s Biji Bumi Durian initiative generated RM30,559 (US$7,355) for 12 growers, from 3.9 tonnes of durian sold. 

Although travel to and within Malaysia is restricted at the moment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you can follow Native on their social media platforms to stay updated on their latest happenings. 

Getting There

Hulu Selangor is about an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital. Native’s tours include round-trip transportation from the pick-up point to the villages.

Traveller's Notes

Come with a curious and open attitude; the Orang Asli hosts have plenty of indigenous knowledge to share, such as identifying local flora and fauna and explaining how they fit into their culture

The forests of Malaysia are dense and beautiful, but the warm and humid climate also encourages critters to thrive. Insect repellent and rain gear are a must

River and stream crossings are likely on the hikes; be prepared to get your shoes wet

Bring a water bottle — refills are available during the tours Guests should also bring sunscreen and wear long pants with covered shoes

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