Swiftlet Cafe @ Noungan Farm

In the bustling world of travelling and tourism, the choice between a luxurious resort hotel and a cosy homestay can often feel like a tug-of-war between indulgence and the simple life. Enter the humble homestay that doubles as a cosy cafe – Swiftlet Cafe @ Noungan Farm!

The place boasts a resort-like haven that oozes calm and serenity. In the village of Kolopis, Penampang, located 30 minutes away from Kota Kinabalu city centre, this hidden gem has been gaining popularity for its tranquil ambience, delightful cuisine, and exceptional coffee. Here the guests are greeted with warm hospitality and personalised attention, making them feel like family from the moment they arrive.

A Rustic Retreat
This quaint place that’s nestled within a serene village, far removed from the hustle and bustle of city living and towering skyscrapers, is free from droves of other travellers and the constant hum of activities that overwhelm the senses. It’s a haven of peace and solace, offering respite to those seeking refuge from the hectic pace of urban life. Whether it’s waking up to the sound of swiftlet birds chirping, taking a leisure stroll through the nearby village or simply fishing on the nearby freshwater fish ponds, the homestay invites you to slow down, unplug and reconnect with nature.

It’s more than a cafe or homestay; it’s the residence of the owner, Sabahan Maria Kinson and her Australian husband, Greg. Having interactions and conversations with the owners will offer a more intimate and authentic experience allowing travellers to connect with local cultures and communities on a deeper level; this genuine hospitality defines the essence of a homestay experience.

From Paddy Fields to Cafe @ Homestay Haven
Once a humble paddy field and worker’s quarters tended by Maria’s family for years, this picturesque spot has undergone a remarkable evolution. With the return of Maria and Greg to Sabah during the COVID-19 pandemic, this tranquil haven has blossomed into the vibrant cafe and homestay it is today. The accommodations may be simple, but they exude warmth and charm that is truly unparalleled. While it may lack the opulence of a luxury resort, each room is thoughtfully appointed with local touches and decor, creating a cosy retreat that feels like home.

Culinary Delights and More

It’s a sanctuary for you to enjoy the pleasures of home cooked foods. The menu has been curated by Maria boasting an English fusion buffet options and a diverse selection of local and western dishes. Fun fact! They are passionate about supporting the local communities, which is why they prioritise using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients in every dish they serve. Prepare to be delighted by their culinary creations, with highlights including their famous Louisiana crab boil and mouth watering homemade pizzas that are sure to leave your taste bud tingling with delight!

But it’s more than just enticing cuisine; Swiftlet cafe @ Noungan Farm is a meeting point, whether it’s with friends, family or even groups exploring the nearby hilltops. The cafe often hosts the Hash Harrier groups where they enjoy a fellowship dinner after their picturesque walks around the surrounding hilltops.

Hash Runners at Noungan

Embracing the Community
The focus this year is to create a meeting and conference facilities on the ground floor of the swiftlet bird house located on the property, hoping to contribute to the local community’s recreational needs. The expansion project is fueled by a desire to invite people to experience the pure, pollution-free rural environment that surrounds us.

But, it goes beyond mere aesthetics. They are committed to foster community growth by creating opportunities for employment and skill development for local youth. Through initiatives like being the hub to host b fishing workshops for the community, it’s growing into a place where people gather, connect and impart knowledge. Thus, creating a place of learning and growth.

Plan Your Visit
It operates on a booking basis only. Why? Well it is to ensure that you will be able to get a personalised experience. To book a spot, contact them via Call/WhatApp at 010 – 255 0028. The cafe is open from 10am to 9pm everyday, except on Tuesdays. Directions to this delightful place are available on Waze and Google Maps under “Swiftlet Cafe” or “Noungan Farm. As it continues to capture the hearts of Penampang and Kota Kinabalu residents, seize the opportunity to experience its unique charm.

So what are you waiting for? Plan your visit to Swiftlet Cafe @ Noungan Farm today, and embark on an unforgettable journey filled with culinary delights, natural beauty, and heartfelt hospitality.

Fishing lessons
Last reviewed: May 2, 2024

Other Recent Articles