About Us


Our Mission

“Changing the way we discover destinations and spaces through immersive VR storytelling and local experiences.”

We believe it should be easy for anyone to be connected to the places, people and culture of Southeast Asia. From virtual 360° experiences to community-led adventures, LokaLocal lets you step into the lives of the local community and see the world through their eyes.

Our Story

In 2016, our CEO Khen got the idea for LokaLocal while
documenting the photographs of local artisans in his book, “Traditional Trades in Penang”.
Realising that there was no platform for them to preserve these traditions,
LokaLocal was soon established

Our marketplace became a way to connect people to local experts offering unique tours, workshops and activities in Malaysia. Not only can they discover lesser-known destinations, they can be inspired by our local experts’ stories and passion.

In 2017, LokaLocal won the Best Social Impact Award at the Mekong Tourism Forum, as well as received Top 25 at the K-Startup Challenge in South Korea. A turning point came during the 2020 pandemic, when our team had to pivot and find another way to help our travel partners. We started LokaLocal VR, which enabled us to create immersive virtual tours for hotels, travel attractions, museums, restaurants, real estate and e-commerce.

We also create audio destination tours and narrative storytelling experiences to redefine the way people can explore the world, before and during their travels. Be it through virtual or in-destination experiences, we hope our solutions can leave a lasting positive impact on the local community.

Empowering over 600 locals across 9 countries

Our Beliefs

Connection to Community

We want you to connect to unique places and people, so you can develop meaningful connections before and during your trip.


Our team and local experts are committed to providing experiences that are thoughtfully crafted, safe, and enjoyable.

Social Impact

At LokaLocal, it’s all about the impact! Our virtual storytelling and local experiences create opportunities, improve outreach and sustain legacies.

Fun & Interactive

At LokaLocal, we believe discovering destinations and spaces should be fun, flavourful, and filled with genuine interaction.


We love it when our clients and local experts have a platform to share their stories. Passion is what keeps us going too!

Celebration of Diversity

We support locals eager to share their unique hometowns, skills, cultures and stories. Let’s come together for the love of travel.

LokaLocal is run by Loka Travel Sdn Bhd, jointly in operation with NB Travel Sdn Bhd.