Longhouse Living Batang Ai

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An early start will have you visiting our close ‘cousins’, the Orangutans at the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre.  You will commence your journey along the Pan-Borneo highway through farmlands and little townships making several stops enroute for market visits and lunch breaks.  After a long day’s travel on the road you will be delighted to step onboard a longboat for the lake and river journey to the Iban heartland with their rustic longhouses dotting the banks of the Batang Ai River.

Known previously as the ‘Sea-Dayaks’, the Ibans are by far the largest ethnic group in Sarawak priding themselves with an impressive oral history, rituals as well as material culture.  Once feared for their ‘headhunting’ practices, the Iban people are now mainly expert agriculturalists in the village setting whilst those that have subscribed to the rural-urban shift are successful wage earning city dwellers or industrialists.

The idyllic lifestyles and warm hospitality of your hosts and the pristine riverine landscapes will leave you with a lasting impression of a special part of Borneo.


Duration:                 3 days 2 nights

Minimum:                2 pax

Price per person:    RM1,450 nett

Includes:
◦ Land Transfers*
◦ Entrance Fee to Semenggoh Wildlife
◦ Boat transfer & life jackets
◦ An English speaking guide
◦ Longhouse Accommodation**
◦ 3 lunches; 2 dinners; 2 breakfasts

*Surcharge of RM50 for transfer from hotels outside of Kuching City
** Accommodation is basic.  Sheets are provided. Guests are advised to bring bag liners, towels and personal toiletries

Excludes:
◦ Travel Insurance
◦ Alcoholic or canned beverages
◦ Gratuities to Local Staff (at your discretion)

Itinerary:

DAY 1: KUCHING / SEMENGGOH ORANG UTAN / BATANG AI LONGHOUSE

08:00hrs, Pick up from you hotel in Kuching (City Area) and head to Semenggoh Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre 45 minutes away, where you will spend one hour watching the Orangutans.

10:00hrs, From Semenggoh, continue your journey to Batang Ai. It takes about 5 hours, passing padi fields, pepper plantations, farms, roadside kampungs and tropical jungles. Stop at the small town of Serian and visit the colorful native market where a variety of jungle produce such as edible ferns, bamboo shoots and unusual tropical fruit are on display. Next stop is at Pepper Plantation. Your guide will decide which Pepper Plantation is best for you to stop at to observe the way Sarawak Pepper is processed. Last stop before you head off to the jungle and a chance to buy anything you may have forgot at the bazaar at Lachau, along with a late lunch.

On arrival at the Batang Ai Dam, board a native boat for the upriver journey (1.5hrs) to an Iban Longhouse.

In the evening, enjoy a traditional Iban’s style prepared by your guide. After a simple dinner, ready for cultural performance. Relax on the Ruai (common verandah) and spend time with the Iban people. Interact with the community; learn about their culture and enjoy some local tuak (rice wine). Overnight at the longhouse.

 

DAY 02- BATANG AI LONGHOUSE / JUNGLE TREKKING
 

Breakfast. After breakfast, try your hands on the blowpipe.

Today you will be trekking in the jungle so make sure you eat as much as you can for breakfast.

A guided nature walk gives you an opportunity to learn about some medicinal plants and agricultural activities of the community, If the weather permits, you will continue hike upriver to Tutong Waterfall, followed by a bamboo picnic lunch by the river.

After lunch you will return to the Longhouse. Free at own leisure at the longhouse, giving you more opportunity to interact with the community. Dinner and overnight at the longhouse.

 

Day 3.
BATANG AI LONGHOUSE / KUCHING 

After breakfast, bid farewell to the people and depart by longboat to the Batang Ai Terminal to continue your journey by road to Kuching. Lunch will be served along the way. You will arrive Kuching at around 5.pm

 

Remark:

Weather conditions and the water level of local rivers may force our guides to modify the tour in the interests of safety. For example, some trekking activities are not possible during heavy rain or a thunderstorm. No refunds will be offered if a trek is cancelled or boat transfer delayed due to bad weather or river conditions.

Things to wear and bring:

Wear comfortable walking shoes; light clothing; still and/or video cameras; swimming suit/trunk or shorts, bath towel, suntan lotion, hat, insect repellant. Gifts for the people at the longhouse such as biscuits, books, pencils, pens, educational toys and dolls (no candy or sweets please) are highly appreciated though not obligatory.

 

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