Tall House Experience
The Melanau people or A-Likou (meaning River people) represents one of the earliest ethnic settlers in Sarawak. Experience staying in a traditional Melanau Tall House and get acquainted with this charming coastal people of Borneo and their unique lifestyle.
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeCulture, Discovery, Guided Tours
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Medium Group
The Melanau people or A-Likou (meaning River people) represents one of the earliest ethnic settlers in Sarawak. Well known traditionally as skilled fishermen, rice and sago farmers, they live in majestic tall stilted houses by the river. These unique abodes have since been replaced by more contemporary Malay style village houses. Only a show house at the Sarawak Cultural Village in Kuching and a culturally themed lodge in Mukah, the heartland of the Melanau people exist today.
Spending some time at Lamin Dana or ‘Traditional House’ in archaic Melanau language, the cultural lodge in Mukah (an hour and five minutes small plane flight from Kuching City) is an excellent cultural immersion into the ancient Melanau people’s steep heritage, history and cultural identity, a perfect Borneo experience with an intriguing people.
- 2 night’s accommodation on twin sharing basis
- 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches & 2 Dinners
- Airport transfers
- Boat cruise on Tellian River
- All transfers listed in the itinerary
- Entrance fees to attractions as per listed in itinerary (where applicable)
- Please note this tour will carry a surcharge should your requested dates fall on Public Holiday. For more information please go to our FAQ’s page for more information regarding Public Holidays and surcharges.
- Flights in and out of Mukah
- Alcoholic or carbonated drinks
- Gratuity for local staff (at your discretion)
- Any other items not included above
Be met at Mukah airport for transfer to the lodge for check-in registration and welcoming drinks. Having settled into your room, join in an introductory briefing on the many features of your residence as a traditional Melanau house cum cultural and handicraft centre. After the briefing, take a casual walkabout and enjoy the idyllic lifestyle of the Tellian Village and engage with the locals, photography opportunities aplenty. Dinner will be served at the lodge as night enfolds. Weather permitting, explore the surrounding area to see the fairy lights of the many fireflies in the area.
Cruising the Tellian River amidst floating Sago Palm logs and quaint village houses.
After a hearty local breakfast of local cakes, fruits coffee and tea, enjoy a river cruise along Tellian River and learn more about Sago Palm processing & get a chance to see the ancient Melanau aristocrat burial ‘totem’ pole or hanging coffin known as Jerunei. Cruise on until you reach Mukah Old Town and take a casual waterfront walk to the bustling fishing market and local vegetable/fruits/dried cakes market. The fish market is a great place to try out some delicious Umai, the Melanau people’s version of Ceviche freshly prepared by expert hands at the few stalls in the market. Make your way back to the lodge for lunch. Enjoy a siesta or some free and easy time on your own after lunch until late afternoon when you will be transferred to Kaul Beach to enjoy the sunset.
As dusk falls, head back to the lodge for dinner and where there’s a group of 10 paxs and above a cultural jamming session will be organised.
The giantTibau swing, a traditional activity of the Melanau people.
Check out of the lodge and visit Sapan Puloh the Melanau Mini Museum. You then will be transferred to the Mukah Airport for your onward flight.