LONGHOUSE SAFARI BATANG AI
LONGHOUSE SAFARI BATANG AI
This 2-day Batang Ai Iban Longhouse Tour from Kuching. Traverse picturesque landscapes, pausing at Serian for refreshments and unique shopping experiences. Witness barter trade in the charming "Lachau" village before reaching the scenic Batang Ai Lake.
Glide on a native longboat to an authentic Iban Longhouse, where cultural immersion awaits, featuring traditional dances and the sharing of Tuak. Overnight in humble longhouse accommodations adds an authentic touch. Day two includes a hands-on blowpipe presentation, bidding farewell to the warm-hearted Ibans, and a scenic return to Kuching city, promising an enriching adventure by late afternoon.
Tour Codes: EGH/K12
Duration: 2 DAYS 1 NIGHT
0830hrs pick-up from hotel’s lobby and start your journey for 2D/1N Batang Ai Iban Longhouse Tour. Start
your journey to Batang Ai, along the Pan Borneo Highway, passing through the beautiful sceneries of rural
villages, towns and gardens of pepper, rubber and rice fields. You will travel 275 km by road, with a few stops
along the way: the first stop is in Serian town, where you will stop for refreshments (own expenses). You may
wish to make some last minutes shopping for insect repellent or for gifts for the Ibans at Serian.
You can also visit a fascinating native fruit and vegetable market. The last stop will be at “Lachau”, a small upcountry
Chinese village, where you will stop for lunch. (Here barter trade still exists between the natives of Kalimantan, the
Chinese shop owners and the natives of Sarawak). After lunch, proceed to the final stage of the journey and
arrive at the beautiful Batang Ai Lake. Here you will board native longboat approximately 45 minutes and travel
up the river to an Iban Longhouse. On arrival at Iban Longhouse, you will be taken for a tour around the
longhouse to meet the natives and their families.
Dinner will be served at one of the family rooms. After dinner,
the Ibans will sound their gongs and perform their traditional warrior and maiden dance in full ceremonial
regalia with the longhouse’s chief and folk. Rice Wine “Tuak” will be served. Overnight spent in the Longhouse
with mattress/mosquito-nets/pillow (very basic accommodation).
Breakfast in the longhouse.
After breakfast, the Iban people will give you a presentation with their traditional weapon, the blowpipe which
you could participate in.
Now it is time to say goodbye to the Ibans. After proceeding downriver by longboat to
the jetty, return to Kuching city via the same route. Lunch enroute and transferring to the hotel in city or airport.
Expected arrival time around 1600-1700hrs.
Things You Should Know :
* It is compulsory that life jackets (provided) be worn at all times during boat trips.
* For boats trip you are recommended to put your personal belonging in a small backpack/sling pack and it is
advise-able to put all yours belonging under a plastic wrap.
Custom of Longhouse :
* Customary to bring some small gifts for the longhouse folks like crackers, instant noodles, salts, sugar and
No money is to be given to them.