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Experience the unique culture of the Iban tribes, known for their fearsome reputation as a warring tribe with a history of headhunting. Starting from Kuching, we'll travel to Batang Ai, the oldest Iban settlement in Sarawak, located near the Batang Ai National Park. Witness the traditional longhouses, which can be up to 500m long with multiple rooms hosting families. Don't miss the chance to interact with the friendly and hospitable Iban people and learn about their simple way of life. While comfort may be limited, the Iban people's warmth and hospitality will make up for it. You'll have a chance to eat simple meals with the family, shower with a bucket of water, and sleep under a mosquito net with roosters serving as your natural alarm clock. This is a cultural experience you won't forget!
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- All meals as indicated
- All community fees
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Day 1 - Longhouse Adventure: Discovering the Authentic Iban Culture
Get ready for a unique experience as you embark on a 6-hour country road journey passing through stunning green mountainous scenery. Along the way, you will make 3 stops - first at Serian, where you can explore the native market and purchase gifts for your host. The second stop will be for a delicious lunch and the final stop at a pepper garden. At Batang Ai receiving jetty, you will board a motorized longboat and journey through the scenic Batang Ai Blue Lake and upriver for an hour plus to an authentic longhouse. Here, you will witness some 30 families living together under one roof in a 150-meter long longhouse decorated with antique Chinese jars. In the evening, you will feast with the longhouse's chief and locals and experience traditional dinner and cultural dances. You will spend the night in the longhouse, surrounded by the warm hospitality and simple way of life of the Iban people.
Day 2 - Rapids Adventure and Jungle Retreat with the Iban Tribe
Wake up to a delicious breakfast in the longhouse and get ready for an adventure-filled day! Hop on a longboat and head upriver to explore the upper reaches of the rivers, fighting the rapids along the way. During dry periods, you may even have to lend a hand and help push the boat upstream, making for an even more thrilling experience. Stop along one of the riverbanks for a mouthwatering lunch of barbeque and bamboo-cooked food over a bonfire. Spend the afternoon relaxing in the lush rainforest, take a swim, or listen to the endless tales of your Iban boatmen about their community life history. Return to the longhouse in the evening for a scrumptious dinner and another night's stay. Don't miss out on this exciting rapids adventure and jungle retreat with the friendly Iban tribe! [Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner]
Day 3 - Scenic Waterfall and Homeward Bound
tart your day with breakfast in the longhouse before packing up and making your way back to Kuching via the same scenic route. Along the way, stop at a beautiful recreational park overlooking a breathtaking waterfall and enjoy a delicious lunch. Arrive in Kuching by late afternoon, feeling refreshed and rejuvenated from your adventurous journey. Don't forget to capture some pictures of the stunning views to take home with you! [Breakfast & Lunch]