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Lemanak & Batang Ai Combo is a cultural tour that gives you the opportunity to meet the native people of Sarawak and visit their tribal villages.
Formerly known as Sea Dayaks, the Iban people are famous for their head-hunting past, their massive ironwood longhouses, their ornate body tattooing and their genuine hospitality.
This tour include one night in the Iban Longhouse and one night in the ethnic-style resort on the shore of Batang Ai lake.
Pick up: 08.30am (Kuching airport or hotel)
This morning you will be driven for about 4.5 hours through lush green countryside dotted with padi fields, pepper gardens and rubber plantations, and flanked by rugged jungle-clad mountains. Along the way, stop off at the Serian farmer’s market, visit a pepper garden and view carnivorous pitcher plants. Stop for lunch at a roadside bazaar deep in Iban country.
Arrive at Lemanak jetty mid-afternoon for a longboat ride up the Lemanak River, passing through typical Borneo countryside with a longhouse tucked behind almost every bend in the river.
Arrive at Ngemah Longhouse and visit the “entire village under one roof.” Dinner, featuring delicious fresh jungle produce. After dinner, we will proceed for some evening’s entertainment, including traditional dancing, music, games and a glass or two of tuak (rice wine) with the longhouse chief. The Iban are a fun-loving people, and visitors are expected to join in! If you know any dances, folk songs or poems from your own country, you will make some lifelong friends; no matter how badly you perform.
Overnight in the Longhouse. You will be spending your night at the ruai (the longhouse common room). As for the washroom / toilet facilities you will be sharing with the Ibans. Accommodation at the guesthouse / longhouse is very basic.
LUNCH | DINNER
After breakfast, enjoy a blowpipe demonstration and try shooting one yourself. Then take a short walk around the vicinity of the longhouse to learn about the traditional uses of plants in Iban culture and observe the longhouse resident go about their daily routine. A traditional Iban lunch will be serve by the riverbank if weather permit. This will give you a chance to taste food cook by using bamboo.
After lunch make your way down river before going overland to Batang Ai. Upon arrival at Batang Ai Jetty you will proceed for another 15 to 20 minutes boat ride across the hydro lake to the Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat.
Overnight at the Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat.
BREAKFAST | LUNCH | DINNER
Breakfast at the Resort. Depart for Kuching via the same route. Lunch is served en route.
BREAKFAST | LUNCH