Lemanak River and Batang Ai Longhouse Adventure

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3 Days / 2 Nights
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Tour Details

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.

  • Spend a night in a traditional Iban Longhouse in Lemanak River
  • Learn about Iban’s culture and traditions and experience the daily life of the local people. The Ibans were the greatly-feared headhunters of Borneo
  • Cruise across the tranquil Batang Ai Lake in a native longboat to one of the Iban tribe’s longhouses
Day 1
Kuching - Lemanak River
Day 2
Lemanak River - Batang Ai
Day 3
Batang Ai - Kuching

What's Included

  • Accommodation for the nights listed in the itinerary
  • All internal transport as per the itinerary
  • Sightseeing tours / activities where specified
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Meals full board

Is this your ideal tour?

This tour is suitable for conscious travellers who wish to learn more about the culture and daily life of the Iban people.

Nowadays most longhouses in Sarawak are busy, modern farming communities, and people wear practical clothes like jeans and T-shirts when they are at work. Traditional costumes and headdresses are usually only worn for special festivals like gawai dayak, gawai antu and wedding.

Although the Iban people have experience modernization, their culture and their traditions are still very much intact in their remote villages.

Itinerary

Day 1Kuching - Lemanak River - Longhouse

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

Day 2Lemanak River - Batang Ai

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

Day 3Batang Ai - Kuching

Breakfast at the Resort. Depart for Kuching via the same route. Lunch is served en route.

BREAKFAST | LUNCH

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