Explore the uniqueness of the Iban Tribe culture and be whisked away by the remarkable rainforest scenery!
Day 1 - Kuching / Batang Ai Iban Longhouse
Join us on a journey to the Batang Ai Iban Longhouse set amidst the backdrop of a majestic forest. As one of the largest tribes in Sarawak, this presents the perfect opportunity to have close-up encounters with the tribe. The Bidayuh people are known for their prowess with bamboo so much so that they are affectionately called the ‘Engineers of Bamboo’. Keep your eyes peeled on your surroundings as the journey will take you past the countryside; dotted with paddy fields, roadside kampungs, tropical jungles, pepper plantations and farms. We will also be stopping by a small town, Serian and later on Lachau for a delicious lunch. Upon our arrival at Batang Ai Dam, we will experience an upriver journey onboard a native boat towards an Iban Longhouse.
Settle in the longhouse as your guide will prepare you a native dinner and we will enjoy ceremoniously with a cup of rice wine, tuak, brewed by the natives. Enjoy your night with the rest of the longhouse folks in music and dance. Discover the importance of the longhouse in the life and times of the Sarawakian Land Dayaks (Bidayuh) and really connect with the indigenous people. Admire their simplistic lifestyle and their ingenious methods of making the best of whatever nature provides them—winnowing, basket weaving and rice pounding—to get by. Be adventurous and explore the longhouse; take a peek at the human skulls kept at the “head-house”, or more commonly known as “baruk”—the most unique and important structure of the Bidayuh. Away from urbanisation, this feels like a different epoch but may foster a deeper appreciation for the simple way of life. As the evening winds down, gifts may be presented to the Iban and small tokens will be shared equally amongst all that are present. Simple, inexpensive gifts such as children’s books, cookies, candy, pencils are well liked and appreciated. Experience an overnight stay at the longhouse. A note of caution, however, dogs are a close part of the family and you may find yourself sleeping near one!
Day 2 - Batang Ai Iban Longhouse / Jungle Trekking
We will kick start the day with a nice breakfast at the guest house before taking part in the exciting activity of blowpipe and cockfight demonstrations by the tribespeople. We will then proceed for a nature walk, visiting the native farms as well as their traditional Iban burial ground before stopping to enjoy some delicious lunch prepared the traditional way, food cooked in bamboo or in a stone BBQ pit. If the weather has been kind, with no rain, days prior to your visit, the water will be refreshingly cool and crystal clear. So do remember to bring your swimwear along as there may be opportunities for a rejuvenating swim in the river! When you are done enjoying your time by the river, you may return to the longhouse at your leisure to bask in the beauty of the surroundings. Dinner will be served and you will be able to experience another night at the longhouse.
Day 3 - Batang Ai Iban Longhouse / Kuching
Start the day off with a delicious breakfast before bidding adieu to your hosts. We will then be travelling back down the river to catch the coach back to Kuching city. On your journey back, there will be a stop at a local cafe for lunch before proceeding to drop you back at your city hotel.