Seek for an in-depth understanding of the “People of the Forest” as well as the native Bidayuh people in a tour that will bring you closer to all things Sarawak.
On this tour, we will visit the Semenggoh Orang Utan Centre to observe and learn more about the incredible Orang Utan. These endangered great apes are our closest relatives, sharing almost 97% of our human DNA. Aside from watching them delightfully tucking into their daily meals during feeding hours, take a short trek into the jungle where you will get a chance to observe these playful primates in their element. If you are lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of female orangutans nursing their child with love and care, not unlike our mothers when we were younger.
Next, we will visit the Bidayuh Land Dayak Longhouse (Annah Rais). 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’. Built on the same site as the original longhouse, the Annah Rais Longhouse and its two-century-old legacy stand firm today, supported by an uncountable number of bamboo stems. Upon arrival, we will be greeted ceremoniously with a cup of rice wine by the natives before proceeding to tour the place and even observe a demonstration on the workings and usage of a blowpipe.
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.