Immerse yourself a relaxing getaway at the AIMAN Batang Ai Longhouse Resort and learn about the fascinating Iban culture.
Day 1 - Kuching / Batang Ai
Embark on an exciting tour to Batang Ai, set amidst the backdrop of a majestic forest. 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 the Liew Farm which grows much of their own needs and for income. As you stroll along the edge of well-kept plantations, you will be able to admire the main attraction that would be the pepper vines and loofah vegetables. You can even purchase packets of guaranteed fresh pepper if you so wish.
We will then move on to our next pit stop, the small town of Lachau for a delicious lunch before continuing our journey. Upon our arrival at Batang Ai Dam, we will experience an upriver journey as we are ferried across to the AIMAN Batang Ai Longhouse Resort, nestled at the edge of one of the world’s oldest rainforests. You are left to explore the beautiful surroundings at your own leisure.
Day 2 - Batang Ai / Lemanak Iban Longhouse / Kuching
We will kickstart the day with a nice breakfast at the guest house before we take off on the ferry across the Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse Resort. We will begin the day’s adventures with an upriver journey, aboard a native boat to Lemanak Iban Longhouse. 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’.
Enjoy your time here with the rest of the longhouse folks in music and dance, enjoyed ceremoniously with a cup of rice wine, tuak, brewed by the natives. 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. Guests may even present gifts 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. Have an enjoyable lunch served at the longhouse before embarking on your journey back to the city.
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