Immerse yourself in the amazing experience of Sarawak’s Iban culture and be mesmerised by the beautiful Latak waterfall and an endless exposure to a variety of flora and fauna!
Kickstart your adventure by embarking on an hours’ drive to Entulang, an Iban Longhouse compromising of about 50 families. The Ibans are the single, largest tribe in Sarawak and they traditionally live in longhouses. During the colonial period, the Ibans were formerly known as the Sea Dayaks and were known for their practices of headhunting and piracy. Upon arrival at the longhouse, the chief of the longhouse will extend an invitation to you to visit and tour around the longhouse. You will be able to experience the communal living arrangements in the longhouse, which are actually a collection of rooms linked together but sharing a common ‘ruai’, which is like a corridor or verandah, usually used as a pathway to walk to other rooms or for gatherings to take place. In the olden days, the ‘ruai’ was used for traditional ceremonies. There will also be an opportunity to try the famous ‘tuak’, a locally brewed rice wine.
The next exciting stop on our trip will be a 30-minute drive to Lambir Hills National Park; possibly the world’s most diverse and complex forest eco-system. Not only have experts discovered Lambir to have the world’s greatest plant biodiversity, it is also home to 237 different species of birds, wild pigs, gibbons, flying squirrels and even monkeys as well as various deer species and countless insects. In addition to Lambir’s 6,952 hectares of bountiful landscape is a smattering of bathing pools and dazzling waterfalls. Being recognised as the world’s most ecologically rich area, more than half of the park is covered with a loaded mixed of dipterocarp forest where large, tall dipterocarp trees such as Meranti, Kempas, Kapur and Selangan Batu can be admired.
Our expedition commences with a crowd favourite trail, the short and effortless Latak Waterfall Trail. This extremely popular trail follows a smoothly inclining path sheltered by tree branches, and is along the course of a crystal clear, rapidly flowing stream. Along the way, you will be mesmerised by two small yet elegant waterfalls. Upon arriving at the end of the trail, the main attraction will delight you. The famous Latak waterfall feeds a large forest pool, which is enveloped on three sides by steep rock walls. The famed waterfall cascades 25 metres down an arduous drop into the far end of the pool, pleasant to swim in after a hot trek. The pool area also provides toilets, changing rooms and picnic areas. The pool is safe for swimming; however, for non-swimmers and small children, caution should be exercised as it is deep in parts. Concluding this marvellous journey, we will trek back to the park HQ for you to be transferred back to Miri.