Embark on this exciting adventure where you will get the chance to observe fearsome crocodiles as well as experience the Bidayuh way of life!
Not far from the urbanscape of Kuching lies Malaysia’s one and only crocodile museum and perhaps the largest captive crocodile breeding farm. Jong’s Crocodile Farm is set amidst a picturesque backdrop of tall tropical trees, lush vegetation and fruit trees. A sanctuary for over a thousand crocodiles bred in captivity, it is more than just a crocodile farm; it houses numerous rare species of birds and animals, ranging from monkeys, leopard-cats, sun bears to even fruit bats, peacocks and hornbills.
Somewhat akin to a zoo, the farm is also the playground of the Amazonian Arapaima, ranked among the world’s largest freshwater fishes. Learn more about the conservation efforts for the fearsome crocodiles at the Crocodile Museum and stand in awe of these modern dinosaurs, as they exhibit agility and strength, leaping as high as three metres above water to snag a piece of meat during feeding hours—the farm’s most popular attraction.
Once we are done gawking at the animals, we will proceed to the Annah Rais Longhouse—the Bidayuh people’s largest and most prominent longhouse—set amidst the backdrop of an enchanting forest. One of the largest tribes in Sarawak, the Bidayuh people (also known as ‘Land Dayaks’) are affectionately called the ‘Engineers of Bamboo’, aptly named for their mastery over bamboos. Upon arrival, we will be greeted ceremoniously with a cup of rice wine by the natives.
Take this opportunity to discover the importance of the longhouse and really connect with the Bidayuh 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. You will also be given a tour of the ‘head-house’, or more commonly known as ‘baruk’, where human skulls are kept alongside a sacred war drum, a relic from a time when the Bidayuh people were once feared ‘headhunters’. One of the most unique and important structures to the Bidayuh people, it is indeed a privilege to be granted access to the “head-house” and observe how they live their lives within walls of bamboo.