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The Great Iban Longhouse Experience

Pick up from Kuching
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Tour Code: KUC-08 Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights

Get up close with the Iban natives, the former Head Hunters of Borneo, for a truly authentic experience of Sarawakian culture.


  • Experience Lachau Bazaar and See What Local Produce Are Being Sold
  • Visit Nanga Sumpa and Live Among Native Ibans
  • Relax and Enjoy the Scenery at Enseluai Falls

Tour Description:

Day 1 - Kuching / Nanga Sumpa

The tour begins at 8 am where you will be ferried from your hotel in Kuching to Batang Ai Reservoir. Before that, stop by Lachau Bazaar where you can find an assortment of smoked, salted and packaged goods. Stroll around the market and take in the sights of vividly coloured Batiks before stopping for an early lunch at a local coffee shop. Once you have had your fill of grub, it is time to journey onwards to rural Sarawak where you will pass by pepper gardens as well as cocoa and rubber plantations.

Upon arrival, we will enjoy a 1.5 hours ride via longboat upstream to the Nanga Sumpa, where the original inhabitants of Borneo Island—the Ibans—call home. Formerly known as the Sea Dayaks, the native Ibans are known for the prowess in battle because of their headhunting tradition in the bygone days. Now, they are a peaceful tribe that prioritises an agrarian way of life while maintaining their rich heritage and identity. Check in at the Nanga Sumpa Lodge for an overnight stay and then proceed to mingle with the warm and amiable natives who are more than willing to extend their hospitality.

Day 2 - Nanga Sumpa / Enseluai Waterfall / Nanga Sumpa

The second day will be packed with fun-filled activities so make sure to grab a good breakfast before we head into the jungle and tread on muddy trails along the river. Continue upriver by longboat to the picturesque Enseluai Waterfall. En route to the waterfall, your boatman might stop to demonstrate the Iban-style of fishing by net casting. Then, enjoy the sparkling waterfall as you relax and take a dip into cool waters. Replenish your energy with a riverside BBQ lunch courtesy of your Iban hosts before returning to the lodge.

Savour a scrumptious dinner before visiting the Nanga Sumpa Longhouse where you can lay back and laze on the ruai—a common verandah—and spend time with the natives while enjoying a cup of local rice wine. Join in the revelry and have a great time mingling with the Ibans before turning in for the night.

Day 3 - Nanga Sumpa / Kuching

Spend the last day of the tour splashing around in the river or explore the surrounding area of Nanga Sumpa, committing it all to memory. After an early lunch, head downriver to the Batang Ai Lake Jetty where you will be ferried overland to Kuching. Expect to arrive back at 6.30 pm where you will be dropped off at the hotel or Kuching airport.

Cancellation Policy:

Please refer to our refunds policy under Terms of Use section.

Pick-Up Time:

  • 7:15 am to 7:45 am

What's Included:

  • English-Speaking Guide
  • Two (2) Nights' Accommodation at Nanga Sumpa Longhouse (Dormitory-Style Bedding)
  • Meals: 2 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners

What's Not Included:

  • Tour Excursions Exclude All Entrance Fees Unless Stated Otherwise

Additional Information:

  • Transfer duration above are estimated and subject to traffic and weather condition, and not inclusive of any sightseeing
  • Accommodations are subject to availability. Please check with Adventoro Customer service (Call / Whatsapp +6010 468 8011)
  • All rates quoted are based on English-speaking driver-cum-guide
  • Accommodation is in a common area with basic amenities (no air-conditioning). Individual mattresses and mosquito nets will be provided. Basic shower (no hot water) and toilet facilities are available
  • Do bring your own raincoat, hand-torch, personal toiletries, light clothing preferably cotton materials, towel, body soap, walking shoe with rubber base/slippers, anti-malaria tablets, insect repellent, sun protection lotion & first aid kit
  • It is not advisable to bring along your suitcase. Should you like to bring gifts for the people at the Longhouse; biscuits, medical first aid kit, books, pencils, pens, educational toys and dolls are highly appreciated. We discourage giving sweets and cigarettes
  • Weather conditions and the water level of local rivers may force our guides to modify the tour in the interests of safety. For example, some trekking activities are not possible during bad weather. No refunds will be offered if a trek is cancelled or boat transfer delayed due to bad weather or river conditions.
  • Sighting of wildlife is not guaranteed
  • Please adhere to strict pick-up time punctuality. Tour operators may forfeit tours for travellers if no-show during stipulated time
  • Registered name of the traveller must be corresponding with photograph documentation (Example: Passport). Tour operators reserve the right to reject if registered traveller fails to provide photographed documentation of their own
  • Note: Starting from 1st September 2017, a tourism tax of RM10 per room per night will be imposed on non-Malaysian tourists for all types of hotels and accommodations. This is payable to the hotel upon check-out

Pick-Up Locations

Refer to the map below to see a list of pick up locations that are available for you to choose from. You can select your desired pick up location when you book the tour.

List of Locations:

    Pick up is also available for other locations under the vicinity of Kuching. For more information, please contact Adventoro's concierge service.

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