The Ibans were long ago feared for their headhunting activities. Visit the descendant of the feared warriors in one of the last remaining remote authentic Iban longhouse of the River Skrang headwaters, 150km due east of Kuching beyond the lake of the Batang Ai. The longhouse is only accessible by charter boat, as water is the main method of transportation in the area.
This 3 days 2 nights visit allows you a real taste of Iban living by visiting authentic longhouses and be hosted by your Iban host, including authentic local cuisines. The natives here continue to follow primitive modes of subsistence like basket or mat weaving, mending of fishing nets, feeding of livestock and fishing. Try “tuak” (a potent local rice wine) and and stay in a longhouse style accommodation.
DAY 1 – KUCHING/BATANG AI IBAN LONGHOUSE Depart your hotel to the Batang Ai takes about 5 hours, passing padi fields, pepper plantations, farms, roadside kampungs and tropical jungles. Stop at the small town of Serian and later for lunch at Lachau. On arrival at the Batang Ai Dam, board a native boat for the upriver journey to an Iban Longhouse. In the evening, enjoy a native dinner prepared by your guide. After a simple dinner, join the rest of the longhouse folks and enjoy an evening of music and dance with rounds of tuak, their home made rice wine. Stay overnight at the longhouse. Meals: Lunch & Dinner only.
DAY 2 – BATANG AI IBAN LONGHOUSE / JUNGLE TREKKING Breakfast. Take part in a blowpipe and cockfight demonstration before proceeding for a nature walk to visit native farms and an Iban burial ground. Enjoy lunch the traditional way, with food cooked in bamboo or in a stone BBQ pit. Do bring your swimwear as there may be opportunities to swim in the river. If there has been no rain in the days prior to your visit, the waters will be clear and refreshingly cool. Later, return to the longhouse for leisure to enjoy your surroundings. Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner only.
Day 3 – BATANG AI IBAN LONGHOUSE / KUCHING After breakfast, say farewell to your hosts. Later return to the river jetty for your journey back to the city. Lunch at local cafe. Continue on to the city. Drop off at your city hotel. Meals: Breakfast & Lunch only.
Departs: 8:30 AM
Minimum 2 Adults
Reservation required – 1 day in advance
Tour Includes: Land and River Transfer, All Meals Stated, Entrance Ticket, 2 Nights Accommodation, English speaking guide
For just RM 1,125 nett Children (2-11) RM 563