3 days 2 nights Batang Ai Iban Longhouse & Semenggoh Wildlife Centre | La Vacanza Travel

3 days 2 nights Batang Ai Iban Longhouse & Semenggoh Wildlife Centre

Duration: 3 days
Destination: Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching
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  • 3 days
  • Kuching
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable

Overview

Sarawakian’s rich cultures and customs, unique traditional rituals, dances, foods, and costumes are among the things that continue to intrigue and fascinate visitors and researchers from around the world. Their warm hospitality and simple ways of life are also some of the traits that many visitors find endearing.

I guess, the fascination for this exotic destination also stems from interesting stories about the headhunters of Borneo. Images from National Geographic or Discovery Channel showing small dark people with tattooed bodies donning fancy headdresses of exotic bird feathers must have also fuelled the curiosity of our foreign visitors.

Itinerary

Day 1: Semenggoh Wildlife Centre + Serian Native Market + Batang Ai Iban Longhouse

Stop At: Semenggoh Nature Reserve, Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, Kuching 93000 Malaysia
The wardens at Semenggoh Nature Reserve have been training young orangutans, who had been orphaned or rescued from captivity, how to survive in the wild. The success of this programme has left the surrounding forest reserve with a thriving population of healthy adolescent and young adult orangutans, who are now breeding in the wild. The programme has since been transferred to Matang Wildlife Centre, but Semenggoh Nature Reserve is still home to its successful graduates, semi-wild orangutans and their babies. They spend most of their time roaming the forest but frequently come back to the Centre for a free meal. If it is the fruiting season in the forest, some or even all of them may not come to feed. This in itself is a good sign and another step on the way to full rehabilitation.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Serian, Serian, Sarawak
Serian town is one of the busiest towns especially during festive seasons. Stores and shops are packed by mainly Bidayuh returning home from Peninsula Malaysia, Singapore or oversee or major towns on Gawai and Christmas holidays.

Tour groups heading for the Batang Ai areas often stop here. The main attraction is an excellent farmers’ market selling all manner of fruit, vegetables and forest produce, and a thriving fish market. If you are lucky you will also see live sago worms, a favourite local delicacy, offered for sale.
Duration: 45 minutes

Meals included:


Accommodation included: Batang Ai Iban Longhouse (Nanga Ukom / Nanga Mengkak)

Day 2: Batang Ai Iban Longhouse (Nanga Ukom / Nanga Mengkak)

Stop At: Batang Ai, Lubok Antu, Sarawak, Malaysia
Our main destination this time was Batang Ai, to visit the Iban community at the Mengkak Longhouse / Ukom Longhouse located at the mouth of Sungai Engkari.

The Ibans form the largest percentage of Sarawak’s population. In days of yore, they were reputedly the most formidable headhunters on the island of Borneo. Ibans today are friendly and hospitable. They are renowned for their traditional weavings such as the Pua Kumbu, woodcarvings, beadworks and silver craftings.

Longhouses are built on stilts about a metre above the ground. As the name suggests, Borneo longhouses are long and narrow consisting of several rooms. Each family occupies a room. One longhouse typically accommodates between 20 and 50 families.

There’s a large communal living space, between the balcony and bedrooms, known as the ruai, running down one side, and separate living quarters for each family along the other side. The ruai is the place where the longhouse folks gather for an evening chat or carry out activities like making handicrafts and farming apparatus.
Duration: 1 day 16 hours

Meals included:



Accommodation included: Nanga Ukom / Nanga Mengkak

Day 3: Batang Ai - Kuching

Stop At: Batang Ai, Lubok Antu, Sarawak, Malaysia
I guess, the fascination for this exotic destination also stems from interesting stories about the headhunters of Borneo. Images from National Geographic or Discovery Channel showing small dark people with tattooed bodies donning fancy headdresses of exotic bird feathers must have also fuelled the curiosity of our foreign visitors.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:


No accommodation included on this day.

Inclusions
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Drinking water & rice wine
  • 2x Breakfast
  • 2x Dinner
  • 3x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 2 nights
  • Entry/Admission - Semenggoh Nature Reserve

Exclusions
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Airports

  • Kuching Airport, Kuching Malaysia


Ports

  • Kuching Port


Departure Time

08:00 AM

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

3 days


User's Reviews

H4934VYlauran

14 Oct, 2023

A very good company to organize your visit to a Longhouse in Batang Ai. We had the first contact with David via mobile, he was very available at all times, both to help us decide the type of trip (in the end 2D1N) and later with the payment (the banking application gave us some problems and he was patient to work it out). And we were so lucky to share our experience with the extraordinary Mas and Deelaila... What can I say, the experience itself is absolutely unique, the trip to the house is a gift for the senses, the peace of the river, the green horizon ... Immersing yourself in the house, but beyond that, in their lives, is fascinating. But if you also have the pleasure of doing it with this father and daughter couple, who more than guides felt like friends... We feel very lucky. I know that we will carry those days in the middle of the jungle with us forever. Thank you for taking care of us, for the laughter and hospitality. See you soon!

Katharina_H

24 Sep, 2023

Ein schöner Ausflug und gutes Essen, ein Stern Abzug dafür dass wir kein einziges Wildtier gesehen haben.

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