Longhouses conjure up images of a simple wooden structure built on stilts in the jungle. For protection in days gone by, the houses of individual families were joined together to make one long house for the entire community. The majority of traditional Borneo longhouses are located in Sarawak.

The long, narrow, single-verandah building is raised on stilts off the ground and divided into one long open communal area with a row of private living quarters at the back of the structure. The size of a community is determined by how many doors the longhouse has as this is an indication of how many families live there. Being raised, cool air circulates underneath the floor of the dwelling and livestock take shelter underneath. This provides protection while keeping the building cool. Longhouses are traditionally built from timber since most of the inhabitants are rural indigenous people who live in or near the forest.

The Ibans were once warring headhunters of Borneo. The way of war was the only way for survival and prosperity. Now, most Ibans are devout Christians but they still continue to observe their traditional ceremonies and festivals. They are also one of the most friendly and hospitable people. Visitors are always welcome and be made to feel like family almost immediately. Sharing of homemade rice wine called ‘tuak’ is a symbolic gesture to extend their heartfelt welcome to their guests. Many of them are happy to share with visitors their culture and experiences. If you are lucky, they may even show you the skeletons of their enemy’s heads!

DAY 1 (LUNCH/DINNER)
Pickup from Kuching International Airport or Kuching City Town and proceed for the Lemanak River Iban Longhouse Safari. The whole journey will takes about 4 hours. Enroute, stop at Serian Town to visit the native market and also to buy some souvenirs such as foodstuffs for the folk of the longhouse we are going to visit. Lunch will be at Lachau rest stop. Upon arrival, at the jetty of Lemanak River, proceed by motorized longboat travelling upriver to reach the longhouse. The upriver trip will take about 30 minutes to an hour depending on the water lever and during dry season, you might need to get down into the river to push the boat thru certain part of the river. Upon arrival at the longhouse, you will be welcomed by the villagers and proceed to check in to the longhouse. Afterwards, tour the longhouse with the tour guide and see the livehood of the longhouse folks. Dinner will be prepared and served by the tour guide at the longhouse. After dinner, proceed to the ruai (verendah) of the longhouse to meet the headman and mingle with longhouse folk and also handover the gifts bought earlier at Serian Town. This is where you will learn about the cultures and lifestyle over the bottle or town of tuak (rice wine). Ngajat ( traditional dances) will be performed where you are most welcomed to join the fun. Overnight at the longhouse.

DAY 2 (BREAKFAST/LUNCH)
After breakfast ( prepared and served by guide), witness the blowpipe demonstration and cock fighting, a favourite pastimes of the natives of Sarawak. Afterwards, proceed for jungle walk and learn about edible and medicinal plants and also see how the natives set their animal trap. Afterwards, pack up and transfer by longboat back to jetty and the overland transfer to Kuching with lunch enroute at Lachau rest stop at Serian Town. Arrival at Kuching late afternoon and proceed to Kuching International Airport or hotel for check in.

Includes:
– 1 nights accomondation guesthouse in longhouse
– All transfers, tours and meals as per itinerary
– GST 6%
– SIC basis if less than 8pax. Tour fare valid till 31 December 2016 and based on minimum 2 adults only

Excludes:
– Airfare, personal expenses, high season Surcharges & travel insurance.
– Suggested tipping for guide/driver @ RM30 per pax for the whole trip
– Items nit mentioned in itinerary and any upgrade to higher category room(s)

Tour Fare:
Adult @ RM 901.00 per pax
Child @ RM 710.20 per pax

DAY 1 (LUNCH/DINNER)
Morning, depart Kuching four 4 hours leisure drive to the Lemanak Jetty. There will be two stop-over along the route, 1) Serian- a predominantly Dayak Trading Town, 2) at Lachau for lunch. The journey passes through scenic countryside of rice fields, rubber, cocoa, peper and oil palm plantations, which intermingle with luxuriant tropical rainforest, rivers and mountain ranges. Upon arrival at the river jetty, proceed by motorized longboat going upriver against the many rapids, paddling and poling in the clear water of the Lemanak River underneath and cool thick overhanging jungle foliage for about 45 minutes to reach Lemanak longhouse and check in at the guesthouse. Upon arrival at the longhouse, you will be welcomed by the villagers and proceed to check in to the longhouse. Tour the longhouse, watch the natives at work such as making mats, baskets, handicrafts and mending fishing nets. Join the natives in their daily chores like feeding the livestock, washing clothes, swim in the river or just relax by the riverbank. After dinner, return to the longhouse for social gathering with “Tuan Rumah”(Headman), the longhouse dwellers and presentation of gifts. “Tuak” (a potent rice wine) will be served and there will be more cultural performances (where you can partake) before retiring for the night at the guesthouse.

DAY 2 (BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER)
After breakfast, witness cockfighting and blowpipe demonstration. Proceed by the longboat further up the Lemanak river negotiating more rapids and tricky bends, fishing, making a few stops to collect jungle produce and picnic lunch in native style at the riverbank. Visit another longhouse, drift down the river by paddling and poling in the clear water, cross the native suspension bridge, return to the longhouse for dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 3 (BREAKFAST/LUNCH)
After breakfast, return by longboat to the jetty, then by land transfer to Kuching with lunch enroute.

Includes:
– 1 nights accomondation guesthouse in longhouse
– All transfers, tours and meals as per itinerary
– GST 6%
– SIC basis if less than 8pax. Tour fare valid till 31 December 2016 and based on minimum 2 adults only

Excludes:
– Airfare, personal expenses, high season Surcharges & travel insurance.
– Suggested tipping for guide/driver @ RM40 per pax for the whole trip
– Items nit mentioned in itinerary and any upgrade to higher category room(s)

Tour Fare:
Adults @ RM 1038.80
Child @ RM 820.44

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