Iban Longhouse and Batang Ai Luxury
Experience the local life at the Delok Longhouse! Meet the locals, listen to their stories and try out local delicacies. Walk in the forest to see beautiful flora and fauna, maybe you will spot the Orang Utan, swim in the river and enjoy a local BBQ at the riverbank. In three days you get the opportunity to learn more about the culture in an exciting way.
Pick up from your hotel. Drive 275km to Batang Ai. Few stops will be made along the journey. First stop will be at Serian town. Serian town's highlight is the native market. Explore the market to identify some jungle products such as local vegetables and fruits. After lunch, continue the drive to Batang Ai jetty. Upon arrival, proceed by the longboat for 1 hour across Batang Ai Reservoir to Delok Longhouse. Meet the longhouse chief and check in at host family room. Dinner will be at the host family room/chief. Enjoy the evening and relax at Ruai (communal veranda). Listen to stories of the Ibans and learn about their cultures. (Lunch & Dinner)
Destination of the day is Jelia River which takes 20 minutes boat ride from the longhouse. The highlight activity is to trek to one of the trails. Jelia is very well known by the locals as a home of the Orang Utan. Nests sometimes can be spotted. Walk in one of the oldest forest in Sarawak is an amazing experience for life. Long tail/ Short tail macaques are occasionally seen in this area. There are varieties of birds that can be seen/heard such as eagle, kingfisher, Asia paradise fly-catcher, pheasant and some other tropical birds. Learn about plants that are used by local for (handicraft, food, medicine). Swimming is available in the river / small waterfall after the trek. You may participate in preparing local BBQ lunch at the riverbank. Return to the longhouse in the afternoon. We will dropby the longhouse to collect your luggages and proceed to the Aiman Batang Ai Resort for your overnight here. Free and easy afternoon at the resort where you can enjoy the swimming pool, the spa, or go on the afternoon jungle walk organised by the hotel (at own expense). (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
After breakfast, transfer by boat to Batang Ai terminal for our return journey to Kuching. Lunch will be provided en-route at a local restaurant. Arrive in Kuching in the late afternoon. (Breakfast & Lunch)
THINGS TO BRING: Please bring hat, water bottle, insect repellant and sun blockBorneo Eco Tours is moving towards a plastic-free environment, so, please join our movement by bringing your own refillable water bottle during your time with us.
Tours and transfers, accommodation and meals specified, entrance fees and English speaking guide.
Domestic airfare, camera fee and items not mentioned.
Note on Travel Insurance
Customers are encouraged to purchase their own travel insurance before travelling to Borneo. We recommend you to select a travel insurance policy that covers not only your medical expenses (including emergency repatriation) but also personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage. Doing so can prevent major disruptions and additional costs.
MYR 1944 per person
Single supplement: MYR 195 per person
High season surcharge: MYR 40 (July & August)
Rates are valid from 01 April 2018 till 31 March 2019.
My husband and I did a 13 day tour with Borneo Eco Tours from Kuching to Mulu to Kota Kinabalu to Sepilok to Sandakan. Our personal highlights were staying with the Iban in a traditional longhouse, Mulu National Park (the Marriott there is spectacular), and Sukau River basin. From snorkeling with clownfish to seeing orangutans and pygmy elephants in the wild, we were amazed by the wildlife! If only they would stay out in the open for photos! The trip was a bit taxing since visiting Sarawak and Sabah required multiple domestic flights and hours of driving overland, but we knew that when we booked the tour. For the most part, our guides spoke very good English and we weren't too rushed (my husband loves to take photos!). I would recommend Boreno Eco Tours!
erineo2016, United States, September 2016