2-Day Batang Ai Deluxe: group retreat

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Tour type

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 2 Days

tour highlights

  • Soak in the beautiful natural surrounds in Batang Ai
  • Visit a charming local market & a pepper farm
  • Enjoy the comforts of Batang Ai Resort
  • Board a longboat to cruise to an authentic longhouse
  • Watch a traditional war dance of the Iban tribe

tour details

Located close to the border of Kalimantan, Batang Ai means “main waters” & refers to the days of tribal wars. You’ll discover that fierce battles & headhunting raids occurred in Batang Ai, yet today the area is peaceful and home to about 30 Iban longhouses & the Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat. The resort sits on the shore of the scenic Batang Ai Lake, amid lush rainforest. You’ll depart from Kuching with stops at the local market in Serian & a pepper farm. After arriving at Batang Ai Lake, you’ll board a boat & cross the lake to the Batang Ai Resort. The next day, board native longboats & venture upstream to an Iban longhouse where you’ll see Ibans perform a traditional war dance in full ceremonial regalia, followed by a typical native lunch.

Pick-up from Kuching city hotel for a 290 km journey with en-route stops at the local market in the town of Serian, a stop to observe wild orchids and pitcher plants at the roadside and also a visit of a pepper farm. Lunch will be provided in Lachau, a small upcountry Chinese village.
After lunch you will proceed to arrive at the beautiful Batang Ai lake. Here, you will board a ferry/boat for 30 minutes ride across the lake to reach the Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat. After check-in, the rest of the day is free at leisure to use the many facilities of the resort.

Overnight at Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat, Standard Room.

Meal included: Lunch
After breakfast, the day starts with a fascinating visit of the former headhunters of Borneo! The journey to the longhouse involves a ride on a traditional Iban longboat. Upon arrival at the longhouse, you will be taken for a tour around the longhouse, to meet the natives and their families. The Ibans will sound their gongs and perform their traditional war dance in full ceremonial regalia. One is often invited to join in'85..don't be shy'85.it can be fun'85even if you don't understand their language. Don't leave without tasting their rice wine "tuak". A native lunch will be served in the longhouse.

Transfer back to Kuching.


Transfer back to Kuching.

Mean included: Breakfast
Lunch

includes

  • 1 night accommodation in shared twin room with air-condition (AC) and private bathroom
  • Meals as stated in the programme B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner
  • Transfers and tours with local English-speaking driver guides in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees and/or boat fees as stated in the programme
  • Drinking water available on the vehicles
  • Package includes GST 6% (Good and Service Tax)

excludes

  • Domestic airfare and/or International airfare to/from Malaysia (quoted separately, if requested)
  • Optional tours
  • Surcharges for other language guides
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme
  • Gifts for the longhouse

notes

  • This tour can be combined with a visit of Semenggoh Orang Utan Centre at an additional surcharge.
  • Even if the package is booked on private basis, certain services may be on shared basis in order to minimise impacts on the natural environment or if other circumstances require so.
    These services include boat transfers in Batang Ai, as well as boat transfers & activities in the longhouse.
  • Please travel light for the overnight at Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat. Suitcases can be stored at your hotel in Kuching.
  • It is customary to bring some gifts for the Iban longhouse people, which can be divided by the number of families. Our guide can assist you during one of the stops en-route to buy some suitable presents.
    This custom is only applicable to Iban longhouse tours.
Tour code: KCHDS2DBDJ18

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