2-Day Batang Ai Longhouse Homestay

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Tour type

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Budget

Tour Period: 2 Days

tour highlights

  • Explore a pepper farm and a local market in the town of Serian
  • Ride a native longboat across Batang Ai Lake
  • Meet the friendly people of the Iban tribe
  • See a traditional war dance of the former headhunters
  • Join in a blowpipe demonstration with the locals

tour details

Batang Ai (literally “main waters”) refers to the days of tribal wars, when fierce battles & aggressive head hunting raids took place in the area. Today, you’ll discover that Batang Ai is the peaceful home to about 30 Iban longhouses set amidst lush rainforest and dotted along the Batang Ai river and its tributaries. Your adventure begins when you depart from Kuching with stop-offs to visit the local market in Serian & a pepper farm. After arriving at beautiful Batang Ai lake, you’ll travel by native longboats to the longhouse to meet the Ibans & their families. You’ll later see how dinner is prepared & then watch the Ibans sound their gongs & perform their war dance in full ceremonial regalia. The next day, join in a blowpipe demonstration with your guide before heading back to Kuching.

Pick-up from your hotel in Kuching 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 beautiful Batang Ai lake. Here, you will board native longboats for about 45 minutes on the lake. After arrival you will be taken up to the longhouse to meet the Ibans and their families and have a tea break.
In the evening, you may choose to join your guide when preparing the dinner. See how, with simple cooking utensils and local ingredients, a delicious meal can be prepared.
After dinner the Ibans will sound their gongs and perform their war dance in full ceremonial regalia.

Overnight at the longhouse (very simple accommodation).

Basic accommodation in the communal hall of the longhouse with mosquito net, mattress, pillows and blanket provided.

Meals included:Lunch
After breakfast join in a blowpipe demonstration with your guide. Longboat ride and transfer back to Kuching with lunch included en-route.

Meals included:Breakfast


  • 1 night accommodation in the communal room of a longhouse with shared sanitary facilities
  • 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


  • 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


  • This tour can be combined with a visit of Semenggok Orang Utan Centre at an additional surcharge.
  • Even if the package is booked on private basis, the boat transfers & activities in the longhouse may be on shared basis in order to minimise impacts on the natural environment
    or if other circumstances require so.
  • Please travel light for the overnight at the longhouse. Suitcases can be stored at your hotel in Kuching.
  • Due to primitive conditions in the longhouse, be prepared for some discomfort. You will be accommodated in the community area of the longhouse with no privacy. A mattress, mosquito net, pillow, blanket and clean
    linen will be provided. Simple sanitary facilities are available. Pets like cats and dogs might be encountered in the communal hall of the longhouse and livestock such as chicken or pigs are roaming freely within the longhouse compound.
  • 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.
  • What to Bring
    Loose-fitting summer clothing
    Sun hat/ cap
    Sun block
    Insect repellent
    Personal toiletries
    Flat walking shoes with good grip
    Torch or flashlight
Tour code: KCHDSBAL2P19

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