Malaysia

2-Day Mongkos Bidayuh Tribe Homestay

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Tour type

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Budget

Tour Period: 2 Days

tour highlights

  • Soak up typical Bidayuh hospitality in the village of Mongkos
  • Explore a traditional longhouse
  • Learn about the Bidayuh way of life from villagers
  • Enjoy local dances & music in a longhouse
  • Venture on village trails to a riverside picnic spot

tour details

The village of Mongkos, which is located near the Sarawak-Kalimantan border, is a thriving rural community and home to one of the few remaining traditional longhouses of the Bidayuh tribe in Sarawak. Although traditionally all the Bidayuh communities lived in longhouses to protect themselves against their enemies, today most Bidayuh settlements consist of individual houses surrounding the traditional longhouses. Kampong Mongkos is known for the very typical Bidayuh hospitality.

Pick-up from Kuching city and transfer to Kampong Mongkos (103 km/~2 hrs.) through rural scenery, passing pepper gardens and rice fields, with an en-route stop at the local market in the town of Serian. A local lunch will also be served in Serian or at Ranchan Pools (10 min. drive from Serian), before you proceed to Mongkos Bidayuh village.
Upon arrival at Mongkos village, witness a welcome dance at the village corporate house followed by check-in to your village homestay. After which we will visit the 24-doors traditional longhouse which is made of wood and bamboos. You will be guided through this longhouse and learn about its history, including stories from the 'Confrontation', the undeclared war between Malaysia and Indonesia that ran from 1962-1966. Then take a stroll around the village, meet local villagers and learn about the Bidayuh way of life.
We will also visit another traditional longhouse within this vicinity before evening falls.
After a sumptuous dinner, follow your guide on a stroll along this village to meet some of the local communities to learn more of this tribes culture before your retire for your night.

Overnight at the village homestay

Meals included:Lunch
Dinner
09:00 hours
After breakfast venture on a guided walk along the village trails to reach a riverside picnic spot with a mini waterfall. Experience hands-on how native lunch is prepared with simple natural "pots" made of bamboo, leaves and other local ingredients.
After lunch walk back to the village to visit some farms. Many of the residents of Mongkos are farmers. Rice (seasonal), pepper, rubber and a range of local vegetables are cultivated in the vicinity of this village.
Check-out & transfer back to Kuching.

Meals included:Breakfast
Lunch

customise the tour

  • Addon to visit Semenggoh Orang Utan Centre
  • Extend vacation to Miri and Mulu
  • Extend vacation to Sabah
  • Extend vacation to Peninsular Malaysia

includes

  • 1 night accommodation in shared twin room with fan and 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

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

notes

  • This tour can be combined with a visit of Semenggoh Orang Utan Centre at an additional surcharge.
  • Please travel light for the overnight at Kampong Mongkos. Suitcases can be stored at your hotel in Kuching.
  • The homestay rooms are in individual family houses dotted around the longhouse. The rooms are on twin-share basis and are fitted with fans. Toilets and shower are on shared basis in these detach-houses.
  • Certain parts of the tours on offer are provided by independent third parties, such as airlines, hotels, transport operators and local tourist offices. Diethelm Travel is therefore not responsible for any loss, injury or damage caused thereby to the tourists, including those occurring outside of the normal touring programmers. Additional expenses incurred due to delay, accident, natural disaster, political actions and unrest shall be borne by the tourists.
  • We advise that due to frequent flight changes, delays and cancellations by the various domestic airlines and trains we cannot fully guarantee that the proposed itinerary can be carried out as planned. Based on our experience, changes of departure times and/ or cancellations can occur at very short notice even after confirmation of a flight has been received. The same applies for train travel: Schedule changes occur frequently; often without prior notification. In case of schedule changes or flight cancellations we always try everything possible to arrange an alternate programme within the framework of the original quoted costs. However, we reserve the right to charge any cost exceeding the original budget to the tour operator/ travel agent or to the participant of a tour after consultation with the agent.
  • Programmers, prices, services and conditions are based on those valid at the time of proposal submission and are subject to change thereafter without advance notice until all services have been paid in full.
  • For air ticket reservations, we require the guests' full names AS THEY APPEAR IN THEIR PASSPORTS including passport details. Airfares and reservations are always subject to change.
  • Please be advised that prices may be adjusted periodically in case of fuel price increase by our suppliers and hotel room availability at time of booking
  • This is a quotation only and reservation for services has not been made nor has availability been checked.

    WHAT TO BRING:
  • Backpack
  • Loose-fitting summer clothing
  • Swimwear
  • Sun hat/ cap
  • Sun block
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal toiletries
  • Flat walking shoes with good grip
  • Raincoat
Tour code: PKKCMB2B

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