3-Day Batang Ai Deluxe

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Tour type

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 3 Days

tour highlights

  • See a vibrant local market & a pepper farm
  • Enjoy the many comforts of Batang Ai Resort
  • Cruise in a local longboat to a longhouse of the Iban tribe
  • Marvel at a traditional war dance of the former headhunters
  • Take a nature walk atop a canopy bridge

tour details

Batang Ai (meaning “main waters”) refers to the days of tribal wars. You’ll learn that fierce battles & headhunting took place here. Today, the area is peaceful and home to about 30 Iban longhouses as well as the Aiman Batang Ai Longhouse Resort & Retreat next to the scenic Batang Ai Lake amid lush rainforest. You’ll depart Kuching with stops at a local market in Serian and 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 and venture upstream to an Iban longhouse. Here, you’ll see Ibans perform a traditional war dance in full ceremonial regalia. After enjoying a native lunch, you can take a nature walk including a canopy bridge before enjoying some leisure time.

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.

Meals 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.....don't be can be fun...even 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.
Return to the Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat.
In the afternoon you have the option to venture on a nature walk including a canopy bridge (subject to weather conditions). The rest of the day is free at leisure.

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

Meals included:Breakfast
After breakfast at the resort, take the ferry across the lake and transfer back to Kuching with an en-route stop for lunch.

Meals included:Breakfast


  • 2 nights 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


  • 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, 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 overnights 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.
  • What to Bring
    Loose-fitting summer clothing
    Sun hat/ cap
    Sun block
    Insect repellent
    Personal toiletries
    Flat walking shoes with good grip
Tour code: KCHDSBAD3P19

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