3-Day Sarikei Iban Longhouse Adventure: group discovery

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Tour type

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Budget

Tour Period: 3 Days

tour highlights

  • Enjoy a fun ride in an express boat to Sarikei division
  • See a vibrant native market
  • Explore a native longhouse and meet the Iban tribe
  • Observe a traditional war dance of the locals
  • Join in with the Iban families in their daily activities

tour details

Meet the Ibans, previously known for head hunting and with a fearsome reputation as strong warriors. Today they are found throughout Kalimantan, Brunei & Sarawak, living mostly in longhouses by the rivers. You’ll depart from Kuching, by express boat to Sarikei division. You’ll then explore the native market before you proceed to an Iban longhouse. Enjoy a guided tour around this longhouse to meet the Ibans & their families. Later, you’ll watch as the Ibans sound their gongs & perform their traditional dance. Next, set off for a nature walk passing through farmlands to arrive at a jungle waterfall. You’ll swim & relax while native lunch is prepared, then head back to the longhouse & join some of the Iban families in their activities. Head back to Kuching after your last breakfast.

Meet at the lobby of your city hotel in Kuching and transfer by air-conditioned vehicle (20 minutes' drive) to the express boat wharf. From here you will depart by express boat for a 3.5 hours ride to Sarikei division, accompanied by your tour guide.
Upon arrival in Sarikei, your guide will bring you for a brief walk through the native market before lunch is served at a local caf'e9/restaurant. After lunch, depart by car/van (45 minutes) to reach an Iban longhouse. This longhouse consist of 45 families (approximately 300 people) living under one roof and was build out of the hardest tropical wood (iron wood) in 1955. Upon arrival, you will be taken on a guided tour around this longhouse to meet the Ibans and their families and join them in their daily chores. Late afternoon, you can feel free to swim in the cool mountain stream located just in front of the longhouse.
Dinner in the longhouse, after which, the Ibans will sound their gongs and perform their traditional dance.

Overnight at the longhouse (simple accommodation).

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

Meals included:Lunch
After breakfast, set off for a nature walk passing through farmlands such as rice fields, pepper farm, fruit orchards, etc., before you arrive at a waterfall. Swim and relax while native lunch is prepared. Afternoon, return back to the longhouse the same way.
After tea break, join some of the Iban families in their activities such as rice wine brewing, mat weaving, cooking (activities are according to what is happening in the village and may vary from time to time).

Overnight at the longhouse (simple accommodation).

Meals included:Breakfast
Breakfast in the longhouse and time to say goodbye. Transfer by car/van from the longhouse to Sarikei town.
Early lunch at Sarikei town before boarding the express boat for your journey back to Kuching.
Upon arrival at Kuching's express boat wharf you will be transferred by air-conditioned vehicle to your hotel in Kuching city.

Meals included:Breakfast


  • 2 nights accommodation in the longhouse 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
  • Package includes GST 6% (Good and Service Tax)


  • 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


  • This tour package is only valid from 01. March until 31. October in order to avoid rough sea conditions during monsoon season.
  • Even if the package is booked on private basis, the express 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 overnights at the longhouse. Suitcases can be stored at your hotel in Kuching.
  • Due to basic living conditions in the longhouse, be prepared for some discomfort. You will be provided with mattress, mosquito net, pillow, blanket, clean linen and towel. Simple sanitary facilities are available.
Tour code: KCHDS3DSILJ

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