Sarawak Longhouse Tour: Lemanak River (2D/1N)

Sarawak Longhouse Tour: Lemanak River (2D/1N)

Go native and get a glimpse of tribal life in Sarawak!


This package offers you the chance to experience life with the indigenous Iban tribe deep in the interior of Sarawak! Get a glimpse of how their lifestyle has remained simple and relatively untouched by the fast and frantic pace of human development.

Day 1: Kuching to Lemanak River

Your adventure begins with a drive from Kuching towards the interior of Sarawak, through a land almost entirely untouched by urban development. The tropical rainforest countryside is interspersed with agriculture: paddy fields, pepper gardens and rubber plantations. Your trip to Lemanak River includes a stop at a farmers' market in Serian and a visit to a pepper garden. Lunch will be a simple introduction to local cuisine at a roadside bazaar along the way.

A longboat ride awaits you upon your arrival at Lemanak jetty in the afternoon. Cruise along the river and admire the scenery as you wind your way to your destination, the Iban longhouses of either Serubah or Nanga Kesit. Freshen up at the guesthouse and settle down for a lovely dinner featuring fresh jungle produce. Then, get better acquainted with the natives and see how an entire village dwells under one single roof. An evening of tribal entertainment is laid out for your enjoyment, including traditional dance, music and games. Be sure to join in the reverie and toast the night away with a glass of tuak, a local rice wine, with the longhouse chief!

Day 2: Lemanak River to Kuching

Wake up among the Iban by the banks of Lemanak River. Watch an interesting and unique demonstration of a traditional Iban weapon, the blowpipe, then try your hand at it! Round out your visit with a walk through the forest with Iban trackers dressed in their traditional gear to learn about the traditional uses of rainforest plants in Iban culture. Finally, bid goodbye to this quaint, warm tribe of people as you make your way back Lemanak River towards Kuching.

Serian farmers' market

Iban longhouse

Iban culture

Blowpipe demonstration

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