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

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

et a glimpse of Sarawakian tribal life and relax in the luxurious comfort of Hilton's lakeside getaway!


This package offers you the best of both worlds – the chance to experience life with the indigenous Iban tribe deep in the interior of Sarawak and a rejuvenating stay at Hilton's unique tropical lake resort. Take a break from the fast and frantic pace of modern life and discover the simple pleasures of life!

Day 1: Kuching to Lemanak River
to Batang Ai Longhouse Resort

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. See how an entire village dwells under one single roof and watch an interesting and unique demonstration of a traditional Iban weapon, the blowpipe, then try your hand at it!

Bid goodbye to the Iban as you return down river and head towards the Batang Ai jetty, where you are taken across the beautiful Batang Ai Hydro Lake to your destination, the Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse Resort. Unwind and end your day by relaxing at this unique resort.

Day 2: Depart Batang Ai Longhouse Resort

Start your day with a wonderful breakfast as you enjoy the view of the lake from the resort. The mists that occasionally shroud the lake in the morning is quite a breathtaking sight. Pamper yourself at the resort till it is time to return to Kuching just before noon.

Serian farmers' market

Iban longhouse

Iban culture

Blowpipe demonstration

Batang Ai Lake

Batang Ai Longhouse Resort

It is customary to bring along some gifts, like foodstuff, cigarettes, fruits and drinks, when one pays a visit to the longhouse. These gifts are usually presented to the headman who will distribute these items amongst his community.

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Thank you very much for wonderful and trouble free holidays.
- Jan Eliason, Sweden