At Menyang Tais longhouse you can explore the forests of Batang Ai & experience Iban village hospitality.Menyang Tais Longhouse
Day 1Depart by air-conditioned van for Batang Ai reservoir. Journey through rural Sarawak, passing pepper gardens, cocoa and rubber plantation. En-route, a few stops will be made. Visit the colorful native market in Serian town. Visit a pepper garden and stop by to view wild orchids and several species of pitcher plants. Lunch en route. Upon arrival at the Batang Ai reservoir, proceed by longboat to the longhouse jetty. Learn about the jungle before calling in at the longhouse. Upon arrival at Menyang Tais longhouse, be a guest of the village chief. In the evening, relax on the "Ruai" (common verandah) and spend time with the Iban people. Overnight in the longhouse.
Day 2Following breakfast, depart for a short jungle walk around the village area or visit one of the local farms nearby. Return to the longhouse and continue by longboat to Batang Ai reservoir jetty, then overland. Lunch is taken en route. Proceed to Kuching and drop off at hotel.
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Menyang Tais is a contemporary, living, Iban Longhouse located on the Ulu Ai River, a 4.5 hour drive and 40 minute boat journey from Kuching (Kucing) the capital of Sarawak.
At Menyang Tais, the natural rythms of life continue much as they always have for the Iban tribe, living along the river banks deep into the forested interior of Borneo, but have adjusted to the modern era. This is not a museum piece artificially maintained in a foregone era for the amusement of tourists. This is how Iban people really live in the 21st century... but you are still welcome to visit and share a genuine experience.
The longhouse roof is now made from corrugated zinc, not atap, and electricity is provided by generators. Many of the fishermen's boats have outboard motors, and television aerials can be seen towering over the roof on high poles.
Price From: RM810/person