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Sarawak Longhouse

Sarawak, Malaysia
ui, duration, time, clock, watch 1 day to 3 days
Effortless to Beginner
best Best time to go: All months

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Longhouse Day Trip with Kayaking
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Longhouse Day Trip with Kayaking

1 day Max: 60 guests
Semenggoh Wildlife Centre
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The Rucksack

The Rucksack

10 years experience
From 73.13 USD
Nature Community Trek
PRIVATE TRIP

Nature Community Trek

1 day Max: 5 guests
Backyard Tour

Backyard Tour

4 years experience
From 75.58 USD
Longhouse Discovery via Kiri River
PRIVATE TRIP

Longhouse Discovery via Kiri River

1 day Max: 6 guests
DK

Desmond Kon

10 years experience
From 84.79 USD
Longhouse Day Trip
PRIVATE TRIP

Longhouse Day Trip

1 day Max: 6 guests
JC

James Chee

10 years experience
From 86.38 USD
Mongkos Longhouse Day Trip
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Mongkos Longhouse Day Trip

1 day Max: 6 guests
DK

Desmond Kon

10 years experience
From 86.38 USD
2-day Longhouse Trip
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2-day Longhouse Trip

2 days 1 night Max: 5 guests
Bidayuh Longhouse
1 Highlight
Backyard Tour

Backyard Tour

4 years experience
From 133.74 USD
2-day Longhouse Trip with Kayaking
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2-day Longhouse Trip with Kayaking

2 days 1 night Max: 60 guests
Semenggoh Wildlife Centre
Bidayuh Longhouse
2 Highlights
The Rucksack

The Rucksack

10 years experience
From 171.28 USD
3-day Longhouse Trip
PRIVATE TRIP

3-day Longhouse Trip

3 days 2 nights Max: 5 guests
Bidayuh Longhouse
Borneo Rainforest
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Backyard Tour

Backyard Tour

4 years experience
From 183.55 USD
2-day Longhouse Trip to Batang Ai
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2-day Longhouse Trip to Batang Ai

2 days 1 night Max: 8 guests
Batang Ai Iban Longhouse
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Ooo Haa

Ooo Haa

9 years experience
From 188.95 USD
3-day Longhouse Trip to Batang Ai
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3-day Longhouse Trip to Batang Ai

3 days 2 nights Max: 6 guests
Borneo Sandakan

Borneo Sandakan

10 years experience
From 364.40 USD
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What you should know

How do I get there?

All the trips start from Kuching (which can be reached by flight from most of the major airports in Malaysia, and a few international ones such as Singapore). The providers will provide transport from your hotel in Kuching to the longhouse. The time and mode of transportation depends on the option but it could vary anywhere from 2 to 7 hours and range from car to longboat.

Do I need to go with a guide?

A good guide in this instance is like a cultural (and actual(!) as some tribes do not speak English OR Bahasa) interpreter. Although most longhouse residents are very welcoming, it’s only fair to show respect by observing their rules while in their homes. A guide will help you do that as well as provide a rich background on the life style and history of the tribe.

Do I need to train up?

You should be able to handle a few hours of moderate intensity walking or hiking for some of the activities that include hikes to waterfalls.

What's the best time to go?
The best months to visit are All months
We recommend the above period because you would have all year round.
How much time do I need?

Depends on the option chosen - you could choose to visit some longhouses on a day trip or you could choose to stay overnight at some of the more remote longhouses.

What's the difference between the options?

Mongkos Longhouse: This is a perfect option for someone with limited time and looking to see a well preserved longhouse structure in an authentic environment which is not too far away from Kuching. The 2 day option will give you a little more time with the residents of the longhouse as well as an opportunity to explore the surrounding nature.

Longhouse Discovery via Kiri River: This is a wonderful way to get the feeling of a long river expedition (without having to take too much time) and see an authentic longhouse at the end of your journey. The 2 day option gives you an opportunity to spend a night in modest yet welcoming homes of the locals and get to know them better.

Batang Ai Longhouse This one is a long journey from Kuching and is for travellers who are looking for something more remote. We actually love the journey as it gives a great overview of the Sarawak landscape. It also lets you experience moving over land and water. The longhouse hosts are more accustomed to entertaining, so spending the night will mean an interesting evening! The accommodation for this option is definitely the most comfortable of all of them. The 3 day option will give you a bit of a break from the travel.

Community Trek This is a great option for someone looking to get in a bit of trekking and nature seeing along with experiencing the native tribe life. The 2 day option will also allow you to learn a few more skill such as bamboo cooking.

Any tips for what to do in the area?

Kuching is a great place for food. Try Sarawak Laksa at Foody Goody or Fat Cat in a suburb of Kuching or Chong Choon in city center.

Is there anything else I should know?

Please note that all prices exclude Malaysian Tourism tax of RM10 per room per night. This only applies to non-homestay and non-dormitory accommodation. We totally get you - it's a bother to have to consider this extra charge all the time. We're looking to see if the providers can incorporate this into the price so please be patient with us.

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