Batang Ai and Iban Longhouse Adventure

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Iban Longhouse and Batang Ai Adventure is the perfect cultural trip to come in contact with the native people of Sarawak and visit their tribal villages.

Formerly known as Sea Dayaks, the Iban people are famous for their head-hunting past, their massive ironwood longhouses, their ornate body tattooing and their genuine hospitality.

On this tour you will spend a night the Longhouse with the local people and one night at the ethnic-style resort on the shore of Batang Ai lake.


  • Spending a night in a Iban Longhouse is one of the most unique cultural experiences in Malaysian Borneo.
  • Learn about Iban’s culture and traditions and experience their daily life. In the past Ibans were renowned for practicing headhunting, and had a fearsome reputation as a strong and successful warring tribe.
  • Enjoy the famous Warrior Dance of Sarawak's Iban tribe while tasting the “Tuak”, a traditional rice wine and an essential offering during the rituals and ceremonies.
  • Relax and unwind at Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat - the ideal gateway for travellers seeking serenity, mindfulness and relaxation.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1
Kuching - Lemanak River
Day 2
Lemanak River - Batang Ai
Day 3
Batang Ai - Kuching

What's Included

  • Accommodation for the nights listed in the itinerary
  • All internal transport as per the itinerary
  • Sightseeing tours / activities where specified
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Meals full board

Is this your ideal tour?

This tour is suitable for conscious travellers who wish to learn more about the culture and daily life of the Iban people.

Nowadays most longhouses in Sarawak are busy, modern farming communities, and people wear practical clothes like jeans and T-shirts when they are at work. Traditional costumes and headdresses are usually only worn for special festivals like gawai dayak, gawai antu and wedding.

Although the Iban people have experience modernization, their culture and their traditions are still very much intact in their remote villages.


Day 1Kuching - Lemanak River - Longhouse

Meet at Kuching airport or hotel and travel for about 4.5 hours through a lush and green countryside dotted with padi fields, pepper gardens and rubber plantations, and flanked by rugged jungle-clad mountains. Enroute stop at the Serian farmer’s market and visit a pepper garden. Lunch at Lachau village and then venture deep into the Iban land by longboat.

Arrive at the longhouse and visit the “entire village under one roof.”
Enjoy a tribal dinner made with fresh jungle produce and witness the traditional Iban dances.

Overnight at the Iban Longhouse
You will be spending your night at the ruai (the longhouse common room). As for the washroom/toilet facilities you will be sharing with the Ibans.


Day 2Lemanak River - Batang Ai

After breakfast, enjoy a blowpipe demonstration and try shooting one yourself. Then take a short walk around the vicinity of the longhouse to learn about the traditional uses of plants in Iban culture and observe the longhouse resident go about their daily routine. A traditional Iban lunch will be serve by the riverbank if weather permit. This will give you a chance to taste food cook by using bamboo.

After lunch make your way down river before going overland to Batang Ai. Upon arrival at Batang Ai Jetty you will proceed for another 15 to 20 minutes boat ride across the hydro lake to the Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat.

Overnight at the Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat.


Day 3Batang Ai - Kuching

Breakfast at the Resort. Depart for Kuching via the same route. Lunch is served en route.