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5 Days / 4 Nights
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Sarawak Explorer is a perfect combination of nature and culture.

In Batang Ai you will have the change to come in contact with the native Iban people 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.

The tour features also the scenic Bako National Park and Semenggoh Nature Reserve, where injured or orphaned orangutans are trained to survive in the forest.

  • Get up close and personal with the Orangutans in Semenggoh Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Learn about Iban’s culture and traditions and experience the daily life of the local people.
  • Explore Bako National Park with its extraordinary natural scenery, habitats, plants and wildlife
  • Relax and unwind at Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat - the ideal gateway for travellers seeking serenity, mindfulness and relaxation.
Day 1
Arrive Kuching
Day 2
Bako National Park
Day 3
Semenggoh Nature Reserve - Batang Ai
Day 4
Iban Longhouse
Day 5
Depart Batang Ai

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
  • Tourism Tax (RM 10 per room/night)

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 1Arrive Kuching - City Tour - River Cruise

Meet at Kuching airport or hotel and proceed for half day City Tour and Kuching River cruise.
The highlights are Kuching’s Chinatown, the Cat Statue (Kuching means “Cat” in Malay), the colourful Tua Pek Kong Chinese Temple, the Civic Centre Viewing Platform and the world famous Sarawak Museum.

Return via the golden -domed City Mosque and passing through Old Kuching, crammed with spice dealers and textile shops. Pass by the heritage buildings of the White Rajah era, the Pavilion, the Square Tower, the Court House, the Charles Brooke Monument and the Post Office.

After the city tour proceed for a 1-hour pontoon river cruise. Admire the passing scenery that unfolds along the banks and discover daily life of the colorful Malay villages along the river. See the City Mosque, the Astana, Fort Margherita and the Kuching Waterfront.

Overnight at the hotel in Kuching

Day 2Bako National Park

This morning you will be driven for about 1.5 hours to Bako Village where you will board the boat to Bako National Park. The cruise takes approximately 30 minutes (depending on the tide).

Bako offers a mix of coastal scenery, teeming rainforest and abundant wildlife. Sarawak’s premier wildlife location is one of the best places in Borneo to see proboscis monkeys. Other wildlife seen include leaf monkeys, long-tailed macaques, wild boars, flying squirrels, monitor lizards and several species of birds.

The park’s flora is rich and diverse and includes mangroves, strangling figs, carnivorous pitcher plants and symbiotic ant plants. Unique geological features mark the coastline, whilst well-marked trails lead to rugged jungle-covered hilltops and secluded beaches.

Overnight at the hotel in Kuching


Day 3Semenggoh Nature Reserve - Batang Ai

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 visit Semenggoh Nature Reserve to see orangutans at their feeding time. This nature reserve provides a safe haven for rehabilitated orangutans who have been rescued from captivity.

Another stop will be at the Serian farmer’s market and visit a pepper garden. Lunch at Lachau village and then travel by boat across the lake to Aiman Resort.

Overnight at the Aiman Resort


Day 4Iban Longhouse

After breakfast venture deep into the Iban land by longboat.
The journey will take across the lake into the Engkari River, one of the many tributaries flowing into the lake.

On arrival enjoy a cultural performance by the inhabitant of the longhouse followed by a blow pipe demonstration. After lunch free time at leisure, to explore the longhouse at your own pace.

Overnight at the Aiman Resort


Day 5Depart Batang Ai

After breakfast head back to Kuching. Drop off at the airport.