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Embark on a memorable 3-day adventure in Sarawak's Batang Ai, including meals, transfers and accommodation in a traditional longhouse resort. This small-group tour offers a unique opportunity to discover Malaysia’s indigenous heritage as you immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of the local Iban people. Cruise along the Engkari River, hike through the jungle (optional) and tour an authentic longhouse, then enjoy typical dance and music entertainment, including a blowpipe demonstration.


  • 3-day adventure from Kuching to Sarawak's Batang Ai
  • Relax on a boat ride along the Engkari River and soak in the tropical scenery
  • Enjoy an authentic experience of the Iban tribe lifestyle at Mengkak Longhouse
  • Watch cultural performances and demonstrations on the locals’ daily activities
  • Stay overnight in a traditional longhouse resort managed by Hilton
  • Your expert guide will ensure a personalized and enlightening experience
  • Lunch, all boat rides and round-trip hotel transport by air-conditioned van or coach included

What You Can Expect

3-Day Small-Group Sarawak Tour from Kuching: Longhouse Experience in Batang Ai

Traditional Iban Longhouse

Day 1: Kuching -- Lachau -- Lubok Antu -- Batang Ai (L, D)
You’ll be picked up from your Kuching hotel in the morning and taken on a comfortable 4.5-hour journey through Malaysia’s scenic countryside, passing quaint towns, villages, paddy fields and plantations.

Sop for lunch in Lachau and hop on the ferry in Lubok Antu on your way to the Batang Ai Longhouse Resort, where you’ll have dinner and enjoy an overnight stay. Before dinner, you have the option to take a 1-hour nature walk (own expense) through a nearby jungle and spice garden.

Overnight: Batang Ai Longhouse Resort (managed by Hilton) in Batang Ai

Day 2: Batang Ai (B, L, D)

Start your day with breakfast at your hotel. Around 9am, you and your guide will board a boat on the Engkari River and journey along crystal-clear streams and through an amazing rainforest.

When you arrive at Mengkak Longhouse, you’ll be welcomed by a cultural performance by the Iban tribe, including gongs and a traditional war dance. You will then be taken on a tour of the longhouse, a long and narrow house consisting of several rooms, and meet the Iban families living there.

Enjoy lunch on the riverbank and watch the natives perform a demonstration of their blowpipe, an ancient weapon used for hunting large wild animals. Then, enjoy free time at your leisure to relax or explore more on your own. You’ll be taken back to the resort for dinner.

Overnight: Batang Ai Longhouse Resort (managed by Hilton) in Batang Ai

Day 3: Batang Ai -- Kuching (B, L)
After breakfast, depart for Kuching via the same route as your arrival and stop for lunch at a small roadside town. You’ll arrive back at your Kuching hotel in the evening.

Customer Reviews


1 star rating: I do not recommend this April 2014

We began with the 5+ hour ride on extremely rough roads to the Hilton, where one can get a room and breakfast for $89.
You are basically getting a one day Long House Tour which the hotel sells for RM 195, about $50 and a one day ride to and from the hotel. A total rip off.

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