2D1N Lemanak Longhouse Safari

What you will see on holiday in Asia

Highlights: Lemanak River

  from RM 928/
  What you get
  • Stay: 1 Night
  • Meals: 1 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 1 Dinner
  • Transport: SIC

Kuching is a perfect destination for you to explore Sarawak in Borneo, especially if you are travelling with children for the holidays.
Kuching is a perfect destination for a traveller to start exploring Sarawak in Borneo, especially if you travel with children and are aware of responsible travel.

Kuching, the capital of Sarawak, which stretches across a strip along the north and east coasts of Borneo, Kuching means "cat" in Malay and the city bills itself “the Cat City.” Kuching’s identity, superficially anyway, is tied up in a cat obsession. There are a number of large cat sculptures in the city center, and there’s even a museum dedicated entirely to the common house cat.

From the Brooke dynasty (failed trader and adventurer James Brooke and his descendents ruled the state as white Rajahs from the 1840s until 1946), the tribal populations, and the historically recent influx of Chinese immigrants, the state of Sarawak actually has a pretty rich and bizarre history.

Kuching is a nice town offering a wide range of good museums – maybe among the best in Malaysia - start with the Sarawak State Museum. It’s housed in a nice 19th-century colonial building and has a good selection of cultural artifacts from the Melanau and Dayak tribes, and some good natural history displays. Across the road, the Islamic Art Museum is a little musty, but the former madrasa (school) that contains it is interesting and there are some beautiful pieces. Further afield, the Sarawak Cultural Village in Damai (about 45 minutes from downtown Kuching) is a kind of living tribal museum. You can walk through actual re-sited long and tall houses and see how various Melanau and Dayak crafts and foodstuffs were made.

An exploratory walk through Kuching’s old downtown won’t furnish you with facts, but it’s a nice way to get a feel for life among the city’s large Chinese population. A good route takes you west across the nicely landscaped waterfront, down to diminutive Fort Margherita. Past the fort, where the esplanade ends, there is a strikingly decrepit old wet market with rows of tiled counters stretching toward corners covered over in vines and roots that have grown up through the floor. Just a bit further on is what appears to be a vacant storehouse with a fully grown tree bursting through a hole in its roof. Across the street is a stretch of wonderfully old Chinese shop houses that used to comprise downtown Kuching. Circling back toward the new city center through the streets behind the waterfront road, you’ll find more charming architecture and a pleasant neighborhood atmosphere. Closer to the new downtown is the historic Hong San Si temple, which was built in 1848 but has seen substantial renovations since.

Nature and wilderness – proboscis monkeys, orang-utans, turtles,birds, big spiders..- are easily accessible at less than one hour, as well as nice and quiet beaches.

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Day 1

ARRIVAL KUCHING (L/D)

Pick up from Kuching International Airport or Kuching City Town and proceed for the Lemanak River Iban Longhouse Safari. The whole journey will takes about 4 hours. Enroute, stop at Serian Town to visit the native market and also to buy some souvenirs such as foodstuffs for the folk of the longhouse we are going to visit. Lunch will be at the Lachau rest stop. Upon arrival, at the jetty of the Lemanak River, proceed by motorized longboat traveling upriver to reach the longhouse. The upriver trip will takes about 30 minutes to an hour depending on the water lever and during dry season, you might need to get down into the river to push the boat thru certain part of the river. Upon arrival at the longhouse, you will be welcomed by the villagers and proceed to check-in to the longhouse. Afterwards, tour the longhouse with the tour guide and see the livelihood of the longhouse folks. Dinner will be prepared and served by the tour guide at the longhouse. After dinner, proceed to the ruai (verandah) of the longhouse to meet the headman and mingle with longhouse folk and also handover the gifts bought earlier at Serian Town. This is where you will learn about the cultures and lifestyle over a bottle or town of tuak (rice wine). Ngajat (traditional dances) will be performed where you are most welcomed to join the fun. Overnight at the longhouse.

Day 2

DEPARTURE KUCHING (B/L)

After breakfast (prepared and served by guide), witness the blowpipe demonstration and cock fighting, a favorite pastimes of the natives of Sarawak. Afterwards, proceed for jungle walk and learn about edible and medicinal plants and also see how the natives set their animals trap. Afterwards, pack up and transfer by longboat back to jetty and the overland transfer to Kuching with lunch enroute at Lachau rest stop or at Serian Town. Arrival at Kuching late afternoon and proceed to Kuching International Airport.

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Per person rate in RM$

2D1N LEMANAK LONGHOUSE SAFARI – SIC

 

Hotel Category

Validity

Adult

Child

Single

Twin Sharing

With Bed

No Bed

Guesthoust at Longhouse or similar

01Feb’20 – 31Dec’20

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928

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738

Booking Period: Now ~ 31 Dec’ 2020 (Minimum 2 adults to go)

Travel Period: Now ~ 31 Dec’ 2020

Includes:

  • Return transfers based on SIC basis
  • 1 nights’ stay at guesthouse
  • Sightseeing, meal and entrance fee as indicated at itinerary

Excludes:

  • Domestic air ticket
  • Tipping RM 40 /pax
  • Travel Insurance

Remark:

  • Subject to peak season & public holiday surcharge
  • Valid for MALAYSIAN only

Update: 03 Aug 2020

Peak season and public holiday surcharge may apply for certain dates.

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