3D2N Lemanak Longhouse Safari

What you will see on holiday in Asia

Highlights: Lemanak River

  from RM 1,128/
  What you get
  • Stay: 2 Night
  • Meals: 2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 2 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


Morning, depart Kuching for 4 hours leisure drive to the Lemanak Jetty. There will be two stop-overs along the route, Serian a predominantly Dayak trading town, at Lachau for lunch. The journey passes through scenic countryside of rice fields, rubber, cocoa, pepper and oil palm plantations, which intermingle with luxuriant tropical rainforest, rivers and mountain ranges. Upon arrival at the river jetty, proceed by motorized longboat going upriver against the many rapids, paddling and poling in the clear water of the Lemanak River underneath the cool thick overhanging jungle foliage for about 45 minutes to reach Lemanak Longhouse and check-in at the guesthouse. Upon arrival at the longhouse, you will be welcomed by the villagers and proceed to check-in to the longhouse. Tour the longhouse, watch the natives at work such as making mats, baskets, handicrafts and mending fishing nets. Join the natives in their daily chores like feeding their livestock, washing clothes, swim in the river or just relax by the riverbank. After dinner, return to the longhouse for social gathering with “Tuan Rumah” (headman), the longhouse dwellers and presentation of gifts. “Tuak” (a potent rice wine) will be served and there will be more cultural performances (where you can partake) before retiring for the night at the guesthouse.

Day 2


After breakfast, witness cockfighting and blowpipe demonstration. Proceed by longboat further up the Lemanak River negotiating more rapids and tricky bends, fishing, making a few stops to collect jungle produce and picnic lunch in native style at the riverbank. Visit another longhouse, drift down the river by paddling and poling in the clear water, cross a native suspension bridge, return to the guesthouse for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3


After breakfast, return by longboat to the jetty, then by land transfer to Kuching with lunch enroute.

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01Feb’20 – 31Dec’20





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

Travel Period: Now ~ 31 Dec’ 2020


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


  • Domestic air ticket
  • Tipping RM 50 /pax
  • Travel Insurance


  • 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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