Heritage Trail to Iban Longhouse

2 nights escorted tour

Price from: £299pp

In Sarawak, the Iban tribes people form the largest percentage of Sarawak’s population and in times past were reputed to be the most formidable headhunters on Borneo. Today, they are generous, hospitable and placid people with a deep spiritual connection to the rainforest. Unlike other tribes who hunt and move around every few days, the Iban are settlers who live in communal longhouses lying along the main rivers and their tributaries. Often housing as many as 20 or 30 families, the longhouses are usually wooden structures built on stilts, with one side sectioned off into a row of separate rooms and the other used as an open social area. 

This amazing short tour provides a real insight to the tribes, allows you interact with your hosts and learn about their daily lives.

Sri Aman 1 night
Iban Longhouse 1 night

Day 1 Kuching/Sri Aman: Travel by road (4 hours) to Sri Aman Division, stopping to visit a native market in Serian and, if time allows, also a pepper plantation before reaching Lachau, a small up-country Chinese village, where you enjoy lunch. Continue to Sri Aman and this afternoon, take a guided stroll around Sri Aman town, visiting Fort Alice and the century old Tze Yin Khor Chinese temple.

Day 2 Sri Aman/Iban Longhouse: After breakfast, join your guide for a visit to a nearby native market. Later, travel onwards by road for 1½ hours and then board a longboat for a 45 minute journey along the river to the longhouse. If weather permits you’ll stop enroute so your Iban guide can cook you lunch. On arrival at the longhouse meet the Ibans and their families and this evening join them as the prepare dinner. Later, you’ll be treated to a war dance in full ceremonial regalia.

Day 3 Iban Longhouse/Kuching: After breakfast, join in a blowpipe demonstration with your guide before saying goodbye to the Ibans. Transfer by longboat to the jetty and continue by road back to Kuching, with a stop enroute for lunch.

What you need to know

Departures: Daily from Kuching for a minimum of two passengers.

Accommodation: Seri Simangganong in Sri Aman for 1 night; and Iban longhouse for 1 night.

Meals: Breakfast & lunch. Dinner is also included on day 2.

Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes return travel from Kuching, two nights accommodation, boat transfers, activities at the longhouse, entrance fees and services of an English speaking guide.

Note: A good level of fitness is required for the tour, especially on day 2, and it is therefore not recommended for the less mobile.

At the Iban longhouse you can expect simple but clean facilities with accommodation in a communal room. Bedding and towels are provided with a separate block offering cold showers and toilets, which are in the middle of the jungle. With walls made of bamboo, there is little privacy and no electricity, so bring a torch and perhaps some earplugs.

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