A highlight for many visitors to Sarawak is a stay with one of the tribes in a traditional longhouse, home to many families under one roof. Sarawak has over 40 ethnic groups, each with its own traditions, culture and language. The Iban tribe (also known as Sea Dayaks because of their history as pirates and fishermen) were once feared as head hunters, but are now better known for their traditional weavings, silver craft, wood carvings, beadwork and friendly nature.
The accommodation is in the Iban’s rustic longhouses, most equipped with some modern facilities such as electricity. There will be a designated guest mattress with mosquito net and the family will provide you with dinner and drinks.
Mattress and mosquito net.
It’s traditional to bring presents to share with the villagers. You will stop at a local market on the way but best to bring something from home if you can. Postcards work well as they are cheap, easy to carry and are a good talking point. Please avoid taking sweets for the children.
If you have any questions regarding our Borneo tours, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965
The tour was excellent. Really well organised at short notice. It was all that we expected. Have already recommended Reef and Rainforest to friends. Danum Valley was the best – close up views of Orangutans, numerous frogs and birds we hadn’t seen before. A monitor lizard in the river by our lodge was about 6 inches long and quite a surprise.