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Bidayuh Longhouse - Tour from Kuching

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Duration: 3 hours
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  • Learn about the communal society of the Bedaub tribe
  • Relax in a traditional longhouse, which has sheltered Malaysia's native tribes for centuries

The Bidayuhs, formerly known as the Land Dayaks during the era of the Brookes' and British colonial rule, constitute the second largest of the 25 native tribes of Sarawak. Anah Rais is a large Bidayuh village and is one of the many longhouses that dot the Sarawak landscape. For the urban dweller, the longhouse offers a fascinating glimpse into how the natives in Malaysia continue to live.

Many families live under one roof and follow a traditional and communal way of life which is still largely untouched by modern civilization. Located about 100 kilometres from Kuching and quite close to the Indonesian border, the longhouse comprises 100 doors or families. Situated on a hillside next to a clear stream, Ana Rais is a popular destination because of its scenic surroundings and its size, which is large even by Sarawak's standard. Enjoy the warm hospitality of the friendly natives.

Itinerary

This tour is available in two options – coach and private. The private option offers you greater flexibility and you can spend as much or as little time at any of the places that you visit. Unlike the tight schedules of coach tours, the private option allows you to do the tour at your own pace.

You will be picked up from your hotel in Kuching and taken for an exciting half day tour to a Bidayuh longhouse to experience the uniquely traditional life of Malaysia’s native tribes.

The two-hour drive will take you through the lush and scenic countryside, through rubber trees and paddy fields before arriving at a Bidayuh Longhouse, nestled on the edge of the rainforest. You will be introduced to the many families from the same tribe who live together in the longhouse, sharing a long outer communal room and open verandah made largely of bamboo where daily household chores are jointly done. See the Baruk which is a congregation place for the Bidayuh warriors. It is a circular room and looks a little like a pavilion. Artistic bamboo carvings adorn most of the interior of the longhouse.

After this, you will visit a cone-shaped pepper garden for a first hand look at the pepper vines.

At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back at your hotel in Kuching.

Please note
Please call the tour operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to reconfirm the departure details.
Please note that a surcharge of MYR 30 (Approx. 8.57 USD) per person applies for pick-up from Damai Beach.
Pick-up time is 30 minutes earlier than the standard pick-up time.
Inclusions
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Coach/ private vehicle transportation
  • Guide
What happens after I book?
  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance
Activity schedule
When does it run?
Daily
Duration
3 hours
Start time
0900h (09:00am)
Meeting point
Your hotel in Kuching.
(Please mention your hotel name and address at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
For Private tours, please also mention your preferred start time.
Ending point
Your hotel in Kuching
Sale price
$123.23
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Additional information
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

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