5 Days 4 Nights Kuching City & Iban Longhouse Back to Nature Package ~ Sarawak
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Arrival – Kuching City & Shopping Tour
Upon arrival at Kuching International Airport, meet and greet by our friendly representative and proceed for KUCHING CITY & SHOPPING TOUR. Kuching, the Capital of Sarawak, is a cosmopolitan city and this is reflected in the faces on the street. It is city centre which is well preserved with ornate Chinese Temples, The Astana, and City Tower, colonial-style architecture, beautiful waterfront and a number of interesting museums, including the famous Sarawak Museum. Other places of interest include the famous landmark of the City, the Cat Monument, Market, Main Bazaar, China Town, Old State Mosque & etc. Kuching is a good destination to shop for souvenir such as woodcarvings, “Pua Kumbu” with native design and Pepper products. Sarawak Bird’s Nest Factory and Local Product Centre are also one of the famous destinations to buy souvenirs which can be found in Kuching. After tour, transfer to City Hotel of your choice for check in and overnight
Traditional Iban Longhouse Safari (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Breakfast at the hotel, morning check out from the hotel and proceed for TRADITIONAL IBAN LONGHOUSE SAFARI. A village of 20 – 25 ‘bilek’ or rooms (each for one family) all under one roof of a long stretch wooden house standing on stilts. The expedition will begin with a 4 hours car ride passing through the scenic greenery countryside. The vast land on both side of the road are can be seen dotted with vegetable farms, padi fields, rubber, pepper, oil palm and cocoa plantations which generated some of the top revenue earner crops of Sarawak. En route you will have a brief stopover at small native town called Serian for a chance to experience the busy daily wet market and witness some of the rare jungle produce brought by the native from the deep jungle to sell to the town folks. Another en route for a brief lunch break at ‘Lachau’ – small popular ‘cowboy’ town for Indonesian natives from the nearby Kalimantan border town to do barter trade without proper document. You could do your last minutes shopping for the visiting gift to present to your Iban host. The car ride will end at a river bank where a further native longboat ride will take you upstream. The journey varies depending on the water level of the river and which longhouse from 20 mins to nearly an hour. Poling under trees bending protectively over the river and shooting rapids (during dry season, you might be required to get down and help the boatman to drag the boat for a short distance) before arriving at your destination. Upon arrival at the longhouse, you can tour around the longhouse while the ‘semi-wild’ boars and hunting dogs running nearby. You can mingle with the longhouse folks & talk about their daily activities and the communal style of living at the longhouse or share your side of the story. Cool off and relax yourself in the river is one of the best thing to do after the whole long journey. After dinner, you will be led to the longhouse again. The Iban maidens and ‘warriors’ will perform a welcome dance while ‘tuak’ – the locally brewed rice wines are served as welcome drink. Overnight at IbanLonghouse’s Guesthouse
Longhouse Activities – Nature Walk (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
After breakfast, you will be invited to watch the demonstration of one of the Iban favorite gambling game – ‘cock fighting’ and using of the blowpipe will be held at the open space. The is a chance for you to try on this popular leisure game and polish your skill of using the deadly weapon – ‘blowpipe’. Afternoon proceed for nature walk. You will be then be brought back to the river bank to proceed for a short car ride and another 20 mins boat ride across a man-make lake that will bring you to the luxury longhouse resort. Check in at the Hilton International Batang Ai Longhouse Resort. For those who have more energy to spare can join the Nature Walk led by the in-house ‘naturalist’. The 2 km jungle trekking will bring you into the unspoilt jungle nearby the resort to learn about plants and animals that enable the native to survive without modern facilities. There will be a 60 meters long ‘canopy walk’ hanging 30 metres above the ground and a 40 metres high platform to enable you to enjoy a good bird eyes view of the surrounding. Lunch & Dinner is provided. Overnight at the Hilton Batang Ai Resort
Sarawak Pottery Factory (Breakfast / Lunch)
After breakfast, check out and transfer to visit SARAWAK POTTERY FACTORY. You will be fascinated by the delicate and creative work involve by the skillful artists. This is a chance for you to get a typical Sarawak ceramic and native handicraft or “must buy items” to bring back as a souvenir or gifts for friends, family members or personal collection. Lunch enroute. Transfer to city hotel of your choice for check in and overnight.
Departure – Kuching Airport (Breakfast)
Breakfast at the hotel and free at leisure until check out from the hotel and transfer to Kuching International Airport for your departure flight.
* 02 night accommodation at City Hotel as your choice * 01 night accommodation at Iban Longhouse’s Guesthouse * 01 night accommodation at Hilton International Batang Ai Longhouse Resort * 04 Breakfast, 03 Lunches & 02 Dinners * Guided Kuching City & Shopping Tour, Traditional Iban Longhouse Safari and Sarawak Pottery Factory. (All guided tours are included of entrance fee) * Airport – Hotel – Guesthouse – Resort – Hotel – Airport return transfers * Experienced English / Mandarin / B.M. speaking guide. (On request) * Advisable to pack a light overnight bag for stay in longhouses, national parks, jungle, beaches and caves
Airfare, Airport Tax, Suggested Tipping for guide/driver @ min. RM 5 per pax per day, Optional Tour, Travel Insurance & Personal MISC Expenses
* S.O.T. = Suggest Optional Tour is chargeable. (Accordingly to the tour tariff list rate)