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
We have now arrived back in the UK after a truly memorable Borneo holiday. The tour…was fantastic, we saw a great range of wildlife…It is a tie between the wild orang-utan and the grazing elephants as to the highlight of the holiday. The guides were excellent…The tour has left us with two problems: how can we afford to have all our film developed and where do we go on holiday next year? Thanks for arranging a great holiday.