Visit at Ukum Longhouse - 3 days

Tour Details & Information - Individual Private Tour, Tour Code: MD-KCH-05

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Begin of Tour Kuching (Sarawak) - Lachau - Ngemah Ukum (L/D)

Iban girl with traditional garb © Sarawak Tourism BoardIban girl with traditional garbStart the journey to Ngemah Hilir Longhouse inthe earl morning. The onhouse is situated 250km from Kuching. Make a few stops on the way. The town of Serian is known for a market with local fruits and vegetables. A short visit at a pepper farm and roaside stops to see wild orchids and pitcher plants. The last stop will be in Lachau, a small village with mainly Chinese inhabitans. Lunch at Lachau. The village is also the last opportunity to buy gifts for the Iban tribe. Continue your way to the longhouse after lunch. Take a local longboat from Batang Ai jetty to cross the lake. After you reach the longhouse welcome by the Iban families. Connect with your hosts while dringking coffee and tea. Celebrate together with the families when they perform traditional dances after dinner. Admire their ceremonial regalia during the performance and share stories afterwards. Traditional tuak rice wine will be served during the party. Overnight at lonhouse.

Day 2: Ngemah Ukum (B/L/D)

fire place © ABTfire placeWake up very early with the Iban families and start today's program after breakfast. A short hike will take you to the rice fields and pepper plantations near the settlement. Your guide will the Iban's methods of planting and harvesting. Return to the longhouse before you take a longboat to the neighbouring school. The ride upriver will take 40 minutes. Learn more about how the Iban children are supported in their efforts for a proper education. Depending on the schedule you may be allowed to sit in the classroom. Return to the river and ride downriver. A traditional lunch will be prepared on the river banks. Afterwards continue to Sungai Tutong River and walk through the jungle to reach a small waterfall (ca. 15 min each way). You will have to walk in the steam because there are no walkways (bring along suitable shoes). Relax at the waterfall and return to the longhouse in the afternoon.

Day 3: Ngemah Ukum - Lachau - End of Tour Kuching (Sarawak) (B/L)

Longboats Sarawak © Sarawak Tourism BoardLongboats SarawakBreakfast at the longhouse with a weapons and blowpipe presentation afterwards. Board a native longboat for the ride back to Batang Ai jetty and transfer back to Kuching. Lunch on the way at Ranchang Pool near Serian.

Rates, Hotels & Information

Options Comfort
Rate per person On request
Based on individual private tour, min. 2 travellers in double/twin room
Changing or adapting this tour to match your personal needs, interests and wishes is, as always, possible. Please contact us! Group rates (closed groups only, min. 4 Pax) on request.
Single Supplement On Request
Single Traveller On Request
Hotels for this Tour
(Changing the hotels according to your wishes is no problem!)
LocationComfort Hotels
Ngemah UkumNgemah Ukum Longhouse

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Information, Services, Remarks

Kuching (Sarawak) / Kuching (Sarawak)

Hotel/Airport Transfers:

Transfers are inclusive from and to above mentioned airports and hotels of the immediate area.

Services (included):

Private tour
English speaking guide
Air-conditioned car with driver
Accomodation: DBL room hotels (or similar)
Transfers, Entrance fees as per itinerary
Meal Plan as stated:
2x Breakfast 3x Lunch/Lunchbox 2x Dinner

Not included

Own expenses
Additional services (marked 'optional' above)
Programme not mentioned above
Season Surcharges
Presents for Iban families

Important Remarks:

Important information: All programmes and transfers by boat are on seat-in-coach base (group). You may be in a small group with other people.
Min. 2 Persons. Single traveller rates on request.
- Accomodation at the longhouse is very simple. You will stay at the ruai and a mattress, mosquito nets and sheets will be provided. Toilets and bathrooms are available but very primitive.
- The nights are very short at the longhouse and usually ends before first light.
- You can bring clothes, notebooks, pens, postcards and pictures from your hometown as presents for the Iban families. As your guide how many families live at the longhouse during your stay.
- Use a waterproof bag for your personal belongings.
- What to bring: Sarong, flashlight or headlamp, raincoat, towel, sandals, insect repellent, sunscreen
- The visit at the school is not possible during holidays and on the weekends. There will be other activities with the Iban.

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During the dry season severe haze caused by wood fires in Borneo and Sumatra can possibly affect this region. Please keep yourself updated using the ASEAN Regional Haze Situation Center.