Longhouse Experience

Batang Ai, Borneo, Malaysia

Borneo is still home to a number of indigenous tribes. Spend some time with the Iban tribe, learning about their history and way of life. Your visit will take you to the Iban longhouse, where once the whole community would have slept under one roof.

Venture up the Lemanak River in a longboat to reach the Iban's longhouse. Whilst the tribe's way of life may have changed somewhat with modern times, there are still many traditional beliefs and practices which have been passed down through the generations (although visitors will perhaps be relieved to know that the tribal sport of headhunting is no more!).

During your time with the tribe, you will have the opportunity to witness a traditional dance, and maybe even learn some moves yourself! You may also be able to sample some of their home-made rice wine, which can be surprisingly palatable.

If the weather permits, you will enjoy a native lunch by the banks of the river, or inside the longhouse if it is rainy. Take a short trek through the rainforest before boarding the boat home.

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