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Ulu Ai Nanga Sumpa LonghouseTour Code: KCHNS3
Duration - 3 Day/2 Night
Depart Kuching by air-conditioned van for Batang Ai reservoir situated about 4 1/2 hours away. You will travel through rural Sarawak, passing pepper gardens, cocoa and rubber plantation. En-route, a few stops will be made. Visit the colourful native market in Serian town where a variety of jungle produce such as edible ferns, bamboo shoots and unusual tropical fruit are on display. Visit a pepper garden and stop by to view wild orchids and several species of pitcher plants. A stop will be made for lunch en route (lunch not included in price). Upon arrival at the Batang Ai reservoir, proceed by longboat about 1 to 2 hours upriver to Nanga Sumpa which is recognised as one of the region's best examples of village based tourism. Michael Palin of Monty Python fame, has also been a visitor to Nanga Sumpa Longhouse.
The longhouse is situated just by the banks of the river and upon arrival, the village headman or one of his people will welcome you to the longhouse. The Iban are legendary when it comes to good hospitality and you will be immediately made welcome to their home. You can hold conversations with them through your guide, and learn their way of life and maybe even experience some of it for yourself. You can also take a stroll on the grounds and take in the simple, relaxed lifestyle that is longhouse living.
Following breakfast, hike the jungle trails along the river. Your destination is the scenic Enseluai Waterfall. There are a number of ways to reach the waterfall - the quickest route will take you about an hour. A longer route will take you about three hours. Your guide will explain the different options to you prior to departure, and your itinerary for the day determined on the spot. Time to relax, swim, explore the rainforest and have lunch or try fishing Iban-style. Return to the lodge. Dinner is served in the lodge with local delicacies to enhance the meal. After dinner, visit to the longhouse. Woven blankets and handicrafts are available for display upon request and may be purchased directly from the longhouse people. This is also another form of income for the inhabitants. Visitors can purchase these items, usually things like rattan mats, pua kumbu, bamboo crafts, beads, pottery, wooden carvings and so on. Prices are quite reasonable but visitors are free to negotiate with the families selling the items. (Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner included)
Tours to Ulu Ai can be arranged for periods of up to 5 days, including other longhouses in
the region. Please contact us for details.
|Tour Code||Destination||Duration||Inclusions||1 Person||2 People||3 People|
|KCHNS3||Nanga Sumpa Longhouse||3 Day/2 Night||Full Board |
Photograph courtesy of Borneo Adventure and Phil Youdale