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Annah Rais Borneo Longhouse Homestay

Borneo Longhouse Homestay Adventure
Follow in Ben Fogle’s footsteps for a homestay adventure at Annah Rais, deep in the Bidayuh Heartland (2D1N or 3D2N)
Authentic Bidayuh (Land Dayak) longhouse | Homestay with the longhouse folk | Nature trek to spectacular jungle waterfall | Natural jungle spa | Tuak (local wine) tasting | Traditional music & dancing (3D2N only)

''This is almost the opposite of the headhunting stories of old. It is a very peaceful, tranquil place''

 – Broadcaster & Adventurer Ben Fogle

Take part in the Annah Rais Longhouse Homestay Adventure from only RM650.

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Introduction

Bidayuh Ladies, SarawakAnnah Rais is one of the few fully intact surviving Bidayuh (formerly Land Dayak) longhouses, built almost entirely out of bamboo, and it is certainly one of only a handful that don’t require an arduous trek to get there. The local people grow traditional hill-paddy along with a few cash crops, and still practice many ancient traditions, including blacksmithing, the crafting of fine musical instruments, and the brewing of excellent tuak (local wine) from rice and a variety of tropical fruits.

The residents of Annah Rais are also renowned for their warm hospitality – a homestay visit to the longhouse, combined with a trek to remote farms and scenic waterfalls, is certain to be a highlight of your stay in Sarawak. If renowned broadcaster and adventurer Ben Fogle was impressed with the Annah Rais Experience, we’re sure you will be too.

Tour Itineraries

Tour Itinerary - 2 Days 1 Night

Day 1 – Kuching – Semenggoh Orang Utan Centre – Annah Rais Longhouse – Jungle Waterfall (L D): Pick up from hotel at 08:15 and proceed to the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre to observe the semi-wild Orangutans during feeding time (09:00 – 10:00). Over 20 rehabilitated and locally born Orangutans roam this forest reserve, and many still return for extra feeding at the stations. Continue through padi fields and pepper farms to Annah Rais, a well-preserved Bidayuh (Land Dayak) longhouse. Welcome drink will be served upon arrival. Check in and meet your homestay host family.

After a short briefing, take an easy trek through tropical rainforest to the spectacular Biduan Waterfall (2 hours), observing local flora & fauna, fruit trees, rice farms, vegetable gardens and smallholdings along the way. Your experienced local guide will explain about the surrounding jungle and how the locals make use of the natural resources. Enjoy the unique (if wobbly) experience of crossing rivers on traditional bamboo bridges. After a cooling swim at the stunning 3- tiered waterfall, enjoy a picnic lunch then trek back to the longhouse.

On your return, take a guided tour of the longhouse to meet the villagers, experience the longhouse way of life and learn about local culture. Join the host family for dinner, followed by a wine-tasting session, trying various varieties of the local tuak (rice or fruit wine), accompanied by a video presentation on Bidayuh history and culture. Overnight in the family homestay with basic but clean and comfortable accommodation and facilities.

Day 02 – Farm Visit & Farewell (B): After breakfast with your host family, take a short walk to a nearby farm to see local crops like tapioca, yams, ginger and bananas and taste the local sugar cane. Return to the longhouse for check out, then proceed to Kuching and drop off at your hotel (or airport for flight out).

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Please quote Product Code ISW-001-21

Tour Itinerary - 3 Days 2 Nights

Day 1 – Kuching – Semenggoh Orang Utan Centre – Annah Rais Longhouse (L D): Pick up from hotel at 08:15 and proceed to the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre to observe the semi-wild Orangutans during feeding time (09:00 – 10:00). Over 20 rehabilitated and locally born Orangutans roam this forest reserve, and many still return for extra feeding at the stations. Continue through padi fields and pepper farms to Annah Rais, a well-preserved Bidayuh (Land Dayak) longhouse. After a traditional lunch, take a guided tour of the longhouse to meet the villagers, experience the longhouse way of life and learn about local culture. Join the host family for dinner, followed by a wine-tasting session, trying various varieties of the local tuak (rice or fruit wine), accompanied by a video presentation on Bidayuh history and culture. Overnight in the family homestay with basic but clean and comfortable accommodation and facilities.

Day 02 – Jungle Waterfall & Hot Springs (B L D): After breakfast with your host family, take an easy trek through tropical rainforest to the spectacular Biduan Waterfall (2 hours), observing local flora & fauna, fruit trees, rice farms, vegetable gardens and smallholdings along the way. Your experienced local guide will explain about the surrounding jungle and how the locals make use of the natural resources. Enjoy the unique (if wobbly) experience of crossing rivers on traditional bamboo bridges. After a cooling swim at the stunning 3-tiered waterfall, enjoy a picnic lunch then trek back to the longhouse, stopping at the Annah Rais Hot Springs. This natural jungle spa is fed by geothermally-heated crystal clear mountain water, perfect for washing away grime and easing tired muscles. After dinner, enjoy a cultural show with traditional Bidayuh music and dancing. Try your hand at playing the ancient brass gongs and other unusual percussion instruments. Overnight in family homestay.

Day 03 – Farm Visit & Farewell (B L): After breakfast with your host family, take a short walk to a nearby farm to see local crops like tapioca, yams, ginger and bananas and taste the local sugar cane. Return to the longhouse for a farewell lunch with your host family, then proceed to Kuching (45 mins – 1 hour) and drop off at your hotel (or airport for flight out).

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Please quote Product Code ISW-001-32

What's Included in the Price?

The tour price is based on a minimum of 2 persons travelling together on a twin-sharing basis unless otherwise indicated. Please enquire for detailed pricing, extensions and large group rates. Check the small print for our terms and conditions.

Tour Price Includes: 

  • Accommodation  as indicated
  • Meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Transfers to/from Kuching city hotels
  • Transfers from Damai Beach are subject to a RM30 surcharge.
  • English/Malay-speaking tour guide.
  • Entry fee to Semenggoh Wildlife Centre

Tour Price Does Not Include

  • Flights to/from embarkation point
  • Tipping for guides, drivers and boatmen
  • Alcoholic beverages (except those poured as part of the wine tasting on day 1)
  • Gifts for longhouse residents. Your guide will advise.

Note: Weather conditions and the water level may force our guides to modify the tour in the interests of safety. No refunds will be offered for any tour or extension sold.

Payment Methods

International Payment Methods:

  • 5% surcharge for payment by PayPal, Visa and Mastercard – we will email you a PayPal invoice that you can use to pay either from your PayPal account or by Visa or Mastercard.
  • Telegraphic Transfer – TT (bank wire) in Malaysian Ringgit to our bank account. You are responsible for all originating bank charges. 

 Domestic Payment Methods (for Malaysian customers and overseas customers already in Malaysia)

  • 5% surcharge for payment by PayPal, Visa and Mastercard – we will email you a PayPal invoice that you can use to pay either from your PayPal account or by Visa or Mastercard.
  • Online transfer to our bank account. 
  • Cash deposit to our bank account at any Maybank Counter/Cash Deposit Machine. 
  • By cheque (Malaysian cheques only, payable to “Suntravel Sdn Bhd”) at any Maybank Counter or Cheque Deposit Machine or by mail to the address shown on the page footer (please allow up to 7 days for clearance). 
  • By cash in person at our Kuching office. 

Bank Details 

  • Bank:  Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank)
  • Branch:  Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Account No:  011 038 810 818
  • Account Name:  Suntravel Sdn Bhd
  • SWIFT Code (for telegraphic transfers):  MBBEMYKL

Notes 

  • When you deposit to our bank account via cash or cheque, please ensure that you retain the deposit slip and email the scanned image to sun@suntravelborneo.com as proof of payment.
  • If using online transfer, please state your name and invoice number in the comments area.
  • If paying by telegraphic transfer, please note that Malaysian banks do not use IBAN codes. Please ensure you include the SWIFT code.

Hints & Tips

  • You will need to bring the following items; light & comfortable clothing, torchlight, raincoat or poncho, slippers/sandals, trekking shoes, sun hat,  swimwear, personal toiletries, personal medicine (ointment, pain killers, etc.), insect repellent, sun lotion, camera with extra batteries to last the trip (as you may not be able to recharge).
  • There is no guarantee of hot water in the longhouse. Be prepared for cold showers, or bathe in the river like the locals do.
  • The cockerels usually crow all night. If you are a light sleeper, bring some earplugs. We recommend the soft foam type, available from most pharmacies.
  • Mosquito nets are supplied. However, you should cover up or apply mosquito repellent to prevent getting bitten in and around the longhouse.
  • It is extremely impolite to refuse any food or drink by waving it away. If you are full or don’t like the look of something, just touch the offered plate or glass with your fingers.
  • The wine (tuak) is usually stronger than it appears.
  • Please don’t give any money, sweets or gifts to children. Anything you may wish to donate should be passed to the longhouse chief for equal distribution amongs all families. Your guide will advise.
  • Please carry small change and low value notes to buy drinks and souvenirs.
  • If you are vegetarian/vegan or have any food allergies, please let us know when you book so we can make the necessary arrangements.

Photo & Video Credits

All photos and videos on this page are © Sarawak Tourism Board, were taken in or around Annah Rais and are a fair representation of what you may expect to see.

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