Menyang Tais is 17-door Iban longhouse located a 20-30 minutes boat ride from the Batang Ai reservoir jetty. The longhouse is home to approximately 80 people and is one of four longhouses at Batang Ai with which Borneo Adventure has long-standing community partnership. A trip to Menyang Tais offers the visitor a chance to learn about Iban culture and traditions. Visitors sleep in a bilik or family ‘apartment’ of a host family in the longhouse.
A range of activities such as farm visits, jungle trekking and upriver excursions are available. The immediate vicinity of the longhouse is surrounded by farmland. The main crop is hill rice and the villagers also plant various fruit and vegetables, along with commercial crops such as rubber and pepper. Further away from the longhouse the farms merge into secondary and primary rainforest. This forest is part of the planned Ulu Sungai Menyang conservation area and is home to a significant population of orangutans.
Day 1 Kuching – Menyang Tais Longhouse (L/D)
0800 hours pick up from hotel in Kuching and drive to Batang Ai reservoir. Along the way stop at Lachau Bazaar. Stroll around the shops and the small native market and have an early lunch in a local coffee shop. Then continue your journey, arriving at Batang Ai Lake around 1330-1400 hours. Then proceed by longboat (30 minutes) across the lake and upriver to Menyang Tais. Arrive at the Menyang Tais jetty. Then take a 15 minute walk to the longhouse. Upon arrival meet your Iban hosts. In the evening, relax on the ruai (common verandah) and spend time with the Iban people. Overnight in the longhouse.
Day 2 Menyang Tais Longhouse – Kuching (B/L)
Following breakfast depart for a short walk around the village area or visit one of the local farms nearby. Return to the longhouse and continue by longboat to Batang Ai reservoir jetty, arriving around 1030-1100 hours. Then travel overland back to Kuching with lunch enroute. Arrive in Kuching approx. 1630 hours and be dropped off at your hotel.
Tour & transfer, 1 night in the longhouse, meals (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), English speaking guide.
Alcoholic beverages, items of personal nature
2 adults per order
We operate fixed departure, small group 2D1N tours to Menyang Tais on Monday and Fridays. We can arrange private tours on any day. Please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a tour on dates not shown in the booking engine.
Weather conditions and the water level of local rivers may force our guides to modify the tour in the interests of safety. For example, some trekking activities are not possible during heavy rain or a thunderstorm. No refunds will be offered if a trek is cancelled or boat transfer delayed due to bad weather or river conditions. This tour generally does not include staged cultural activities such as blowpipe demonstrations, cultural dances, cock fighting, etc.
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