Wednesday, 19 September 2012


The journey to Sarawak was all about the people and experience staying in the longhouse with local tribe. Being the largest state in Malaysia, Sarawak covers a vast area of 124,000 sq-km of land along the northwest coast of Borneo, the third largest island in the world. It is also known as Land of The Hornbills. The population comprises of local ethnic groups namely Iban, Bidayuh, Orang Ulu, Melanau and other minor tribes plus the Malays, Chinese and Indians living together in harmony for more than a century.

 In a local bus from airport to Sarawak capital Kuching. Kuching is very small town considering that its a capital of a largest Malaysias state

Exploring Kuching...not much to explore thou

Just waiting for next day as it was arranged one of the most exiting trips in my life.

  A trip to the jungles where was the longhouse was taking over 4-5 hours. On a way there our group stopped in a market. We had to buy presents to longhouse family. Nothing fancy...little packets of coffee and salt for each family, 32 all together. and some sweets for children

After a long trip there was a 50min journey waiting by a long boatin a man made lake.

Finally! We are here!

In the longhouse

In day time women usually stay at home doing crafts and basic home stuff (whatever that is) and men work in farms

Dinner was made by our tour guide. It was very delicious. We basically had what tribe people usually eat.

 Rice vine and whiskey were served later in the evening. And then traditional dancing took place

The evening with dancing and drinks turned out into a party and we had a great time. It was definitely the party I had never had before. An amazing experience. People living there were very friendly and although they didn’t speak much English and even if some of them did it was difficult to understand them. But families living there are very proud of their community and place they live. Everything is very basic there, the only modern thing in the house was toilet and shower build for tourists like us. Other than that the whole experience was very real and true to the life tribe people live.

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