Welcome to Annah Rais Longhouse

The 500 or so residents of Annah Rais are as keen as the rest of us to enjoy the comforts of modern life – they do love their mobile phones and 3G internet access – but they’ve made a conscious decision to preserve their traditional architecture and the social interaction it engenders. They’ve also decided that welcoming tourists is a good way to earn a living without moving to the city, something most young people in the area end up doing.

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$51 Cultural & Theme Tours

Kuching City to Sarawak Bidayuh Half-Day Longhouse Experience

You will be picked up from your hotel in Kuching and taken for an exciting half day tour to a Bidayuh longhouse to experience the uniquely traditional life of Malaysia’s native tribes. The Annah Rais Longhouse which stands on the same site where the longhouse was first built 200 years ago still stand with its unique architecture built largely of bamboo, wood and leaves.The 1.5 hour drive will take you through the lush and scenic countryside, through rubber trees and paddy fields before arriving at a Bidayuh Longhouse, nestled on the edge of the rainforest. You will be introduced to the many families from the same tribe who live together in the longhouse, sharing a long outer communal room and open verandah made largely of bamboo where daily household chores are jointly done. See the Baruk which is a congregation place for the Bidayuh warriors. It is a circular room and looks a little like a pavilion. Artistic bamboo carvings adorn most of the interior of the longhouse.At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back at your hotel in Kuching.

$39 Cultural & Theme Tours

Kuching Annah Rais Longhouse Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Asni Tours & Travels, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah PersekutuanThe tour begins with pickup from your hotel at 9.00 AM or 2.00PM. You will be able to meet and greet our friendly English-speaking driver at the hotel lobby and proceed for the tour.Duration: 5 minutesStop At: Annah Rais Longhouse Adventure, Kuching, SarawakThe tour starts and proceeds with a 40 minute drive to Annah Rais Longhouse located at Padawan District, which is approximately 60km away from Kuching City. Most of the Bidayuh longhouses are located near villages and towns. This has led to urban migration especially for the younger generation and the result is a new take on communal living. Upon arrival at Annah Rais, the sight that greets you is a thriving village which bears no resemblance to a longhouse. As you navigate the detached homes you will notice that they are interconnected by walkways which in itself is still an affirmation of extended family living – perhaps just not in the traditional ‘entire village under one roof’ longhouse sense. As you approach what is the heart of the village, this is where the original longhouse structure is, over a century old. Some old folks still cling to their original home. Annah Rais is considered one of the most beautiful longhouses in Sarawak, cradled by the mountains and a beautiful freshwater stream.Duration: 4 hours

$74.94 Kid Friendly

True Sarawak Experience Day Tour, Including Lunch

Our driver will pick you up from your hotel lobby around 8am within Kuching Town area and head towards fascinating orangutans at Semenngoh Wildlife Centre, the biggest Orangutan Rehabilitation Center in Sarawak to care for wild animals which have either been found injured in the forest, orphaned in the wild. One of the best place in the world to see semi-wild Orangutans in their natural rainforest habitat, winging from trees and scurrying up vines. Then, visit to Annah Rais Longhouse and this 80 doors Bidayuh longhouse is nestled in the foothills of the scenic Penrissen mountain ranges which separate Sarawak from Kalimantan Indonesia. The longhouse dates back to around 200 years old and one can still see some prized human skulls in the ceremonial hut. Mingle with the natives and learn about their culture. Continue your adventure on kayak through the tranquil rainforest with stops for swimming and being served lunch cooked from the heart! Explore interesting limestone formations and lush greenery as you drift leisurely downstream. This wholesome experience ends at Kampung Semadang. Please note that our kayaking trips are suitable for children aged 5 and above (accompanied by an adult) and for the old as well! Please indicate your child’s age, height, and weight for bookings.

$33.75 Day Trips & Excursions

Annah Rais Bidayuh Longhouse Tour from Kuching

You have the choice of a morning departure at 9am or an afternoon departure at 2pm. You will be picked up from your hotel at your chosen time before being taken on your tour.Drive 45-minutes from Kuching to Annah Rais, a large Bidayuh (Land Dayak) village. This guided half-day tour of Annah Rais Longhouse is perfect for travelers that want to get a taste of local culture. Located in the foothills of the Borneo Highlands, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this architectural and cultural masterpiece offers an intimate view of village life within its bamboo walls. Study its intricate design and learn about the traditional farming lifestyle of the Bidayuh ethnic group before chatting with the families living inside. Finish with a relaxing stroll through the rainforest before heading back to Kuching.

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