An Iban village one hour downstream from Sibu (by road the trip takes just 40 minutes), Bawang Assan has nine ‘hybrid’ longhouses (longhouses that combine traditional and 21st-century elements). To stay here without going through a Sibu-based tour company, contact the Bawang Assan Homestay Programme; ask for Marcathy Gindau.
Bawang Assan Longhouse Village
Nearby Sarawak attractions
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2. Tua Pek Kong Temple
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3. Rex Cinema
Gloriously faded art deco architecture.
4. Sibu Heritage Centre
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5. Sibu Gateway
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6. Rejang Esplanade
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7. Swan Monument
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