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BATANG AI NATIONAL PARK

Batang Ai National Park is located in the Sri Aman Division of Sarawak, tucked right up against the border with Kalimantan, about 170 km southeast of Kuching.
This beautiful national park which covers an area of 240 sq km, it is home to one of the world's most endangered species and is a water catchment area to Sarawak's only artificial lake.
Beyond the lake, more than an hour's boat ride upriver from the dam, visitors can see stunning lowland mixed dipterocarp forest and the traditional Dayak longhouses.

Many of the indigenous people of Batang Ai still live in communal dwelling known as longhouses. These communal dwellings are raised above the ground and may contain up to hundred individual family apartments under one long roof. The most important area of the longhouse is the common veranda, which serves as a social area and sometime as a sleeping place. In modern times many of the older longhouses have been replaced with buildings using more modern materials but similar design.
Batang Ai is the only nature reserve in Borneo directly managed by the indigenous people. The local communities have formed a cooperative and they are helping the Forest Department in preserving the natural environment of the park.
The lush rainforest is home to orangutans, hornbills and gibbons and the lake create a beautiful environment giving a sense of peace and tranquility.

Activities Explore the longhouses and Jungle Trekking

Getting there Organized tours from Kuching take about 4 hours in mini buses to the dam wall of Batang Ai. Visitors staying in longhouses further upstream require an additional one hour travel by longboat from here.

Recommended tour packages
LONGHOUSE BATANG AI
SARAWAK JUNGLE ADVENTURE
LEMANAK RIVER & BATANG AI

Meet the Iban people Local Handicraft Longhouse do's &don'ts

The Iban are the largest group make up about 30% fo the population in Sarawak and were previously called Sea-Dayaks because of their association with costal regions.

They were once the legendary warriors of Borneo; the most feared of the headhunting tribes.

Thankfully they now no longer headhunt, and have adopted a peaceful agrarian lifestyle.

The carving of Burung Kenyalang (hornbill) is the most sacred carving used to honor the Iban warriors.

Traditionally, only proven warriors are allowed to cut the tree to be used for the carving of the hornbill statue while the wood used for the hornbill crest must be cut by a warrior who has killed numerous enemies in a single expedition.

The statue becomes sacred after it has been consecrated in the Gawai Kenyalang ceremony.

~Never enter a longhouse without asking the permission.
~ Always remove your shoes when entering a longhouse.
~ Never push away food or drink offered to you. If you wish to decline, touch the plate or glass gently with your right hand.
~ The Tuai Rumah is a person of considerable importance in the community. Always treat him with the respect his position deserves.
~ Never bathe where members of the opposite sex are bathing.