About Batang Ai
Situated 250km due southeast of Kuching - the capital of Sarawak, the Batang Ai region is the ideal introduction into Borneo's Iban communities and a very traditional way of life. The remote region is characterised by extensive tropical rainforest that are punctuated every so often with Iban longhouses, distinctive houses that are much longer than they are wide and provide lodgings for entire families under one roof as part of a village community. Barely touched by modern life, the longhouses in the Batang Ai region offer a unique experience with visitors welcomed by the Iban people, invited to watch as they make traditional handicrafts and join in evening gatherings.Read More
Built from wood and raised on stilts, the longhouses are divided into two sections with one part sectioned off into separate family rooms and the other used as an open community space where families gather. The longhouses are extended as and when more families join the community. The longhouses can only be reached by boat and leisurely gliding along the waterways through the forest in a traditional longboat is as much of an experience as a night in a longhouse.
Much of the region is protected in the Batang Ai National Park with an artificial lake at its centre that provides a tranquil environment for wildlife including the endangered orangutan, Borneo's most iconic animal. In fact, Batang Ai is one of the best places in Sarawak of catching a glimpse of wild orangutans.
Batang Ai Tours
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Batang Ai. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Batang Ai on a bespoke touring itinerary to Borneo, take a look at our tailor-made holiday planning section.