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Batang Ai Longhouse Resort, Batang Ai, Borneo

Our rating: Medium

Situated on the shores of the picturesque Batang Ai Reservoir, the resort offers comfortable accommodation in a magical jungle setting. It is a perfect base for visiting the nearby Iban communities, who still live in their traditional longhouses.

The accommodation is designed to resemble traditional longhouse style, but all 100 rooms also have the usual amenities of a modern hotel. Discover the resort's hiking trails, scenic walking tracks or explore the surrounding rainforest with its canopy walks, waterfalls and longboats. There is also a 25 metre outdoor swimming pool, a tennis court and a restaurant serving authentic Malaysian cuisine.

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    Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.

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      This longhouse has not been set up for tourists. It is the permanent home of the Iban tribe and therefore you will probably sleep on the floor in the communal living area with a simple mattress and mosquito net as your only comforts.

    Experiences while staying here

    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.

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      The day is spent exploring the area by longboat and visiting the traditional longhouses of the Iban people. The Iban were notorious head hunters until the middle of this century, slaughtering their enemies and then preserving their heads to bring good fortune.