Visit Annah Rais Longhouse Sarawak

August 11, 2012 by  
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Sarawak is famous for its unique and enchanting longhouses. These longhouses are well-known in Sarawak as being traditional homes to the native Iban and Bidayuh people. If you visit a remote place in Sarawak, you will surely come across a longhouse. You must be wondering how these traditional people live out their daily lives in the Sarawak longhouses. Well, you can stop wondering and stay a while in the famous Annah Rais Longhouse Sarawak! The good thing about this is that you don’t have to travel too far inland into a remote area to do so.  This beautiful Bidayuh longhouse is located in Padawan, just 60 kilometres away from Kuching.

Annah Rais Longhouse has a homestay programme designed for tourist to experience life in a traditional longhouse. You can stay overnight in this delightful longhouse with its traditional bamboo architectural design, experience the traditional lifestyle of the Bidayuh people and get to know the 80 or so friendly families that live here. You will learn to appreciate the longhouse life that is virtually untouched by rampant modernisation. There is no internet connection here so you wouldn’t be distracted by all the twittering and Facebook updating from your mobile devices!

In Annah Rais Longhouse you will have the opportunity to get involved with the residents’ daily activities. You will learn things such as the delightful art of hunting with blowguns and catching live fishes in the river. You can observe the villagers doing their daily farming, planting, harvesting and fishing as their ancestors did in the ancient days. Do visit them in their pepper and paddy field plantation and be immersed in the experience of watching the inhabitants of Annah Rais tending to their crops.

There are a lot of nature activities you can indulge in during your stay in Annah Rais. You can hire guides from Annah Rais if you want to explore the rainforest jungle near the longhouse. There you will see the green lush vegetations that are a welcome respite from the urban concrete jungle that we call home. There is also an awesome 3-tier running waterfall in this area that you must see to experience its breath taking beauty. Care for a hot bath? Well, there is a hot spring here for you to take a dip and relax in the warm water.

Dinner time in Annah Rais will be a new experience for you. In this longhouse you have the chance to taste the native food which is not easily obtained elsewhere. Most of the cooking you will taste is unique to the longhouse dinner table. One notable dish you will see is the chicken and rice cooked in bamboo. Why don’t you learn and help out the natives of this longhouse prepare this dish? Perhaps you will be able to make this native food at home yourself one day. The homemade fermented rice wine here is something wine lovers out there should not miss. Watch how the Annah Rais residents ferment the wine. Savour the unique combination of sweet and sour taste of this native wine in your mouth.

After you leave Annah Rais to return to the normal hustle and bustle of modern life, you will find yourself mysteriously yearning for the far simpler, tranquil and rejuvenating environment you have experienced in this unique longhouse and the time you have spent with its friendly residents. Annah Rais Longhouse is indeed a haven waiting for you to discover and escape into a by-gone era untouched by the ravages of time. If you wish to take a trip to Annah Rais Longhouse, visit this link,, to book a 3-day 2-night tour online.

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