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Kinabatangan river cruise

Kinabatangan river cruise

One of the most popular destinations in Sabah is the Kinabatangan River. This river has a length of 560 kilometers and stretches through half of Eastern Sabah. Alongside the riverbanks there is an abundance of wildlife. During a river cruise you will have a chance to spot the rare orangutan, the pygmy elephant, proboscis monkeys and saltwater crocodiles. During night cruises you might spot the leopard cat, numerous sleeping birds, wild boars, snakes and many crocodiles.

Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary

Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary

Sepilok rehabilitation centre is one of the biggest and most well known orangutan sanctuaries in Malaysia. The sanctuary is located nearby Sandakan; the total site is over 43 square kilometer in size. Around 75 orangutans roam free within the forest reserve. During their rehabilitation the animals rely heavy on the help of the people that work at the centre; and also on the donations from tourists. Tourist can snap precious pictures during daily feeding time.

A 4095 meter tall mountain

A 4095 meter tall mountain

Mount Kinabalu is the tallest mountain in Malaysia and the 20th tallest in the World. Mainly because of the biological diversity the mountain is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Climbing the mountain is not an easy feat for the untrained; though it will absolutely be one of the best experiences ever. Watching the sun rise in the early morning will definitely make you forget all the hardships you had to endure during the hike up.

Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

TAR Marine Park is the perfect place to enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling and light jungle treks. The marine park is made up of five small islands: Gaya, Manukan, Sapi, Sulug and Mamutik. The best beaches and probably also the best corals can be found around Gaya island; the biggest of the five islands. The marine park is only a 20 minute boat trip away from the city of Kota Kinabalu.

Mulu National Park

Mulu National Park

Mulu National Park is the biggest national park in Sarawak. The park is best known for the amazing caves. The Sarawak Chamber is the world's biggest cave chamber. It is said that 40 Boeing 747 aircraft's fit in the cave. Clearwater cave is the world's longest cave with a length of over 110 kilometers. The caves aren't the only highlights at Mulu NP. The amazing pinnacles at Mount Api are absolutely stunning to witness. A visit to Mulu NP will bring your holiday in Malaysia to new heights!

A Bidayuh Life in the Annah Rais Longhouse

Annah Rais is a Bidayuh Longhouse – which is one of the oldest Bidayuh longhouses – and is located about 60km or approximately 1.5 hours drive from Kuching passing through the beautiful limestone formation view, scenic countryside fringed by hills and farms, mountain ranges and palm oil estate. It’s a popular tourists destination and one of the nearest and easiest longhouses to access. Annah Rais Bidayuh Longhouse has been developed into a Homestay Programme, which includes varieties of activities providing visitors with a chance to stay overnight in a place where the traditional and communal ways of living have remained untouched by modern development. Most of the villagers here do farming, paddy planting, cocoa and pepper harvesting and fishing.

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At Annah Rais Bidayuh Longhouse, you will find a well-preserved longhouse, which is the home to the people that belong to the second largest ethnic group in Sarawak, the Bidayuh tribe. The Bidayuh tribe is also known as Land Dayaks, who were once the headhunters. Besides discovering the unique local architecture of the longhouse, there are choices of activities that you could experience while on a trip to this famous village, and that is to enjoy a natural hot spa in the nearby hot spring, or relax at a nearby breathtaking 3-tier waterfall.

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Aside from that, you could also hire local guides for a rainforest jungle trekking, or just visit the nearby pepper and paddy field plantation. If you’re more interested in their culture, be sure to catch the cultural show. Guest will be entertained with the Bidayuh traditional dance and musical instrument made by bamboo by the locals who will showcase their skills and talent. Guest could also participate in the dance while wearing their traditional outfit. Once the show is over, get the chance to learn the musical instrument and join the “jamming” session. Later on, rice wine will be served to all guests. However, do note that the Bidayuh dance is only available for 4paxs and above (advance booking is recommended).

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With the warm hospitality of the friendly villagers and also the clean and pristine environment here, Annah Rais Bidayuh Longhouse is a haven for adventurous and non-adventurous alike. The trip experience will be vividly remembered.

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How to get to Annah Rais Longhouse

As there is no public transportation to Annah Rais Longhouse, the only option is to get a taxi. Taxi can be hired for RM90 – RM120 per way (be sure to reach an agreement on the price before hopping on one). You may also pre-arrange a taxi service by calling the centre (check with the local Yellow Pages) or you may ask your hotel desk to book one for you. Alternatively, should you need the longhouse’s management help to make the arrangement, you may contact them by phone or email.

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