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Bario Food Festival Pesta Nukenen

Bario Food & Cultural Festival (Pesta Nukenen)
A truly original food and cultural experience in the remote Heart of Borneo 
The world’s most exclusive food festival, and probably the most affordable | Sample organic jungle cuisine | Homestay overlooking rice fields | Join in unique Borneo Highland Games | Traditional music & dancing | Buy superb local handicrafts | Discover authentic Kelabit culture

From only RM870 per person 


''With activities such as dancing workshops, long house homestay and authentic local food—this will be an experience like no other. ''

 – Expatriate Lifestyle Magazine

Please book early as flights are limited. Dates will be announced when available

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The 3-day Bario Food Festival (Pesta Nukenen) celebrates the unique food, farming, forest and cultural heritage of the Kelabit Highlands (1,000 m above sea level) – one of the last surviving intact traditionally farmed and forested highland watersheds in Borneo. It also showcases all that is special and unique about the Kelabit Highlands and its people – not for nothing is this remote mountain valley known as the “land of a hundred handshakes”. The Festival has so much to offer, including:

Bario Food FestivalWonderful local produce, skilfully prepared by unassuming local chefs with ingredients found nowhere else on Earth.


Bario Food FestivalTraditional (and not so traditional) highland games that visitors are welcome to join in.


Bario Food Festival

Concerts and spontaneous performances of authentic Kelabit music and dances.

Festival Itinerary

Festival Itinerary - 3 Days 2 Nights

Day 1 – Miri – Bario (D): Pick up from hotel and fly to Bario via MASWings Twin Otter flight from Miri (40 min). Meet and greet upon arrival at Bario Airport and transfer to the Ngimat Ayu House, a very highly-rated local homestay, for check in. Transfer to festive venue. Lunch on your own at the food festival. Late afternoon, transfer back to the Ngimat Ayu House for dinner and overnight.

Day 2 – Food Festival (B D): After breakfast, transfer to the food festival. Lunch at your own. Late afternoon, transfer back to the Ngimat Ayu House for dinner and overnight.

Day 3 – Bario – Transfer Out (B): After an early breakfast, free at leisure to explore Bario before driving to the airport for the departure flight to Miri.

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Please quote Product Code ISW-003-32F

What's Included in the Price?

The tour price is based on a minimum of 2 persons travelling together on a twin-sharing basis unless otherwise indicated. Please enquire for detailed pricing, extensions and large group rates. Check the small print for our terms and conditions.

Tour Price Includes: 

  • Accommodation  as indicated
  • Meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Transfers to/from Miri city hotels
  • English/Malay-speaking guide.

Tour Price Does Not Include

  • Flights to/from Bario – we will be pleased to book for you
  • Tipping for guides, drivers and boatmen
  • Alcoholic beverages 

Note: Weather conditions and the water level may force our guides to modify the tour in the interests of safety. No refunds will be offered for any tour or extension sold.

Payment Methods

International Payment Methods:

  • 5% surcharge for payment by PayPal, Visa and Mastercard – we will email you a PayPal invoice that you can use to pay either from your PayPal account or by Visa or Mastercard.
  • Telegraphic Transfer – TT (bank wire) in Malaysian Ringgit to our bank account. You are responsible for all originating bank charges. 

 Domestic Payment Methods (for Malaysian customers and overseas customers already in Malaysia)

  • 5% surcharge for payment by PayPal, Visa and Mastercard – we will email you a PayPal invoice that you can use to pay either from your PayPal account or by Visa or Mastercard.
  • Online transfer to our bank account. 
  • Cash deposit to our bank account at any Maybank Counter/Cash Deposit Machine. 
  • By cheque (Malaysian cheques only, payable to “Suntravel Sdn Bhd”) at any Maybank Counter or Cheque Deposit Machine or by mail to the address shown on the page footer (please allow up to 7 days for clearance). 
  • By cash in person at our Kuching office. 

Bank Details 

  • Bank:  Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank)
  • Branch:  Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Account No:  011 038 810 818
  • Account Name:  Suntravel Sdn Bhd
  • SWIFT Code (for telegraphic transfers):  MBBEMYKL


  • When you deposit to our bank account via cash or cheque, please ensure that you retain the deposit slip and email the scanned image to as proof of payment.
  • If using online transfer, please state your name and invoice number in the comments area.
  • If paying by telegraphic transfer, please note that Malaysian banks do not use IBAN codes. Please ensure you include the SWIFT code.

Hints & Tips

  • You will need to bring the following items; light & comfortable clothing, torchlight, raincoat or poncho, slippers/sandals, walking shoes, sun hat,  swimwear, personal toiletries, personal medicine (ointment, pain killers, etc.), insect repellent, sun lotion, camera with extra batteries to last the trip (as you may not be able to recharge).
  • There is no guarantee of hot water in the homestay. Be prepared for cold showers.
  • The cockerels usually crow all night. If you are a light sleeper, bring some earplugs. We recommend the soft foam type, available from most pharmacies.
  • Mosquito nets are supplied. However, you should cover up or apply mosquito repellent to prevent getting bitten in and around the longhouse.
  • It is extremely impolite to refuse any food or drink by waving it away. If you are full or don’t like the look of something, just touch the offered plate or glass with your fingers.
  • Please carry small change and low value notes to buy food, drinks and souvenirs.
  • If you are vegetarian/vegan or have any food allergies, please let us know when you book so we can make the necessary arrangements.

Photo & Video Credits

All photos and videos on this page are © Sarawak Tourism Board/Bario Food Festival, were taken in or around Bario and are a fair representation of what you may expect to see.

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