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Orang Ulu Longhouses & Floating Homestay

Orang Ulu Ladies in Longhouse
Jelatong Floating Homestay
Floating Market at Bakun Jetty
Enjoy a Cooling Dip in the Lake

Tour Details

The Orang Ulu (literally Upriver People) are a group of related tribes who inhabit Sarawak’s deep interior. They are accomplished musicians, dancers and artists, taking great pride in their traditional culture. They are renowned for their warm hospitality and a night or two in their company is certain to be one of the highlights of your visit to Sarawak.

Tour Itineraries

Orang Ulu Longhouses & Floating Homestay - 4 Days 3 Nights

Day 1 – Miri – Sungai Asap (L D): Depart Miri at 7.30 We will travel by air-conditioned van along the coastal road before turning inland to Sungei Asap (3 hrs approx). Check in at Uma Belor longhouse, a traditional Kayan longhouse constructed about 20 years ago. After lunch, inspect the longhouse, which is home to 102 families (one of the longest in Sarawak) and meet the locals. In the afternoon, take a short drive to Uma Bakah, a Kenyah longhouse. You will notice the strong cultural similarities between the Kayan and the Kenyah, the two largest Orang Ulu groups in Sarawak. Return to Uma Belor Longhouse for dinner, followed by a Kayan cultural show. Overnight in a family-run homestay in Uma Belor longhouse.

Day 2 – Bakun Hydro Lake & Jelatong Floating Homestay (B L D): After breakfast, proceed from Uma Belor longhouse to Bakun Jetty (1 hr approx). Enjoy a boat ride across the vast Bakun Hydro Lake to Jelatong Floating Homestay where we will have lunch. In the afternoon, visit a beautiful lakeside waterfall for a cooling swim, then try our luck at fishing for some of the lake’s huge catfish. In the evening return to Jelatong for a BBQ dinner and Karaoke. Overnight at Jelatong Floating Homestay.

Day 3 – Day & Night Jungle Trekking (B L D): After breakfast, depart for jungle trekking. Your guide will point out the various wild plants and explain how the Orang Ulu people use them for food and medicine. Keep an eye open for wildlife, especially some spectacular bird species. Return to Jelatong Floating Homestay for lunch then relax or take a swim in the lake. Around sunset, proceed for a night jungle trek to view nocturnal animals and listen to the jungle chorus of animal calls. Return to Jelatong Floating Homestay for dinner and overnight.

Day 4 – Bakun Hydro Dam – Water Market – Miri (B): Leave Jelatong homestay and proceed by boat to view the Bakun Hydropower Dam, the largest in Southeast Asia. Visit the water market where all the local communities buy and sell their produce and handicrafts. You should see unique local vegetables and fruits, as well as wild boar meat and many species of lake fish including magellan, tapah, ikan semah, emparau, baong and many others. The water market is only held on Wednesday and Saturday so you should time your vist to end on either of these days. Drive from Bakun Jetty to Batu Niah Bazzar (approx 2 hours). Lunch at Batu Niah Bazaar (at own expense) before returning to Miri (1 hr approx).

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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/Iban-speaking tour guide.

Tour Price Does Not Include

  • Flights
  • Tipping for guides, drivers and boatmen
  • Alcoholic beverages (except those poured as part of a traditional ceremony)
  • Gifts for longhouse residents. Your guide will advise.

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, trekking 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 hot water in the longhouse or 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.
  • Don’t wear your best shoes. If the water is low, you may have to get out of the boat and help to push.
  • 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.
  • The rice wine (borak) is usually stronger than it appears.
  • Please don’t give any money, sweets or gifts to children. Anything you may wish to donate should be passed to the longhouse chief for equal distribution amongst all families. Your guide will advise.
  • Please carry small change and low value notes to buy 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.

Experience Orang Ulu Culture and a Unique Floating Homestay!

Book now to spend a fascinating time with Borneo’s upriver people. 

Photo Credits

All photos on this page were taken in the vicinity of Jelatong Homestay and are a fair representation of what you may expect to see. All images © Sarawak Tourism Board.

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