Batang Ai Lake and Tribal Experience, Batang Ai National Park Borneo, Borneo (Sarawak)
Batang Ai Lake is the gateway to the heart of Sarawak: the Batang Ai National Park boasting pristine rainforests, remote tribal groups and fantastic wildlife.
The lake was created in the 1980s by the construction of a dam during a government drive for hydroelectric power. The lake should technically be called a reservoir but it doesn't sound as glamorous, does it? Lake or Reservoir, crossing the water to reach the tribes and wildlife is a spectacular experience.
Once there you can have lunch with the locals in their Iban Longhouse. Learn about their way of life and ancient traditions. See them use blow darts and appreciate life without technology.
You'll also spot many endemic birds and, for the more adventurous, hike into the forest with a chance of spotting the famous Orang Utans in the wild.
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ETG's Matt was always accessible (even though we are based in Hong Kong) and efficient in replying. Will be happy to recommend and use him again! Our guide Bryant in Abai was a real gem. He was very polite, incredibly well spoken, informative, intelligent and gentle. He foresaw our needs, such as ordering chips for the children's lunch, and went out of his way to make things comfortable for us. He was a pleasure to spend time with.