Rungus Longhouse, Kudat Borneo, Borneo (Sabah)
Stay in a tribal longhouse and enjoy a culturally immersive, unique experience. This homestay suits more adventurous couples and families looking for a unique cultural insight into the Bornean way of life.
Your home for the night, is a stilted bamboo longhouse, with simple mattresses to sleep on, mosquito nets and a shared bathroom a short walk from the longhouse itself – complete with flushing toilets. The bedrooms are well ventilated by a breeze sweeping through the bamboo wall gaps. There is no hot water although in a humid climate, this is a welcome relief for many. In the evening you'll be welcomed by the Rungus tribe with plenty of local dishes on offer and chance to try the local rice wine.
This homestay is perhaps not for everyone. If you travel in a large group, you’ll be able to hear each other in adjoining rooms easily and the rooms cannot be locked. There are gaps throughout the entire structure of the building and this means it’s important you don’t drop items unless you want to walk under the structure to reclaim them!
If you can cope with basic facilities for one night, the Rungus Homestay will surely be a fantastic once in a lifetime experience.
Basic - The 'Basic' category covers places which are very simple indeed, with extremely rudimentary facilities. These places are used when they are part of the experience, such as a village homestay, or when there are no other hotels available in an area.
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From the very first contact last autumn when my wife and I started to plan, we received prompt advice and answers to our many questions from Harriet. Our final itinerary was quite complex, but went without a hitch and we had a most enjoyable and interesting experience.