Serubah Longhouse, Batang Ai National Park Borneo, Borneo (Sarawak)
The Serubah Longhouse is an authentic tribal longhouse that visitors can stay in to gain insight into the indigenous Bornean way of life. Basic, intriguing and educational, it’s a brilliant way for open minded travellers to experience tribal culture.
Known as a ‘village under one roof’ the longhouse is home to entire communities, not just one family. Local ladies weave mats, baskets and handicrafts for income and will prepare delicious and authentic simple dishes for meals.
With no air conditioning, shared facilities and very little privacy, this experience is not for everyone. However for those wanting a real authentic experience in rural Borneo, you’ll enjoy a stay at the Serubah Longhouse.
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.
We all remarked on how well tourism blended in to the local community in a positive way. At no point did we ever feel exploited or taken advantage of. We felt privileged to visit the Penan tribe in Mulu and enjoyed the market there without any pressure to spend money. Visiting Abai village and planting the trees was also a great experience for all ages of our party. Again, a privilege.