Thursday, December 01, 2016

Batang Ai Exploration with Wilson Chin and Friends 婆罗洲探险者巴当艾游记

Batang Ai, Borneo Paradise...
This is the longboat that we use to one of the traditional longhouse along the Ai river (Batang Ai)
这是我们的乘坐的长舟,看来虽然窄小,但是很舒服。
The view along the Ai river (Batang Ai) 
巴当艾的风景宜人,水坝里的水面风平浪静

This is our boatman, a very fiendly person. He share with us many of the culture and history here
这是我们的船夫,在这趟旅途中和我们分享了许多关于巴当艾的历史与文化
A bost ride to one of the traditional longhouse along the Ai river (Batang Ai)
巴当艾的溪流上,长舟是唯一的交通工具
Iban longhouse to be seen along the Ai river (Batang Ai)
在巴当艾的溪流上随处都可见到依班族的长屋,多数都是现代化了


Travel upriver to visit more longhouse
船夫带我们到上流,去拜访更多的长屋


According to the locals, the water is yellow because there are logging camp on up stream
根据当地人的解说,溪水是黄色,这是因为上流有伐木公司不断的在开发森林伐木
Manual paddling with bamboo against the water current
当地人利用手力来推动他们的长舟
no electronic here, no mobile reception. Swimming is one of the entertainement here at the Ai river
巴当艾的其中一个乐趣就是游泳,这里的水很深,要当心
A group photo with the chief of the longhouse (in blue pants), and our boatman (2nd right)
长屋的酋长(右一)船夫(右二)酋长夫人(右三)和我的队友们合影



4 comments:

Isaac Crossland said...

Hello Wilson, I am an english traveller coming to batang ai hoping to see orangutans in the wild. Do you think I could stay with the Iban and pay someone to guide me into the jungle searching for orangitan? I have money to pay for some floor to sleep on but not enough to pay the expensive hotel I can see online. Thank you cery much

Wilson Chin said...

Hi Isaac, thank you for visiting my site.
Of course, you can certainly stay with the Iban as thats where I stayed last time. I have a few contact where you can contact.

1) Mr Lee +6019 868 0155 (Mr Lee helps to make arrangement to Batang Ai, have to tell him that you want to stay at longhouse, have local meal, and jungle trekking.)

2) Ms Nisa +6016 860 6188 (Nisa is a freelance tour guide, she does the same thing as Me Lee, you can contact her to compare the price between MrLee)

Hope these contact helps :)
Hope you enjoy your stay there, and do email me if you need further details info.

Be sure to like our page http://facebook.com/BorneoExplorer

Isaac Crossland said...

Hi Wilson,

Thanks very much for the information, that all sounds fantastic! I will definitely save those numbers for when I'm in country. Do you have a rough guess of how much it might cost per day?

Thanks very much

Wilson Chin said...

Hi Isaac,
The Iban longhouse that I stayed called Mengkak Engkari, and these are the cost that I paid.

a) Overnight at the coridor - RM12
b) Gas stove, cook, rice - RM60
c) Entrance tax for the longhouse chief - RM60
d) Night lamp - RM6
e) Boat ride to upriver - RM250

I'm not sure if they will charge the same for foreigner? But hope this can give you an idea how much the cost was for my entire 2 days 1 night trip.