EXPERIENCE LIVING IN A BORNEO RAINFOREST
About Annah Rais Longhouse Homestay
Annah Rais Longhouse Homestay is located 60km from Kuching City. It takes approximately one hour of pleasant drive from the city. Witnessing the breathtaking beauty of the rainforest and Padawan Mountain range along the way at Jalan Borneo Height.
For centuries, the villages who are from the “Bidayuh” tribe used to stay on top of the two mountains. Eventually, they moved down from the mountains and stayed at the longhouse for more than 150 years. The longhouse is strategically located at a valley with river stream runs behind it. Annah Rais Longhouse is consists of Kupo Saba (front row), Kupo Tirakan (middle row) and Kupo Sijo (back row).
They are more than 80 doors (families) that lives in the longhouse which stood 10 feet above the ground. The longhouse was is built from Ironwood (belian) and mature bamboo (apek). Some parts of the longhouse is still original whereby it is attached without nails. They are approximately 1,500 people living in the longhouse and they are all related to each other.
Not until the middle 19th century, our ancestors were “Head Hunters”. As a remembrance we still have the trophies which are kept at the Head House called “Panggah” until today.