Thursday, February 28, 2008
Bidayuh Longhouses at Kampong Anah Rais
Two weeks ago I visited some Bidayuh longhouses at Kampong Anah Rais which is one and a half hour drive from Kuching City in the Padawan District. In this village there are 5-6 longhouses which are still quite traditional in appearance dispite the presence of most modern ammenities such as electricty and satellite TV. The longhouses are mainly built of wood and bamboo which are readily available in the nearby forests. Kampong Anah Rais has been actively promoted as a tourist attraction in recent years. Tourists/visitors need to pay an entrance fee of RM8.00 per person. The Bidayuh who are also called the Land Dayak are mainly concentrated in the Padawan, Serian and Lundu districts of Kuching.