A Bidayuh Jungle Survival experience

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The theme for the trip was “Bidayuh Jungle Survival” but after the trip I was convinced that it was more than just a jungle survival experience. The outing took us to the foothills of the Padawan Highlands; at a place called Kampung (village) Peraya – a 50-minute drive from Kuching city.What we did during the trip:

  • Visited the first settlement of “Pinyewa Bidayuh” – a sub-group in the Bidayuh community)
  • Visited the ancient head house or known as “Panggah” in Bidayuh dialect, where they keep old human skulls.
  • Went jungle trekking, visited the waterfall & learned about the jungle from our local guide.
  • Learned the cooking process with bamboo – Bidayuh style .
  • Had picnic lunch on the riverbank.
  • Experienced the wooden canoeing activity in Peraya Village, Padawan.
  • Dined with our host family at Peraya Village.
  • Did bamboo rafting to our jungle camp at night.
  • Observed wildlife such as few species of insects, frogs and birds during the night rafting.  However, we were not able to do fishing because the river water were not clear due to the heavy rain that evening.
  • Visited a modern village & traditional longhouse of the Bidayuh community.

Here are some of our photos of the trip. Enjoy! 🙂

Sarawak Kuching Borneo Adventure Bidayuh Jungle Survival
You still need a guide regardless 🙂 ‘Bung (mountain) Gayu’ was the original settlement of the “Pinyewa Bidayuh” before the ‘Old Settlement’ came about.
Entrance to the past – this leads to the ‘Old Settlement of the ‘Pinyewa Bidayuh’ before it split off to thirteen villages that are scattered in the vicinity of the area.
What footwear to use? Rubber shoes or affectionally known locally as “Adidas Paya” – ‘Swamp Adidas’. Many swear by it because it is studded, doesn’t absorb water, cheap… real cheap and performs as good as pair of branded hiking shoes.
Sarawak Kuching Borneo Adventure Bidayuh Jungle Survival
We were actually walking underneath the ancient longhouse of “Pinyewa Bidayuh” which, according to our guide, there were more than a  hundred-door families living in that longhouse at that time.
Sarawak Kuching Borneo Adventure Bidayuh Jungle Survival
‘Panggah’ (head house) at the old settlement area.
Sarawak Kuching Borneo Adventure Bidayuh Jungle Survival
Another view of the head-house
Sarawak Kuching Borneo Adventure Bidayuh Jungle Survival
Lifting the zinc sheet without being told earlier gave us mild shock!
Sarawak Kuching Borneo Adventure Bidayuh Jungle Survival
These are enemy skulls.
In the olden days..this pool was used to soak the enemy skulls so that all the skin, flesh and hair would peel off by itself.
Fresh and clean water supply from the mountain.  Bidayuh called their aqueduct; ‘Ayak’ and made from bamboo no less.
 Village and farm tour – Pepper garden with our guide – Val Ritong
“Terung Pipit” (Wild Brinjal)
Wild berries – rule of the jungle, if they are pretty and untouched, they are NOT edible.

 

“Daun Lirik” is use to wrap rice with.


Sarawak Kuching Borneo Adventure Bidayuh Jungle Survival
 Stingless bee known as “Kelulut” locally. 
Sarawak Kuching Borneo Adventure Bidayuh Jungle Survival
The team from Sarawak Tourism Board – Hisyamuddin (left), Sarah Berdugo (French intern)  and Deckson (author)
Sarawak Kuching Borneo Adventure Bidayuh Jungle Survival
Wild ingredients – ‘Terung Pipit’ (Wild brinjal) was one of them.
Cooking utensils and equipment from the jungle
Chicken cooked in the bamboo (Manok/siok Pansuh)
Sarawak Kuching Borneo Adventure Bidayuh Jungle Survival
Fresh water fish cooked in the bamboo (Ikan Pansuh)

 

Sarawak Kuching Borneo Adventure Bidayuh Jungle Survival
Rice cooked in the bamboo, wrapped in ‘Lirik’ leave
Sarawak Kuching Borneo Adventure Bidayuh Jungle Survival
Flame-roasted chicken wings
Sarawak Kuching Borneo Adventure Bidayuh Jungle Survival
Lunch served in ‘plates’ fashioned out sago tree bark… and it can’t get any healthier and fulfilling (the beer?:-)… Yummylicious!

 

Sarawak Kuching Borneo Adventure Bidayuh Jungle Survival
Ready for the wooden canoeing…

 

Sarawak Kuching Borneo Adventure Bidayuh Jungle Survival
This is the reason why it’s called ‘wooden canoeing’… wooden canoe was used instead of the modern fibreglass version


Sarawak Kuching Borneo Adventure Bidayuh Jungle Survival

From canoeing to white-water thrills… even the rafts came freshly-made

Sarawak Kuching Borneo Adventure Bidayuh Jungle Survival

Let the adventure begins… the locals having their fun…

 

… and a milder one for city dwellers

No TV nor lights for reading. The jungle beckons
It’s not what one can see but what one can hear also… and ironically, there’s a lot of noise in the jungle at night.

 

Spot Mr. Froggy

 

Bedfellows with jungle critters for the night
Checking out…

 

Making a side-trip to the nearby Annah Rais longhouse on the way home. Popular destination for a longhouse experience. Entrance fee is RM8 for adult and RM5 for children.

 

The walkway of the longhouse

 

Winnowing rice – hand-picked and wind-assisted

 

Spreading out Sarawak black peppercorns for drying

 

Basket weaving a la Bidayuh style

 

 

 

 

 

 

 







To get the most out of this experience, we recommend that you go for a 3-day/2-night or 4-day/3-day tour programme.

For further enquiry, please contact Mr Valentine Ritong at:
Mobile: 019 8785013
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.perayahomestay.com
Valentine Ritong is a licensed tourist guide and a member of “Pinyewa Bidayuh” sub-group.


Sarawak Malaysia Borneo… where adventure lives

By: Deckson Bundak – Tourist Coordinator Visitor Information Center Kuching.
Photos: Deckson Bundak and Mohd. Hisyamuddin 

Edited by: Michael Lu and Erivina Jihel
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