In this three minute video we see adventurer and explorer Ben Fogle spend some time at an authentic longhouse about 40-min drive from Kuching.
Escorted by his amazingly knowledgeable guide, Rose, he savours the local brew — a rice wine called ‘Tuak’ which is particularly potent, enjoys a delicious chicken meal cooked for him in 20 minutes in bamboo, tries his hand at being a blacksmith’s apprentice, discovers the secrets to the blowpipes and how to make the arrows and also listens to some local musicians.They play him some music using bamboo instruments that have been used for hundreds of years, having been passed down through the generations and played by striking, plucking and drumming. Its called ‘pratuokng’ (pra-tua-k-ng)
Overall it is clear, as Ben points out at the end, that Longhouse living is a wonderfully communal existence where all the families live together in peaceful harmony.
|Ben sampling the ‘tuak’, rice wine usually served to welcome visitors
Sarawak… where adventure lives