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1. Posted by sychung (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

First of all, I'm not here to advertise or anything, but seeking for the opinion from the tourists who will come to Malaysia for their vacation.

Lately, I'm helping one of my friend (Native from Sarawak, Bidayuh), who is running a homestay & adventure programme at his village's longhouse, to build a website (still under construction), & also price survey.

********** Package Info ****************************************

The all-inclusive 3 days 2 nights package (all meals & free flow coffee/tea, all day activities & guided tours, free laundry, longhouse accomodation) for the price of RM298 per person (approximately US$85).

The longhouse is located at about 1 1/2 hour drive from Kuching city, with written history of 175 years old, authentic Bidayuh longhouse. The return transfer (not one way) fare per guest is RM45 (approximately US$13 & pay directly to the person who agreed to help him to transfer the guest from Kuching to longhouse). The transfer includes complimentary transfer to Semenggoh widlife centre to observe orangutan in the wild, before proceeding to the longhouse. Guest are responsible for the RM3 entrance fee.


** Taxi One-way transfer charge **

Jst for your information, taxi (4 seaters) one-way transfer will normally charge RM80 - RM120. Mostly they will charge RM120 if you are caucasian, as they often think that you are from richer country & hence, richer... So if you are taking taxi at your own, return transfer expect to pay RM240, without transfer to wildlife centre.

** My Question **

Now my question is, if this 3D2N all-inclusive package at RM298 + RM45 (return transer & free semenggoh wildlife centre transfer) worth for your money, if you are visiting Sarawak? If you have a children under 9 yrs old, they are just half of the price + free transfer, as long as they are accompanied with 2 fully paid adults.

I would like to thank you in advanced for your feedback......

Thank you.

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Sychung

In my opinion, it is worth the money. Of course it is less expensive, to travel independently, but some people would prefer something ready packaged.

When the website is completed, would u mind private mailing the link, to me. I want to see what the place looks like.


3. Posted by sychung (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

Hi Mel,

Thank you for your input. The website is -SNIP- Nothing much you can see, as it's still under construction, about 80% completed so probably will be up & running in few more days.

Perhaps I will advise him to price it at RM345 per person with all inclusive - return transfer, all meals, all day activities & guided tours, free laundry, free home-brew wine, free wildlife centre visit include entrance fee. Children below 9 yrs old, accompany with 2 fully paid adults enjoy 50% off the published rate.

Does this sound more attractive, or the previous one?

More input is welcome!

By the way, normally for backpackers, most of them travel alone, or accompanied? How's the ratio, any idea?

Thank you.

[ Edit: No promotional details in the forums ]

4. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Thanks for the weblink Sychung.;)

Yeah, that package, including transfer looks good, to me.
I think there are a lot of younger and/or inexperienced backpackers, and people with children, who would like to buy an available package, such as yours. I am one of those old people, who were traveling, long before these conveniences were readily available, so often dont mind traveling independently, despite the difficulties.

And more and more of the places, such as your friend is making the website for are appearing, in different countries. Here is a link, for one in Turkey. I picked up an advertiesment for it, at a backpackers hostel, in Hamburg/Germany, last week.


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6. Posted by comet (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

I've stayed in a longhouse in Sarawak for a few days and i'd pay u.s. $85 but not more, for 2 days.
Your friend might need to consider the tourist market whose currency might be weak against the u.s. dollar.
I wish him heaps of guests at the longhouse. They're a wonderful experience. :)

7. Posted by sychung (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y


Thank you for your input. I need more feedbacks & please tell me what you think?

Thank you.

8. Posted by sychung (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

Let me summarise it again. The 3D2N package is not just a homestay, but including the following:

- return transfer (pickup from your hotel at Kuching city at 7:30am)
- visit to Orangutan rehabilitation sanctuary (other tour operators charge approx. RM80 per person for this 3 hours tour)
- 2 nights longhouse accomodation
- all meals (authentic bidayuh tribe signature dishes, everything is organic from our own farm)
- whole day activities & tours with guides (refer to website for details, website only 80% completed)
- Nightly entertainment till you drop, or night jungle trekking to observe wildlife, such as boar.
- Home-brew Wine
- all day coffee or tea - free flow
- free laundry service - someone will do it for you
- free tradisional costume rental for video or photographing
- free use of musical instrument.
- free loan of traditional weapons or hunting weapons, such as sword, or blowpipe with darts.

The cost to you will be RM345 (approximately US$98), that's all, no surprise surcharge whatsoever. Your wallet will be useless anymore beside paying RM345 for the package, unless you want to buy some local-made souvenirs or handicrafts (still very much cheaper than you can get it at handicraft shops at Kuching).

Tell me if this package really worth your money, if not, please let me know why you think so? Thank you.

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 25, 2007, at 8:01 PM by sychung ]

9. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting sychung

- free loan of traditional weapons or hunting weapons, such as sword, or blowpipe with darts.

I think it would be a good idea, to withdraw this service.
I would not want to take my child, to a place, where people have access to weapons like this.
Also, it might prevent school groups from using your service. I dont think teachers or parents would like if these things are in the hands of other guests, where the children would be staying.
Also, I think if those are used to kill animals a lot of people from Western countries would find that distasteful.;)
Also, not everybody behaves responsibly, with weapons like that. They would never be available, at holiday accomodation, over here in Europe.;)

But, the package is certainly worth the money. I would recommend it, to my own daughter, if she was older(15 or 16), and wanted to go on holiday with her friends.

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 26, 2007, at 1:36 AM by Mel. ]

10. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

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