We stayed for 3 nights in the longhouse, prior to a trip to Bako. The accommodation in the longhouse was, as expected, simple and clean. The beds are of the platform mattress type, with good quality mosquito nets. We used our own silk liners, and the fan for a few hours, and slept well. The longhouse has a lovely atmosphere, especially at night when smoldering logs are placed in the centrepiece, to ward off the mozzies. With a glass of Adrians rice wine, perfect.
During the day there was always a welcome supply of flasks with hot & cold water for coffee/tea.
Olivia's cooking was freshly prepared, and very tasty. We got to try a couple of new foods, and some we hadn't had for a number of years (sago!).
The personal touch was amazing, Adrian can only be described as a one man tourist industry. When booking via email, he personally contacted Bako, to help secure our booking. Once we arrived everything was organsised for us. From pickup at the airport, drop off at Gading with a guide to locate a recently flowering , fresh coconut milk drinks at Pandan beach, hikes at Kubah, visits to Matang & Semengogh, Benuk longhouse, a dip in the hot springs at Panchor, and dropoff at Bako.
I can't say enough good things about our hosts. If you go with a rough idea of what you want to do, and have a flexible approach, then you'll have a great stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Kebun was started 12 years ago as our plan for a retirement home in Sarawak, East Malaysia. Adrian’s Bungalow was put up after being disassembled from the movie set of The Sleeping Dictionery. Olivia’s was only put up only two years later when it was taken out of storage which was also disassembled from the same movie set. The farmstay side of the business only started in April 2010 after much encouragement from friends.The Kebun is not just accommodation, it is an experience. If you would like to get a taste for the basics of a simple lifestyle in a beautiful tropical setting, which is of fresh gardens of organic herbs & vegetables, picking your own tropical fruits, dining on fresh farm raised livestock, fishing for your own freshwater fish & simple accommodation with little impact to the environment, or even to help out with feeding all of the animals at the end of the day’s activities and again in the morning, then your are up for a unique Sarawakian adventure at The Kebun. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Kebun Kuching, Sarawak