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Reviewed 9 January 2017

Backyard Tour surprised us with a refreshing and magnificent waterfall after a short trekking through forest with the guide from Lawrence, Simon and Dawson. There we got a chance to get wet ourselves and enjoy an alfresco meal of the best grilled fish, chicken soup cooked in bamboo and delicious local vegetable. It stunned our eyes when Lawrence and Simon jumped from the top of the waterfall bravely. Then, we went and visited Annah Rais Long House, Padawan with a very warm welcome from Bidayuh people who offered homemade drink. After the visit, we travelled to Kampung Giam and got a short tour around the village by Phyllis who is Bidayuh. She introduced the plants, bridges, school and people in the village to us. It is very fascinating to see the beauty of flowers and scenery such as mountain. To her, it is very important to preserve and share with others the culture of Bidayuh. So, after getting laksa, BBQ chicken and sausage as dinner, we had an opportunity to see a cultural performance done by some children. We even got involved and knew more about Bidayuh dances. After a good night sleep and rest in Giam Homestay, we prepared ourselves for the adventure to Penot Cave by sampan through Sarawak River with the guide from Poona and Robly. Another jungle trekking brought us to the cave. It was awesome to see the natural cave structure and bats flying all over our heads, even a small river in the cave. Next, we enjoyed local fruit which looks like mango and put ourselves into the cool water of the river. Overall, it is simple but fascinating!

Date of experience: January 2017
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BackyardTourMalaysia, Owner at Backyard Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 11 January 2017

Hi,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review for us and we would just like to say thank you for writing such a positive. At Backyard Tour we strive to bring the best out of ourselves and partners and we are so glad that you have thought so highly of the work they have put in to make the experience memorable. Your review will certainly push all of us to work even harder to ensure the best authentic experience for our future clients. Thank you again on behalf of the guys from the village and from us!

Sincerely
Dawson

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Reviewed 23 December 2016

Took a day tour with backyard tours to Kampung Begu and had lunch with the native guides at their own home. Had food cooked by natives with produced from their own farm. How authentic can it get? Did not felt welcomed as guest, but welcomed as friends...

Date of experience: December 2016
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BackyardTourMalaysia, Owner at Backyard Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 11 January 2017

Hi,

It was our pleasure to welcome you to the villages and we're glad that you've enjoyed the whole trip. Thank you for such a positive review and on behalf of the guys from the village, another big thank you for coming over and sharing the experience with all of us.

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Dawson

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Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

We chose Backyard Tours as it offered a tour that met our requirements-a preview of authentic village life in just a day and an easy type of tour without much trekking and is not too tiring. We got what we wanted, gained so much insight from the Begu Village and Anna Rais Longhouse tour.

What is amazing about Backyard Tours is that this started as one of the project proposals by young students sponsored by an organization and eventually became a small business with a social entrepreneurship framework. Dawson and Abbie were those students. For the Begu Tour they collaborated with farmers to take us around-not the usual type of farmers but young, sporty-looking guys who love social media aside from farming. They cooked us a truly delicious meal on bamboo over fire.

Backyard Tours, according to the young owners, continues to develop its tour programs tapping the indigenous groups as Abbie comes from the Bidayuh tribe herself.

Date of experience: October 2016
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BackyardTourMalaysia, Owner at Backyard Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 11 January 2017

Hi,

Thank you for such a positive review which will no doubt spur us on to work even harder to ensure the best authentic experience for our future guests. We are glad that you've enjoyed your day with us and we hope to see you again in the future!

Sincerely
Dawson

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Reviewed 6 November 2016

Abbie and Dawson met us at our lodge at 8.30am sharp and whisked off into the interior to an area called Padawan, about 1 1/2hrs out of Kuching town. The trip took us into Bidayuh land and being an agrarian community, we got to learn about the Bidayuh peoples traditional methods of planting and other processes of harvesting etc which was a highlight as it provides a sense of planting with a purpose – to feed the people and to feed the land. It is fantastic to see the local lads Harry, Leslie and Andy taking a keen interest in promoting their way of life to visitors and their interest in maintaining their forested land as it is , rather than turning it into vast plantations. Which provided us an opportunity to trek through secondary rainforests which led us into a cave, saw a variety of pitcher plants, did a bit of birdwatching along the way and then a visit to a wonderfully refreshing clean , crystal clear waterfall where we were treated to a buffet of bidayuh cuisine of chicken cooked in bamboo (on a fire which Andy had swiftly made by the river), salads made from local vegetables, grilled meats and the best tasting tea ever - cooked using water from the fall and bamboo from the forest. Well done Abbie and Dawson for a great introduction to life at Kampung Begu.

Date of experience: October 2016
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BackyardTourMalaysia, Owner at Backyard Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2016

Hi,

Thank you for such a positive review which will only spur us on to improve the overall tour experience for our future travellers. We are glad that you've enjoyed your time with us at the village and we hope to see you again in the future!

Sincerely
Dawson

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Reviewed 27 September 2016

I contacted Backyard Tours 2 days before my trip to Kuching and Dawson was quick to reply to my email. Dawson suggested a day tour to Bau town area, which was about 40 minutes away from Kuching. I had a great time exploring Bau and its surroundings with Dawson and Abbie. Dawson and Abbie were friendly, informative and knowledgeable guides. We went to a local market at Bau to buy food for our lunch. Thereafter, we stopped by Blue Lake before going to Serikin market, which was an interesting weekend market located at the border of Malaysia and Indonesia. For lunch, we had picnic at the waterfall. We ate local snacks, kolo mee and a local fruit (Buah Assam). After lunch, we went to Fairy Cave, which was a beautiful limestone cave. Before the tour ended, Abbie and Dawson took me to a local food stall to try shave ice dessert and local food. It was a fun day and I highly recommend Backyard Tours.

Date of experience: September 2016
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BackyardTourMalaysia, Owner at Backyard Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2016

Hi,

It was an awesome day spent with you as well! We're glad that you've enjoyed the experience that we offered and we truly are thankful for the positive review you have given us. We will work harder to ensure we provide better experience for future travellers. We hope to see you again in the future.

Sincerely
Dawson Lee

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