Picnic with the Penan
Long Kerong, Long Spigen, Long Sait, Long Lellang, Ba Lai
Who they are
Picnic with the Penan is a community based eco-tourism project that is owned and operated solely by the indigenous Penan community members from the surrounding villages. This grassroots initiative aims to provide authentic, unique and low impact trips for adventurous tourists, as well as generating income and resources for the local communities. This project offers a variety of trip itineraries which allow visitors to explore the surrounding rainforest and spend time with their local hosts — the Penan people of Sarawak.
The Penan are one of the smallest tribal groups in Borneo, many of which are still semi-nomadic. Most of the Penan still rely on the surrounding rainforest for their daily needs and they are true forest experts. Although their traditional customs and beliefs remain strong, many of their practices and rituals are still unknown to the outside world.
What they offer
The programs and activities vary depending on the time that travellers have and what their interests are. All trips are tailor-made to suit the travellers, but general activities include: Trekking, fishing, cultural experiences (living with a local Penan family, cooking, blow pipe making, folklore and storytelling), camping, swimming in rivers and waterfalls, ethno-botany and food gathering. Trips can range from 3 nights/4 days to 1 week or longer. Volunteer placements may be possible in the future.
Please note: These trips can be challenging, both physically and mentally, so intrepid, open and fit travellers are best suited.
Although you can reach Long Kerong on your own, (it is 8 hours by 4WD from Miri in Sarawak, Malaysia), it is best if you contact Picnic with the Penan first so that they can help organise a guide and trip for you. This is a very remote location that can only accommodate a small number of visitors at any one time and they would like you to be sensitive to this. If you are interested in visiting this location please use the contact and website link provided.
What to bring
- Sleeping sheet
- Mosquito repellent
- Local rubber walking shoes (kampong Adidas)
- Candles & lighter
- Dry bag
- Ear plugs
- First aid kit & medication
- Sarong / towel
- Toiletries (biodegradable)
Available for hire: Hammock, mosquito net & leech socks
Accommodation & Amenities
- During village homestays you will sleep on the ground with a roll-mat. In the rainforest you sleep in hammocks (private tents are an option but this is not recommended).
- Bathing in river; forest or basic squat toilet with bucket.
- There is only some electricity from generators when in the villages.
- Local food will be served in the homestays and on the jungle treks. This will be primarily rice, vegetables and meat. Vegetarians should let them know beforehand and bring supplementary food products (like protein bars, peanuts etc). Food can be repetitive, so it is suggested that you bring snacks to be shared with the other travellers and guides.
- Prices depend on size of the group and the duration of the trip. A sample itinerary of 4 nights/5 days = USD $50.00 per person/per day for a group of 4 people or more, or USD $120.00 per day for 1 person only. The price includes everything except return flights or 4WD from Miri to Long Banga.