3 Days 2 Nights Ba Kelalan Lifestyle & Salt Making ~ Upper Baram, Sarawak Borneo

Trip Description

Introduction of Ba Kelalan

Ba Kelalan, is home to about 1,000 Lun Bawang tribes at an altitude of 1,500 feet above sea level . Nestled in the heart of Borneo's world renowned and oldest tropical rainforests is blessed with sub-tropical all day cool and amazingly fresh weather. Day temperature hovers between 25 – 32º celcius while night temperature drops to around 15º Celsius on some days. The lowest recorded for Ba Kelalan is 10º Celsius. And is reachable either by Maswings Twin Otter regular weekly flights from Lawas or by driving. Driving by 4 X 4WD from Lawas is through a timber road which passes through Lun Bawang mountain villages and winding through hills, mountains and valleys and idyllic cool mountain surroundings.

Ba Kelalan as recorded by Tom Harrison & Hudson Southwell is the origin of wet paddy farming, and in times past, had been extended to Bario, Long Semadoh and beyond. This unique "adan" rice or popularly known as Bario Rice is found only in the highlands of Ba Kelalan, Long Semadoh, Bario and Krayan villages of East Kalimantan.

The Lun Bawang have been in this area for more 200 years and proudly claimed themselves as the "people of this place." They no longer lived in longhouses but most of them have single-family houses. Each family have their own common culture of rice farming, livestock rearing and strong commercial interest and tough physiques bred by centuries of mountain walking.

Ba Kelalan is not only home to its unique 'adan' rice or 'pade dari', and apples but also its Ba Kelalan medicinal rock salt. Its has three operating salt springs providing mountain salt that contains high iodine content and other minerals. Several exotic fruits are grown such as Abiu, Ice Cream Bean, Christina, Passion fruits, Avocados, Strawberries and others. Ba Kelalan is also famed for its water buffaloes that are used in the paddy fields, for hauling fire wood and for their meat.

What also makes Ba Kelalan unique is its truly beautiful scenery commonly described as "Swiss Alps". Its rain forest covered mountains are forever green and inviting. The mountains, valleys, rivers, flora and fauna and wildlife are pretty unspoilt and had been so for generations. Ba Kelalan is one of the most beautiful place, peaceful with all its hidden treasures . The people inhabiting the area are likewise unique in their culture and traditions. It's a land of the friendly smiles from the young and the old. The people makes you feel you are truly at home and is one of them. This sets Ba Kelalan apart from the rest. The sights and sounds of Ba Kelalan are there to beckon.


Borneo ~ Sarawak ~ Miri ~ Ba Kelalan ~ Lawas

Room Type

All Homestays in Ba Kelalan are basic

Room Description

fan cooled but usually not necessary as it is normally quite chilly at night; shared bathrooms ; cold water showers ; no electricity ~ either running on generators or candle lit ; thin blankets provided so bring own extra blankets or sleeping bags ; bring own toiletries

Facilities & Activities

Ba Kelalan trips are back to basic trips , so take it as an adventure back in time where walking was the only means of getting anywhere (although there are 4WDs to ferry people around nowadays) , no electricity to light homes and streets - just stars and water comes straight from the river or natural underground sources or surrounding mountains. Be aware that you will probably not be able to use your mobile phone at certain areas in the highlands

3 Days 2 Nights Ba Kelalan Lifestyle & Salt Making


(Min No. of Pax)
2 person http://www.heartofborneotours.com


Accommodations, Meals as stated, ground transfer and guide on tour


Air fare, Traveling Insurances, Alcoholic beverages.


Good grip shoes, sandal, extra shocks , raincoat, rucksack water bottle, towel and advise to bring your own small first aid kits, insect repellent, sun block lotion, torchlight, toiletries, lightweight sleeping bag, towel


MASWINGS airline have a 3 FLIGHTS weekly from Miri via Lawas on Wednesday , Monday, and Saturday. Booking can be done online at www.maswings.com.my


DAY 01

Depart from Lawas to Ba Kelalan by MASWING airlines. You will be meet by your host family . Make yourself at home with your new family. Lunch . After lunch , we will Visit the Apple Orchard. And thereafter proceed trek to Pa Sarui view point. Great view for photography for Ba Kelalan village if weather permits. Trek down leisurely and strolling along the river and back to the Homestay for After dinner get to know your host family and learn more about the lun Bawang customs. Over night. (L/D)

DAY 02

After breakfast, we will go on a 4wd to Long Rusu ,passing through few villages along the way . And thereafter proceed with our host family for a picnic at "Ritan Waterfall" trekking along the paddy field and river crossing before we reach the waterfall spot. Take a swim while enjoying the flora and fauna of the rain forest. We have our Picnic Lunch. After lunch, later in the afternoon we return back to Long Rusu Homestay. 1330hrs 4wd to visit the Buduk Bui salt spring. Witness the process of the salt making. We take the 4wd to Long Langai . Tea break at the headmen house. Try your hand at making the local "Kueh" like"kelupis,roti benak" all which are all made up from the Glutinous rice. leisure walk to Buduk Nur Village about 20mins walk along the paddy field. Check in at Homestay. After dinner, your host and the local will teach you how to play with the Suling/Bas (Music made from special bamboo) and the Lun Bawang dance . Overnight at Long Langai Homestay (B/L/D)

DAY 03

Breakfast. Depart from Ba kelalan to Miri via Lawas. (B)

Terms & Conditions


- Services providers such as hotels, carriers, restaurant contractors or any other companies related to the services provided may charge cancellations, amendments and/or no show fees. travel operator cannot be held responsible for charges incurred due to unforeseen circumstances.

Cancellation Charges

In the event of a confirmed booking being cancelled, cancellation charges will be levied. Cancellation charges - Days before Arrival Date

a. Less than 45 business days 10% of total invoice

b. Less than 30 business days 25% of total invoice

c. Less than 15 business day 100% of total invoice

“No Show”

In the event a client is a “No Show”, no refund in full or in part will be given for services in the program not utilised.


- After start of tour, no refund, in full or in part will be given for any services not utilized.


Unless otherwise specified in the tariff, a child under the age of 12 years occupying the same room as his/her parents using existing bedding is usually accommodated free of charge, except where a child supplement is stated.

In the case of tours and excursions, child rate is 75% of adult rates for tours inclusive of meals and accommodation. The child rate is based on the sharing of a twin room with 2 adults. An extra bed will be provided for the child in this twin room.

For transfers and day tours (without meals) child rate will be 50% of adult rates. An infant is defined as an individual up to 2 years old. A child is defined as an individual above the 2 years old and below 12 years old.