About the Homestay
I run the business with my mother. Our house is an extension of the Bario long house in Bario, Baram, Sarawak, Malaysia. Bario Highlands is inhabited by the Kelabit tribe who are well known for their friendliness and hospitality. The highland, a plateau surrounded by mountain ranges, is approximately about 3120 ft above sea level. The temperature is between 14 - 20 degree C, but could drop below 10 at night depending on the season.
We have about 9 rooms offering about 20 beds. Three of the bedrooms have fantastic view of the paddy field and mountains. Two large bedrooms downstairs that could accommodate between 4 - 6 people. The most unique feature is in the kitchen with a 50 years history, called the "tetel", an earth fireplace. It is the heart of the house where conversations take place, and the traditional cooking is done. It is perfect for bar-be-ques traditional way. We also have a mini bar and a cafe.
The village is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Our farm hill offers an amazing 360 degrees picturesque view of the village. Our packages offer jungle trekking, mountain climbing, paddy field trails, and as well as guided tour to the villages.
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
Our home is located at Bario Asal Longhouse in the rural and remote village of Bario Highlands. It is safe. Bario has a history of producing the Bario adan rice “has long been regarded as one of the finest rice grains of the world“ (Sarawak Tourism Board), and also famous for the Kelabit/Bario salt that is produced by evaporating salty water from a local salt spring.
We are about 5 km from Bario airport and less than 5 minutes drive. Walking takes 30 minutes. Airport transfers is by 4x4wd truck.
Bario Highlands is located in the north east side of Sarawak. The nearest town is Marudi, a 30 minutes flight, and the nearest city is Miri, a 45 minutes flight respectively.
Bario has cafes, art gallery and handicraft shop. Please note that there is no bank or ATM facility. Therefore, you need to bring cash in Malaysian currency, the Ringgit (MYR). You could make arrangement with us to pay the bed and board charges via internet banking.
Visitors/tourists discover that Bario offers the best place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The hill and the mountain are popular amongst climbers and offer a spectacular view of Bario. There are many attractive activities to choose from with different packages and trails.
Local Area Facilities
Hosts can offer a complimentary light breakfast at their discretion. All other meals will incur an additional cost. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.
Included in the stay
- Complimentary Light Breakfast
- Use of Kitchen
Available on request at an extra cost
- Full Board
Traditional and cultural
Smoking is allowed outdoors only.
How do I book?
Contact the host to check their availability and ask them any questions you have about staying with them. Once the host confirms they’re available for your dates, you can complete your booking.
When do I pay?
Once a host confirms they're available, you can go ahead and pay the 15% booking fee (maximum of 199 $£€ for longer term bookings) using a choice of payment methods: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Maestro, Laser, JCB & PayPal (not available in certain countries). You then pay your host on arrival or as stated by your host on their profile and agreed by you on booking. Please be cautious if a host requests advance payment if its not included on their profile. Our hosts have been advised that if they wish to request advance payment they must make this explicit in their profile. We do not recommend the use of Money gram or Western Union.
When can I share my contact details?
Host and Guest email address, phone number and home address will be exchanged in a confirmation email sent to both immediately after a booking is completed. It's against our policy for Guests and Hosts to exchange direct contact details via our messaging system.