Just five minutes drive from Kanowit Bazaar is a beautiful longhouse Rh. Benjamin Angki or Rantau Kemiding where you find a little stretch of the romantic Kanowit river meandering to the left of the longhouse.
When the sun shines on the river you see jewels shimmering in front of you. You wlll definitely like the scene. A kepayang tree with its big leaves will beckon to you too. I saw some fruits on the tree.
There is a small chalet for homestay if you like. Or you can choose to stay with the Chief of the Longhouse or Tuai Rumah who is the only Long house Chief with an American Degree in Sarawak!! TR Benjamin Angki Kaboy (his full name)is a retired Shell employee and studied in the US.
the longhouse has been Roman Catholic since the first RC priests came to Kanowit to spread Christianity. Sunday Mass is said in the Ruai of the longhouse from time to time. But as the road to Kanowit is now opened up most people worship in St. Francis Xavier one of the earliest churches in Sarawak!!
An extra feature for those of you who are interested in a video of Rantau Kemiding.....
Perhaps next Gawai (June) you could book the chalet or some of the rooms in the longhouse for a nice Gawai holiday in Sarawak!!
Kanowit is only 40 minutes from Sibu by car!! See you there!