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Experiment Tour

Green & Gold Tourism in Padawan


On the 18th of December 2023, the REBORN team orchestrated an exploration of green and gold tourism in Padawan, graced by the presence of Deputy Minister for Tourism Sarawak, Datuk Sebastian, and Deputy State Secretary Datu Hii Chang Kee, alongside local councillors of Padawan. This experimental tour was centered on engaging with community leaders and members, actively listening to their perspectives, learning from their experiences, and collaboratively discussing strategies for collective action.

The initial stop was at De’Remin Sapit, where the team was graciously hosted by Mr. Amir, the owner. De’Remin Sapit, managed locally, curates a village staycation experience that purposefully integrates indigenous culture and the surrounding natural landscape. Despite the absence of an electric supply due to the lack of nearby utility infrastructure, leading to reliance on generators, this destination has successfully attracted visitors from various locations seeking to immerse themselves in its unique offerings. 

Subsequently, the team proceeded to the Bidayuh Annah Rais Longhouse, where they were warmly welcomed by the local community through performances of Bidayuh’s traditional dances and delectable ethnic cuisine. Mr. Mark, the owner of Kellon homestay, introduced the activity of bamboo rafting, a must-try experience during a visit to the Bidayuh Annah Rais longhouse. The minister and permanent secretariat were invited to partake in the bamboo rafting experience. Finally, the team concluded their visit at Semadang Adventure, where they were hosted by the Semadang Adventure team, engaging in a river excursion and a high tea networking session.


Dr. Hiram, the director of Responsible Borneo (REBORN), emphasized that tourism fundamentally revolves around fostering connections. Padawan, with its offerings of nature and culture, serves as a testament to the depth of its people's heritage. This Green & Gold experimental trip in Padawan provided yet another remarkable opportunity to experience adventure, culture, nature, and cuisine all within one enthralling journey.



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