Cultural Immersion

On our trip to Ulu Belait, the main transport we used were the 4WDs owned by some of the local drivers who volunteered to drive us to Ulu Belait. We met them at Kg Sungai Mau, parked our cars there as our cars were not suitable for the puddles and muddy road up ahead; and joined them to a 2 hours 50 minutes drive to Kampong Sukang.

“Most of us were fascinated by the scenery along the way to Kg. Sukang. Literally, we were surrounded by the jungle.”

Photo by: Aqilah’s Iphone

“Just look at that beautiful scenery! Hidden gems located in Ulu Belait.

Just gonna put my hands up for having #motionsickness along the way to Kg. Sukang.” #greenface

Photo by: Aqilah’s Iphone

Kampong Sukang

The time when we finally arrived at Kg. Sukang was exactly during midday. Our first stop was the village headman’s house which is one of the longhouse located in Kg. Sukang. We managed to have a sit-down conversation with the village headman himself, to ask about the history of the village. Where he shared about the history of when they decided to name the village as Kg. Sukang. He shared the name ‘Sukang’ came from one of our local durian species called 'Sukang' that is growing well in that area.

He also shared that there are 3 particular tribes living close together in Kg. Sukang; Dusun, Iban and Penan and nowadays, there are few left still living in Kg. Sukang as most have migrated to the city (Bandar).

“The outside view of the headman’s longhouse in Kg. Sukang.”

“A bright sunny day to be walking on a bridge towards the Penan’s longhouse. Seriously we can't experience this in Bandar, but only in Kg. Sukang - a place hidden from the outside world”.

History of Kampong Sukang

In the past, the first two tribes to set foot in Kg. Sukang were Puak Dusun and Puak Iban. Hence, based from the information that we got, Puak Iban first came to Brunei in 1943 all the way from Malaysia. Eventually, both the Puak Dusun and Puak Iban are known to be the first indigenous people that have been living along the Ulu Belait and Ulu Temburong areas.

The headman also mentioned that their staple food or the main produce of the village is sago from the Rumbia tree, known locally as ‘Ambulung’; a well-known Bruneian traditional dish.

Penan’s Longhouse

Our second pit-stop was the Penan’s Longhouse, which is located on the other side of the river from the headman’s longhouse in Kg. Sukang. On our way to the Penan’s longhouse, we took a quick boat trip across the river.

“The Penan’s Longhouse - located in a remote area in Kg. Sukang. A very quiet place only surrounded by the voice of nature.”

Photo by: Aqilah’s Iphone

“Sun-kissed and few mosquito bites, we managed to snap our photos wearing the handicrafts made by the Penan people”, #toomuchVitaminD

Photo by: Nazurah’s Iphone