Lamin Dana is basically a cultural boutique lodge in the Melanau heartland of Mukah, Sarawak. The Melanau, who make up about 7% of the Sarawak population, is the oldest ethnic group found in Central Sarawak.
The idea to preserve the tribe of Melanau and its culture and tradition came to its proprietress, Diana Rose, in 1999.
Passionate about her community, Diana Rose, who is a journalist, started building this traditional Melanau house on Valentine’s Day in 1999, putting all her savings into it. It was a rough journey from the beginning, when it opened its doors to guests in early 2000, because no tourist would come by this Melano area, as it had nothing interesting to offer.
However, her breakthrough point was when Lamin Dana, which means ‘traditional house’ in her archaic dialect, was mentioned on Lonely Planet. It has since been featured in many local and international media networks.
Built by a team of four men, next to the original Melanau ‘tall house’ that was owned by Diana Rose’s family, Lamin Dana is now a major tourist attraction in Sarawak’s central region.
Lamin Dana, located in the water village of Kampung Tellian, is a combination of a guest house, bed & breakfast and a living museum. Guests can experience for themselves the Melanau culture and lifestyle, partaking in various local activities, especially along Sungai Tellian (Tellian River), or their simple daily life. Traditional massages and steam bath are also offered here.
Lamin Dana, which has two family rooms on the ground floor and ten double rooms upstairs, can accommodate some twenty pax at a time. All rooms are named after Diana’s favourite local fruits.
Currently, Lamin Dana promotes four packages:
3D/2N Lamin Dana Cultural Tour
2D/1N Lamin Dana Mangrove Tour
3D/2N Kaul Festival, and
Lamin Dana Day Tour.
These packages are priced from RM80 per pax.
For further information, or to make a reservation, contact:
Diana Rose – owner of Lamin Dana
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