Long Banga ;is a rural village located in the northeast of Sarawak, Malaysia, ;in the Marudi ;division. It lies approximately 589.6 kilometres (366 ;mi) east-north-east of the state capital Kuching. The name of "Long Banga" originated from a small river near the site of the village. Kampung Long Banga is two villages, one is predominantly Saban ;people, and the other is Kenyah ;Leppo' Ke people. The village is located quite close to the international border (Batu Kallong) ;between Indonesian Kalimantan and Sarawak. The area is on the upper reaches of the Baram River. The village is about one hour walk from Long Peluan and two days walk from Lio Matoh. The village is said to date back to about 1900 and was founded by a group of kenyah ;people from Long Peluan, followed by some saban people, though some dispute this account. They converted from pagan beliefs to Christianity in the 1960s. The village was used as a base by the Allied Army during the Confrontation in the mid-1960s. Before the mid-1980s travel to the village was predominantly by the river, but in the late 1980s and early 1990s, this isolated place could be reached by small aircraft like the DHC-6 Twin Otter and helicopter. Now it is also accessible by timber or logging road from Merawa Camp. There are also scheduled flights by Malaysia Airlines to Miri and Marudi.
Long Banga Airport ;is an airport serving Long Banga, a village in the state of Sarawak in Malaysia. The airport was a small grass airstrip until 1965. During the Indonesia-Malaysia confrontation, the British Army ;established a forward base here and improved the airstrip with the aid of a small bulldozer parachuted in by the RAF. ;The land where the airport is located was donated by local villager Mr Lale Wa.
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The Best Time to Visit: between March ;and ;October ;is considered the dry season and so the best time to visit Long Banga. It will be hot and humid throughout, with temperatures rising towards the end of the season before the rains come.
1. Long Banga Village - Experience the Heart of Borneo with a stay in Long Banga village. Located in the upper highlands area of Sarawak, the forests in this area are part of a proposal to create a massive 200,000-hectare national park. Experience the unique traditions of the Kenyah and Saban tribes who live here. As their slogan says, come as a guest, come back again as a family.