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Mari Mari Cultural Village

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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About Mari Mari Cultural Village
The village is located about 25 minutes away from the city. The journey will take you to long roads surrounded by a rich spectrum of greenery and over arched by wild blue skies. In the village, the colors of cultural diversity are not an issue but rather our pride, where you can savor the soul of Sabah. Upon arrival at the entrance of the village, you will be ushered to the warmth of different homes of the ethnicity of Sabah. Each home was built by descendants of the tribes they represent and offer you a truly genuine experience seeing everything in and around the village lends to its magical prowess of taking you back in time. Not only does this village portray these tribes (5 tribes) through the architectural genius of their traditional houses, but also through a range of simulated lives of the olden epoch by the residents of the village. Acquaint yourself with each tribe as they let you come into their house and their simple yet intricate lives. As you traverse the village, you will find demonstration huts along the main houses in which daily activities of old times come into life. For example, the making of blowpipe, starting a fire (from bamboo), tattoo-making (and its symbolisms) and etc. By the end of your journey into the past, you have been given a setting for you to see, hear, taste and feel the uniqueness of what Sabah truly is. An unforgettable encounter of our Sabahan homeland... AS IT IS... AS IT WAS...
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Half-Day Mari Mari Cultural Village from Kota Kinabalu

Borneo, the world’s third largest island, is famed for its ethnic diversity, yet it can be hard to experience traditional life unless you have days—or weeks!—to spare for jungle travel. In just half a day at the Mari Mari Cultural Village, discover the culture of Sabah’s five main ethnic groups—their houses, costumes, practices, and performances—with a local guide. The tour includes a traditional local meal.
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4 hours
from $35.83

Private Mari-Mari Cultural Village Tour Including Lunch

Explore the Mari-Mari Cultural Village in Sabah with a dedicated guide on this private tour. You'll enjoy personalized attention and the ability to travel at your own pace as you learn about Borneo's ancient and modern culture. Activities include a traditional house tour, a cultural show, and a traditional local lunch.
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5 hours
from $55.39

Half-Day Mari Mari Cultural Village Tour from Kota Kinabalu

Explore Borneo's indigenous cultures on a half-day trip from Kota Kinabalu to Mari Mari Cultural Village, which features traditional houses, crafts, and bushcraft recreated by members of each tribe in Sabah. You'll see local people making blowpipes and kindling bamboo fires, then learn the symbolism behind Sabah's long tradition of tattooing. With pickup and drop-off at hotels in Kota Kinabalu, this tour includes entrance fees and lunch.
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4 hours
from $74.36

Mari Mari Cultural Village Traditional Living

A short drive out of Kota Kinabalu, the Mari Mari Cultural Village provides a convenient opportunity to experience many of Borneo’s unique cultures in a purpose-built cultural village. Learn about the tribes’ traditional dances, cuisines and ways of thriving in Borneo’s challenging jungle. For visitors who can only stay in Borneo briefly, this experience offers a chance to see how Borneo’s cultural diversity matches its biodiversity.
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4 hours
from $66.67

Half-Day Mari Mari Cultural Village from Kota Kinabalu

Visit the Mari Mari Cultural Village, an open-air museum that introduces you to Borneo’s ethnic cultures. Visit longhouses in the village and observe the daily routines of Sabah’s traditional groups including the Dusun, Rungus, Lundayeh, Bajau and Murut. Taste Sabahan specialties for lunch and observe cultural demonstrations such as blowpipe making, fire starting, and tattooing while you learn from your guide about the mystical symbolism behind these practices. Round-trip transport from Kota Kinabalu hotels included.
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4 hours
from $75.40
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ChesterJL wrote a review Aug 2020
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia165 contributions36 helpful votes
Ordered my entrance pass via KLOOK. The staff re-confirm my attendance via Whatapps 48hours and explain the steps by steps what to do when I arrive at the place. I order a Grab go in, and I suggest you to get a transport or arrange with your grab driver to sent you back. The staff are really helpful - Aimi, Saiful and Martinus. Thank you! Our tour guide Saiful, he explained well about the 5 tribe with their brief history. I recommend you to Mari Mari Cultural Village.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Nom B wrote a review Mar 2020
Wandong, Australia55 contributions27 helpful votes
We did the half day tour in the morning. We were advised to do the morning as it gets very hot in the afternoon. Our guide Amir was excellent and had a great sense of humour. This is a brilliant way to learn about the history of the people and it’s very interactive as you can try different foods and participate in activities. The performance at the end was also brilliant. One of the members of our group is a Celiac and they were very accommodating in regards to that as well. A must do when in Kota Kinabalu
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Friggykeith wrote a review Mar 2020
Frigiliana, Spain199 contributions71 helpful votes
The “village” gives a half day opportunity to briefly understand the history of the many tribes who lived here and their culture. It’s not in-depth, but for an introduction, it’s well organised and informative. Our guide did a great job of keeping a very varied group entertained and informed and the various offerings of rice alcohol and cooked rice products were fine. The tour ended with a dance performance and the opportunity to participate before a light local lunch. Photographically, nice pics of the interior of their long houses are there to be had. An enjoyable morning.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Shin C wrote a review Mar 2020
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I went to Mari-Mari Cultural Village with my sister just because we want to skip the super hot weather of island hopping. Hence we have no expectations for this. However this was super awesome and way higher of our expectations. Highly recommended to all whom want to have a relax and hassle-free trip via learning the culture of Sabah. With humour and knowledgeable guide, every moment in Mari Mari Cultural Village is awesome.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Lor6969 wrote a review Mar 2020
Cambridge, United Kingdom210 contributions20 helpful votes
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Very good if you want to know more about the different tribes. We also ate and drink local food made by them. The show at the end was really nice. Thanks
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Date of experience: March 2020
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