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Mari Mari Cultural Village

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
+60 13-881 4921
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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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  • Average7%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
LOCATION
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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+60 13-881 4921
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"dance performance"
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"bamboo dance"
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"local tribes"
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"tribal houses"
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"morning tour"
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"different cultures"
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"long houses"
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Very well organised and put together. You get to know a lot about the local culture and way of living. Our guide, Gabrielle, was excellent and managed the group and activities well! Worth a visit, we had a great time!

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

What a super experience. Well located, this village was a comprehensive view of several major cultural groups in the past. Our visit was well paced, spending as much time as was needed, but no more as we went through the village. Lots of things to...More

Thank Kate5656
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were truly impressed by learning about the life-traditions, cultures and evolution of several tribes of the Sabah region. I would classify this 2.5-3 hour trip like an experiential tourism of sorts. As the cultural hosts do get the visitors participate in dance performances and...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have attended similar types of cultural experiences in a number of countries: this was one of three best in terms of experiencing differences in culture through food and housing and customs. Well worth doing.

Thank David C
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Riverbug, Web M at Mari Mari Cultural Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hai David, we hope you enjoy the memories at MMCV. Thank you for your feedback:)

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There were 9 of us and we came here by booking via an agent. Upon arrival, were were greeted by Yvonne, who is a young native Dusun girl. She took us around and was our guide for the entire tour. What amazes me is that...More

1  Thank Gan_Intl_Travel
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Riverbug, Web M at Mari Mari Cultural Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hai Gan! Thank you for you positive feedback:)

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Visits to cultural village are generally not for us - tend to make us cringe. But Mari Mari village was just great - a nice surprise. Well laid out and staffed by a great crew of young people. The exposure to the various forms of...More

Thank Rob W
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Riverbug, Web M at Mari Mari Cultural Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hai Rob, Thank you for visiting us! We always do the best for our guest:)

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Reviewed June 15, 2018 via mobile

Booked a private tour, with transport, personal guide, lunch and entrance fee with cultural dance to Mari Mari Cultural Village. Journey to the village was scenic. Tour started on time at 10am. Personal guide speaks fluent English. Highlight of the tour cover the following indigenous...More

Thank Emily2018_G_Scott
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Riverbug, Web M at Mari Mari Cultural Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hai Scoot:), Thanks for visiting us! we glad to hear the positive vibes from you, hope to see you again:)

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Reviewed June 5, 2018 via mobile

It was well organized, with a good mix of food. It was an interactive experience with the local tribal people. The guide was friendly and could speak several languages. We enjoyed the food tasting in the various houses and the trampoline of the Murut tribe....More

Thank BusymummyJR
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Riverbug, Web M at Mari Mari Cultural Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi BusymummyJR, thank you for you positive feedback:)

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Reviewed June 3, 2018

Really good trip with lots and lots of photo opportunities. You get to see 5 different tribes including head hunters (they don't practice this anymore). Go in the morning as it gets very hot , you will then get to see the dance show before...More

Thank christhorpe4
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Riverbug, Web M at Mari Mari Cultural Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hai chris, thank you for you feedback:)

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Reviewed May 30, 2018

We booked this trip as an 'add on' to an organised tour and were very please we did. We were collected from our hotel and taken to the village where there were a number of authentic huts in the style of each of the major...More

Thank BobBonHere
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Riverbug, Web M at Mari Mari Cultural Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hai bob, thank you for you comment :) Will pay attention for the shop:)

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Kelson L
March 25, 2018|
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Response from Riverbug | Property representative |
hi, yes we have in house guide for walk in customer but to make thing smoother we recommend that you make phone booking to avoid any problem tel:+60138814921
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Hannan A
November 19, 2017|
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Response from Trevor L | Reviewed this property |
I just walked in but I would suggest at least calling to check
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November 3, 2017|
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Response from MM4749 | Reviewed this property |
It is easy to get there. But if you're taking a taxi or an Uber, you might have a harder time getting a ride back when the tour is over. You just have to make sure that you have a ride available for you to return in advance... More
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