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“Touristy but enjoyable and informative”

Mari Mari Cultural Village
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Half-Day Mari-Mari Cultural Village Tour in Kota Kinabalu
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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...
Reviewed January 5, 2013

While very touristy, we throughly enjoyed our visit and gained an insight into the culture of Sabah. Our guide was informative, interesting and entertaining, which is a great combination of attributes! There were 'actvities' to take part in (or not) such as the blow pipe, cooking in a bamboo shoot and trampolining.

We arranged a taxi from KK (who waited for us) and paid for entry at the Cultural Village (this worked out cheaper for us then arranging a tour which included being collected from the hotel).

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Reviewed January 3, 2013

Brilliant !! Learnt huge amounts about Malaysian history and culture in a very fun way. Our guide for the morning was Tom, a very, very funny guy. The tour consisted of 5 tribal houses and there were activities to take part in in each house. The staff put on a display of traditional dancing at the end.. the dance with sticks is incredible. A buffet lunch was included in the price ( around £30) and was amongst the best food we'd eaten in Malaysia ( which is saying something). Great morning out, very highly recommended.

Thank neil f
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

For a tourist excursion, we think this is one worth going to. You get to see 5 different tribal village styles, with lots of interactive activities and food and drink samples (if you know how to drink out of a used bamboo cup without letting it touch your lips...). We practiced with a blow pipe, jumped on the woven trampoline and tried dancing between the bamboo poles without getting our ankles crushed. The music and dance was really great too. Loads of fun and with wonderful Sabah staff. Be sure to bring some mozzie spray because you'll encounter a few in the huts. Yes it's a tourist site, but we thought it was very well done.

Thank RandRabroad
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

I recommend going for the dusk service - it adds an aura of authenticity!
I got to see more than I expected - I learned a lot and we had a lot of fun. the bambo cooking was surprisingly delicious!

For an option cheaper than a tour, get a couple of people together to catch a taxi. they will wait for you there and bring you back. Check prices and you'll find you can negotiate a cheaper fare in a taxi. However, be aware that this means the entry cost will be *additional* so make sure you take that into account.

Thank KickingTheBucketList
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

a good evening out enabling you to understand some of the heritage of borneo, the food is good and dont worry about the bamboo meal it is ok

Thank jacqui h
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