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“The place to feel the life of native Malaysian”

Mari Mari Cultural Village
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$32.14*
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Half-Day Mari-Mari Cultural Village from 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...
Guri, South Korea
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“The place to feel the life of native Malaysian”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

CYC(2010)+G
-A tourist spot to feel the life of native Malaysian-
Although we can't see all thing because it was night, we experienced well. Shooting poison needle, tattooing on arm, eating some food, playing on trampoline, and the show. The natives were kind and we experienced well.

Visited February 2012
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Interesting tour!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

Mari Mari Cultural Village would be a good visit if you are interested in the way the olden day locals used to live. You would get to see the traditional huts, costumes, dance and sample their food. It takes about 3-4 hours for the whole visit. You wouldn't really be bored as there is much to see and try throughout the visit.

Visited January 2013
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“Good Excursion if Staying in/near Kota Kinabalu”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2013

This was interesting but felt a bit contrived at times. The best part was the meal and the dancing! The house tours were interesting, but again felt contrived. This is worth doing if you are in the area, but I would not go out of my way to visit here.

Visited October 2012
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Great night”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2013

We did a night tour of the Mari Mari village. It was really good and our young kids got into the experience. Son enjoyed trying out the blow dart.

As we were 6 people, we booked a taxi and simply purchased tickets at the gate. No problem, but we saved a heap.

Food was ok, but nothing special.

Visited January 2013
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Melbourne
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“Fun morning”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

We echo the other reviews - this is touristy, but good fun and in a lovely setting; certainly better than just wandering around the thatch houses outside the Sabah Museum (although I also enjoyed the indoor exhibits in the museum very much). The included lunch with local quisine was good - a chance to try the local salad leaves (the finer one is really peppery), mains (e.g. dried fish), etc, that I wouldn't have been game to in the market.
And yes, I loved trying the blow pipe - surprisingly very accurate.

Thanks to our guide Roy, the impressive dancers and others

PS. don't forget your insect repellent

Visited January 2013
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