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Mari Mari Cultural Village
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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...
British Columbia
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87 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed March 14, 2013

Good guide, very informative, got to see how several different tribes lived, and sample some native food & drink.

Visited March 2013
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67 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Fun interactive introduction to Sabah”
Reviewed March 9, 2013

A few friends and I visited this cultural visit prior to climbing Mt Kinabalu. I mean, we had to have some cultural part to our visit.

Our guide did a fantastic job with his explanations and demonstrations introducing the different tribes of Sabah. There were different houses which showcased the different architecture and activities done by the various tribes. We were given a chance at blowing darts, dancing with the locals, get tipsy with rice wine, etc. The people in the village were extremely friendly and gladly obliged to have their photos taken with us.

Would recommend this village to any friends visiting Sabah.

Visited March 2013
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52 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Nice tour”
Reviewed March 8, 2013

We did the tour starting at 2pm, it was OK because it was a raining day,otherwise I would suggest to do the tour in the morning, it can get very hot at this time. It was a cultural tour, very entertaining, it end up with a beautiful performance.

Visited February 2013
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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14 reviews
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“Cultural experience”
Reviewed March 6, 2013

Really good fun, very interactive, I highly recommend just getting amongst it all and trying everything from the rice wine to the blow darts! Went at night time and had a great feed afterwards. Very talented people running the whole thing.

Visited March 2013
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Doha, Qatar
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14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Just wonderful”
Reviewed March 5, 2013

The people who run this attraction have gone out of their way to make it right. From the guides to the chiefs, they all seem to enjoy what they are doing and as a result, you will to. There are well laid out replicas of different tribal traditional living quarters with samples of traditional cooking and drinks. Lots of explanation and demonstrations. The traditional entertainment is well performed and just long enough. Lots of photo ops and over all a very nice excursion with detailed insights into the past. If you travel to Kota Kinabalu and are looking for an interesting morning or afternoon, book this.

Visited March 2013
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