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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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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...
Reviewed June 20, 2013

small palce and didnt show sabah culture,hopely the managment can put a lot of
attractive house and activities

Thank garypadeshi
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

This cultural village was like an outdoor museum of Malaysia. It introduced the old time of local Malaysian, how they lived, how they cooked, how they hunted for living, how they made clothes etc. You could walk into the bamboo/wooden houses of different stages of Malaysia.

The staff would dress up to fit the stage of Malaysia (Actually, most of the staff were bare shoulder :P). They would demonstrate how to make a fire out of the bamboo. And you could have a try on their cooking of bamboo rice. One remarkable activity was the jump inside one of the house. They invited guest to join them and jump to take something which was hanging on the roof. It was good to join them~ At the end, they performed a dancing show to give your trip a nice ending.

It took around 2-3 hours for the whole trip. After that, I had a tea buffet inside the cultural village with good food. Fried noodle and fried egg were really good in here. They served the bamboo rice which they demonstrated before. It tasted really good. Besides the small rain at the beginning of the trip, everything was nice.

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Reviewed June 14, 2013

Quite an enjoyable couple of hours. We were shown the traditional ways of life, crafts and cooking methods from years past, even having a go on a blowpipe. The traditional dancing at the end of the tour was a highlight but we were left wanting a little more. Still worth a visit.

2  Thank Donna G
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Reviewed June 13, 2013

As usual, chanced upon this attraction and trusted the opinion expressed in the reviews...and the trust remained intact...enhanced even. Thank you, Tripadvisor reviewers :)
Our session were well conducted. The pick up at our hotel was punctual and the ride from Le Meridien hotel to the cultural village took about 30min.
Upon the arrival, we were greeted and chaperoned by an affable hostess from start to finish. Cultural tours can be stale in some instances...but at Mari Mari (which mean come come, in Malay language) is anything but stale.
Prior commencment of the guided tour, a "leader" will elected to be frontrunner when visiting the Murut tribe - a headhunter tribe. A screaming tribal warrior spring a surprise welcome...while permission "have to be sought" between the tribe leader and appointed visitors "leader" to gain entry. Such is the ethnic tribal customs...interesting! Especially to the appointed "leader" (me , in this case)
We were brought through various villages with their unique tribal culture...even get to get a taste of tribal snack and fermented wine!
There is also a blow pipe session, Iban longhouse bamboo "trampoline" jumping session, ethic tribal food experience, all culminated with a finale with tribal dance and pole dancing session where visitors can join in, on the stage. The unexpected "highlight" at the end of the visit was a scary but fun moment when our tour van brought us through a path with stream running through. But no worries, it all good and under control.
Children are often the "best" judges for opinion..at the end of the trip, they were happy and animated. That speaks volume.
So for a 2-3 hours trip in Sabah... I will not hesitate to recommend Mari Mari ..."come come" :)

3  Thank jensen_chua
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

We visited Mari Mari on 18 May and found it to be a very worthwhile experience to understand the heritage of Sabah.
Learning about the various tribes of Sabah, their lifestyles and beliefs was very interesting. And especially so because many of these indigenous tribes no longer live their traditional lifestyle.

The village is well kept and well staffed.
The tour through the village is well organised, as each group is assigned a guide who explains the various tribal cultures. The many demonstrations were interactive and engaging.

I don't want to give too much detail in case I spoil the fun!

The lunch was plentiful and had a good selection of malay dishes.

1  Thank tric0660
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