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Mari Mari Cultural Village
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$36.47*
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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 January 22, 2014

this is a great day out, pick up from the hotel and dropped back at the door.

throughout the day you get a really interactive tour on the traditions ond life of 5 diffrent tribes, rice wine, honey, blow darts, food, what more could you want and all in three hours.

Thank big_mik86
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Reviewed January 21, 2014

great to be able to try all the things you see, good food fun thing to do. The people are fun and happy but some looked a bit tired but so would you working 3 shows a day… well done Mari Mari thank you

Thank RobertHueston
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Reviewed January 19, 2014

Booked the trip just to kill off time, but it turned out to be quite a memorable visit. It was quite informative even for a peninsular Malaysian like me, and our friendly tour guide and the lovely staff made the trip even more interesting and fun. Everyone was given a chance to taste the natives' f & b, tried out their costumes, and had a hand on their activities like cooking, dancing and even their blow pipe. We had a wonderful cultural stage performance towards the end with a hearty buffet lunch. It was costly, but worthy. Join the morning tour to avoid sunburn, and insect repellent is a must, and of course the camera. The whole trip from and back to the city center just taken up half a day. Highly recommended esp for those cultural enthusiast.

3  Thank KongWL
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

Wasn't too sure what to expect based on previous reviews but was pleasantly surprised.
It was very informative and abit of a laugh. It was fun trying out local hats, tasters of food and drinks. The staff were very friendly and definitely made the visit worthwhile.
The lunch at the end was really nice too.

Thank HayleyM73
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

This is part of the DIY Kota Kinabalu visit. As I have mentioned in an earlier review on DIY KK, it is convenient and cost saving to visit Mari Mari Cultural village which is situated in a lush Tropical rainforest fairly far away from the hustling and bustling KK. Joining a conducted tour to Mari Mari will cost RM 140 Per adult . One has to get ready at hotel lobby for pick up. With your own transport it cost RM 80 pp ,lunch included. Depend on your group, the saving is significant !
As a Malaysian I found the visit to this cultural village an eye opener as it was amazing to learn there are so many tribes and races living in Malaysia, more so with so many different religions with unique cultural practices. Though this village was built for tourists it does give visitors detailed information of each tribe in Sabah.
When we arrived there were already big group of visitors waiting at the entrance . Later we were separated into small groups with an English speaking guides. Our guide is a charming Dusun who speaks fluent English. We heard from other groups at lunch time ,most of the guide are young men or women from these tribes who were keen and enthusiastic to show visitors ways of life among the tribes. There are 5 major tribes in Sabah. The biggest being the Dusun who are mainly Catholic ,followed by the Muslim Bijau , Lundaya, Murutband Rungus. Each tribe has its house showing their living quater, kitchen and an outdoor area where they make rice wine etc.Would be visitors could get the detail descriptions when they visit the Village. There are few interesting activities during the visit like Blow pipe experience, jumping on the Bamboo Trampoline , tattooing etc. At the end there was an cultural dance performance followed by lunch which was OK ! From here DIY visitors can move on to Lok Kawai Wild Life Park and end the day at Tanjung Aru Perdana Park to enjoy the scenic beach and have afternoon Tea at the Tanjung Aru Shangrila with its beautiful landscape garden and serene beach. However we were disappointed with the Latte we had as it was Luke warm and taste weird from a Five Star Hotel.
Yes It is worth your money to visit Mari Mari on your own.

4  Thank Chinheong P
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