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“A great afternoon out”

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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Half-Day Visit to Borneo Traditional Living Mari Mari Cultural Village
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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 May 4, 2014

I highly recommend a visit to the Mari Mari Cultural Village as we did. The guides were fantastic and the exhibits and villager huts were very interesting and interactive. I felt like I left with a good appreciation of how the locals have lived in Borneo and have witnessed a number of cultural practices that are slowly dwindling out today. The traditional food you receive during/after the tour was really tasty too!

1  Thank aussie_danni
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Reviewed May 2, 2014

Not too scientific but still educational, this tour is quite fun. Nice people, very good guides, well-timed programme, fun "tribal" activities. But do not bring kids under at least 6 y.o., they hardly be interested.

2  Thank lillamy78
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Reviewed April 29, 2014

Family of 4 really liked it - our guide was excellent, we learned a lot, they made it interactive. If you're looking for an authentic tribal experience, don't bother, but it was worth it for us.

1  Thank Sutton27
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Reviewed April 25, 2014

ME and a couple of friends took their combo package with Kuilu white water river rafting.
Firstly the river rafting was a huge disappointement. The water level in the river was low and the experiance was like a canoeing trip. The people there made it really interesting though. We had a water fight with other groups and we had a nice swim in the river. The surroundings were just fabilous and everyone were grest. Our guide jason was very good but in terms of adventure it was a huge let down.
A special shout out to our driver Dave who was just the most helpful chap you'd ever find.

Mari Mari was intersting enough but we had very high expectations from reading the reviews. If we didnt, it would've been great. The biggest problem I had with them was the food. I'm vegan and specified it very clearly before going there. My mistake was that I didnt remind them once we reached there and so I had to go hungry. We expected it to be a lot more exciting too. Our guide was ok. It sounded like she was reading off a script but other than that she was fine. Overall its great if you want to learn about the culture but if you are just going there to have fun then I woudn't suggest it. All the ativities are just as described in the reviews.

1  Thank Drlalitak89
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Reviewed April 25, 2014

The Mari Mari cultural village is a must. If you only do this while in KK then that'll be fine. Your divided into groups and each group has a tour guide (we had Adam he was fantastic very enthusiastic about his job & telling us about his people). You see 5 different styles of traditional tribe housing and along the way get to participate in activities such as blow pipe, henna tattoo, tobacco smoking (if it's your thing), jumping on their "trampoline" , cooking, eating, drinking & at the end you enjoy a cultural dance performance before a meal which is more than adequate. We really enjoyed this and am pleased we went along. We. Managed to negotiate a great deal with the tour provider in the shopping centre next to Centrepoint of adults for 140RM and 100RM for kids we got this great deal as we had a group of 8 going together in a van they licked us up, waited and dropped us back to our accom. Most other tour operators are around 160RM but try and negotiate a lower price.

4  Thank Michelle W
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