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Address: Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Phone Number:
+60 13-881 4921
10:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 22:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

The village is located about 25 minutes away from the city. The journey...

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...

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Awesome time in the village

We went to Mari Mari village for family trip and had a wonderful time. Our guide was Michael (sweetchilli??) and he was awesome. He brought us to a cultural festival afterwards... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Heekyung L
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to Mari Mari village for family trip and had a wonderful time. Our guide was Michael (sweetchilli??) and he was awesome. He brought us to a cultural festival afterwards which was a blast. Sooooooo much fun. They provide much to see, eat, drink, and experience. Highly highly recommend if you are in KK. Michael became our Dusun brother.... More 

Thank Heekyung L
Metro Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Mari Mari Cultural Village (MariMari - meaning come, come!) is a unique way to get to know a bit of Malaysia's 5 different tribes and their culture, how they lived in their time using only very minimal tools and also showed some of their different beliefs. The tour takes about 4 hours, you can choose to take it in the... More 

Thank IamJonaGee
Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It is a little touristy but we did expect that and went with the view that it is a living museum rather than an authentic village. However it was great to see this culture being celebrated and kept alive with such enthusiasm. The only thing I would say is that we felt a little rushed and also with most things... More 

Thank 13Nic13
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting place , hanging bridge , tasting of food/rice wine. Cultural dance and show. Worth going

Thank maxisjoe
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked through Amazing Borneo Tours, they picked us up at our hotel and drove the 30 or so minutes to the location. We were added to other travelers to form a group for one of the morning tours. The experience is very planned, with guides the whole way explaining about the 5 major tribes of Malaysia and their lifestyles.... More 

Thank Claire M
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of the most famous,popular cultural centre situated on the outskirts of Kota Kinabalu City.You can witness a complete range of the various ethnicities of Sabah under one roof. MORE than 72 ethnic minorities make Sabah one of the most metropolitan area in Malaysia.Seeing is believing.

Thank 8Jerry88
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A really well done experience. Dance, sample foods, sample drinks, and the kind if bamboo trampoline that was shown when The Amazing Race came to KK. A bit if a walk, elders just be aware of that.

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Southport, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visiting the various longhouses and having the rooms and furnishings described by the passionate village guide was really interesting. We were able to taste the wines and food that were used by the people who inhabited them, and see how they were made. You could even try your accuracy with a blow pipe, and our team leader had a traditional... More 

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Bathgate, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved my day out at Mari Mari. I was on my own so I was a little apprehensive. The group I went with were fantastic, so friendly and we had a great guide. We got to see the different types of houses. Traditional clothing, customs, foods and drinks. This was then followed by a dance show and buffet lunch with... More 

Thank Bolansan
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our main reason for visiting Sabah was to climb Mt. Kinabalu. We wanted a short tour on the day afterwards and our hotel recommended a trip to the Mari Mari Cultural Village to get an insight into the tribes of Borneo. We weren't disappointed. It is 3 hours long which is a perfect use of an afternoon. It was raining... More 

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