Mari Mari Cultural Village
Mari Mari Cultural Village
4.5
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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...
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Awards
Travellers' Choice
2023

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Alex C
36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Very educational and fun tour, the tour guide really professional and friendly, and the traditional dance so nice, the buffet lunch local food really delicious, anyway thanks to the driver jack to bring us here including waiting because it's very hard to get a driver back to the city, if anyone needs transport service can directly call or Whatsapp him (driver name jack), (Whatsapp number +60128435750), very recommend driver and friendly.
Written 25 May 2024
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Vicki M
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Very informative, well organised and great value. Tour guides provided great information and the tour was very interactive, highly recommend doing this tour. CON if arriving via a GRAB, there is limited service in being to book a return trip back at the end of the tour, but you don’t know this until you arrive and your GRAB vehicle has gone.
Written 24 May 2024
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Shelle D
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Before going I was a bit wary that this experience might be taking advantage of the local culture, but it was such a beautiful and educational tour. The tour sessions are very busy, so it's recommended to book ahead. Despite the busyness, the guides and management still ran everything very smoothly and efficiently.
The houses and lifestyles of different tribes are really interesting to learn about, and it's very interactive! I love how much pride and genuine sincerity there was in showing us the traditions.

They asked about dietary requirements, and provided me with a celiac friendly meal separate from the buffet, which I found to be extremely considerate.

Important to note! Grab's can be hard to organise from here. We had a few previous tour guides give us a heads up, so we asked the driver who dropped us off if he could come back 3 hours later, and we're so glad we did!
Written 29 April 2024
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Bettina0316
Hamburg, Germany61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This cultural village defintely should be visited by all tourists that go to Sabah.

First of all, the village is really nice located in a forest. This makes the stay very comfortable because there is always a place where you find shadow.
At the beginning, they build little groups (in our case three families) that each get one tour guide that speaks your language. Due to the little group we could ask all our questions that we had.

The tour itself was very interesting and we learned a lot about the different tribes that live in Borneo. E.g. they showed us how to make ricewine (that we could taste), how to use a blowpipe (even our sons, 6 and 9 years old, could use it which was a lot of fun) or how they make fire, served typical food or did Henna painting for us with typical motives.

At the end of the tour we got a little Buffet which was also included in the price.

And all the stuff were very friendly;) We felt welcomed from the first minute.

Our children and us therefore highly recommend a tour at the Mari Mari village. The time flew by and we would have loved to stay there longer.
Written 19 April 2024
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jeff1955malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia6,137 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
You will discover the traditions of the North East Borneo's 5 main tribes at Mari Mari Cultural Village. From the skilled farmers and traders of Dusun and Rungus to the resourceful hunters and fishermen of Lundayeh, the adventurous cowboys and sea gypsies of Bajau, and the legendary warrior tribe of Murut, each group contributes to the vibrant cultural tapestry of Sabah.
Written 16 March 2024
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Glen S
Sydney, Australia21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Sounded a bit kitchy on their write-up, but we had a spare day here so booked it. Only a 15 min ride from KK town.

We travel extensively and thee alleged folk villages are a die a dozen and generally pretty lame. This was better than most in high rain forest.

They undersell it a bit really and do not mention the shooting of blow darts and rice wine, and local honey from bees etc, walking over a suspension bridge, lighting fire from bamboo, free Henna 'tattoos' etc, all of which is rather interesting.

The 'folk dancing' was pretty average grade and went on way too long. They need to raise stage height by 4 feet, so visitors can see it better. And 5 overhead fans on the cross beams is essential - gets very hot in that hall.

Lunch was very average, really. Not sure if no lunch is a cheaper option, but if so, skip it entirely.
Written 2 February 2024
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Nathan
Astoria, OR2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Awesome tour! Our guide Popoi was very knowledge and spoke great English. The food was excellent and everyone was warm and welcoming. The whole place has an authentic feel and is very well organized and educational. I loved the performances at the end!

TIP: It's much cheaper to book on a local website and take a taxi or Grab than one of these companies that shuttle people there ;)
Written 10 January 2024
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Roving41304770849
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
All excellent from A-Z. Tour Guide Aidil was the best among the best. Good job Aidil. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Those who wants to go here please choose Aidil as your Tour Guide.
Written 13 November 2023
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Shani M
The Woodlands55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Fascinating trip back in time to the 5 tribes of Borneo. Each village house is authentic to what it once was. They give great demonstrations that are so very interesting. Lots of food/drink smaller at each village house.
Written 11 November 2023
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Nora K
Palmerston North, New Zealand15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
A well coordinated programme. Our 2 year old grandson was as engrossed and engaged as his grandparents. A
Very interesting and informative tour. We loved the dance performance and tasting different foods and drinks. Our tour guide Nata made it a family experience we won’t forget.
Written 10 October 2023
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