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Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

We were greeted on arrival and given a necklace each which made us feel very welcome. The cost was 45MR per person. We were met by our private tour guide, wee-wee and taken to a small enclosure with a stage. 4 people then showed us a traditional dance, while 2 others played music (different types of gong). After the performance we were all invited to try, it was a little embarrassing at first but we both got up and tried and had a lot of fun doing so (great ice breaker). After that you can take some group photos and hold some props, who doesn't like a cheesy group photo?
After that we were taken around the village by our guide who was lovely and very accomodating. She explained everything very well, sometimes she had difficulty finding the English but that was okay, we got it. She answered all our questions and let us enjoy the various activities. We shot wooden needles (traditionally covered in poison) out of a long thin piece of wood at a target, this was awesome. I tried some local liqueur which was surprisingly delicious. I also ate a Sago Worm (live), which was an experience. Our guide, wee-wee said some people described the taste as like eating coconut, for me it was pretty plain. Some salt and pepper would have helped . We tried to use some traditional instruments, played some other traditional games and watched one of the guys make fire. The history and stories were interesting and the whole ambience of the place was great. We were then offered some refreshments and allowed to browse around the shop incase we wanted a little souvenir, which we did.
We preferred this to the MariMari village. They were so helpful, sweet and accomodating.

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank housty09
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Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

I gave it 3 stars because of the historical values it shares but tour wise, very disappointing. The tour guide can't speak english well nor chinese, i was with Singaporeans friends who couldn't speak malay so it was hard for me to enjoy the tour as i have to explain everything that the tour guide couldn't describe in words. The sight was mesmerizing tho, real skulls, real tools.

What i can say about this place is :
1. If you are looking for a place to learn about the cultural heritage of Sabah. This is one of the place but please bring a local if you can't speak malay. You will have trouble understanding.

2. Come after 12PM as the refreshments are not ready before 12PM the last time we visited. Most of the activity isn't ready as well. But if you come before 12PM, There won't be a lot of people so the place won't be crowded.

3. Limited activities for the overpriced fees. Some of the activities aren't even ready or open. Everything is still under construction.

4. But still, it's an interesting experience. They serve the local delicacies, and the local liquor and a nice place to chill with friends after the tour. They a have a balcony with a river view. Not great but still good.

Date of experience: October 2017
3  Thank Henry K
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Reviewed 27 March 2018

We had a fanstastic guide, were able to try some of the tools for living, and understood a lot more about the history of Kota Kinabalu and Borneo. A nice tour around the Village and the museum. Very interesting and everyone were helpful and nice.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Ann-Kristin54
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Reviewed 17 March 2018

We called here having a couple of hours to spare in the afternoon. Our guide was called Baby, and what a credit she was, her knowledge, sense of fun and obvious care for what she does shines through. It was a fun couple of hours and when our transport failed to turn up Baby and a young man from the village waited with us and even ordered us a taxi to make sure we arrived back at our hotel safety. It's worth a visit if you would like to meet genuine people and learn a bit of history.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Dorothy T
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Reviewed 15 March 2018

Start of stay in KK so wanted introduction tour.Grab taxi was 16MR for four of us, entrance fee was 45 MR each. we were greeted by friendly reception with a gift of bead necklace each and our guide was dressed as a warrior. Went to house of Skulls across the road first.
All in all we had a laugh, trying blow pipe,don’t be fussy about blowing the same pipe with everyone else though.
Cultural show was the guides doing the Eagle Dane, bit like a school production.
Got most of us up on stage to have a go, not hard there were only about 12 of us there.
I think I read it was opened about 20 years ago and boy does it show, information sheets have faded enough to make them very hard to read and I presume copies of the local paper very faded.
However all in all a good couple of hours entertainment if a bit jaded.
Free drink and a sample of rice wine.

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank scuabdiver
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