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“Interesting to learn about the history of this area.”

Mari Mari Cultural Village
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US$32.88*
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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...
Melbourne, Australia
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“Interesting to learn about the history of this area.”
Reviewed 8 October 2013 via mobile

I really enjoyed the variety if demonstrations offered plus the authentic presentation. Worth a visit to learn about the history of the area. Well presented and explained.

Visited January 2013
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Chelsea
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“A Showcase of HowSabah Used to Be”
Reviewed 7 October 2013

I was hesitant about booking this tour, as I had read previous reviews on Trip Advisor about how staged this tour was and how the performers did not want to be there. However, my family, including a 16 year old and 9 year old, enjoyed this tour tremendously. We chose the evening tour, and I believe this added to the atmosphere and ambiance. We learnt about the 5 different tribes; we saw fires started and ropes made; we met the "head hunters" (my son was our group's chosen leader, and the "head hunters" were actually in awe of him due to his physicality!!); we blew darts through bamboo spears and held hands and jumped on a trampoline-like bamboo mat.
Our tour ended with henna tattoos and a live cultural performance. We were then called up on stage to take part in the bamboo stick dance. This tour was so much fun; my kids loved it.

Visited October 2013
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Farnborough
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“good attraction”
Reviewed 6 October 2013

This trip gave a good insight into the tribes and their way of life, excellent dancing. Dinner served was basic, but eatable.

Visited September 2013
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“Great night time experience”
Reviewed 1 October 2013 via mobile

had a lovely evening at the village with great guide.
Interesting and quite entertaining. enjoyed it

Visited August 2013
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Adelaide, Australia
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“Visit to Village”
Reviewed 1 October 2013

The visit entailed a walk through a cultural village set up to display 5 different tribes and their way of life, type of housing, food, recreation and activities. One village had an inbuilt trampoline, and another was the home of the Borneo headhunters.In this village we were asked to select a chief for our tour group, and when we entered the village our chief had to pass the test for us to be admitted - on friendly terms too.

Visited August 2013
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