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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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Authentic Cultural Village and Live Music

Young Local guides that know their stuff as they are from the tribes that were around the area from a time gone by. Informative and fun the show you everything from customs to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Young Local guides that know their stuff as they are from the tribes that were around the area from a time gone by. Informative and fun the show you everything from customs to headhunting that went on between some tribes. we were shown how they made rice wine and whiskey and traditional methods of cooking and how they lived communally... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It was wonderful cultural experience for us. There were four tribes and each were bit different. Their living style, long huts, life inside and outside of the huts, food, weapons, customs ...... all were awesome! The tribal Dance Show was unique - the dance steps with facial expressions are unforgettable. But make sure you reach there in a group of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I visited the village as part of a guided tour. We arranged the trip via our hotel and were picked up at the advised time in a comfortable mini bus with several others. Short road trip to the village and then our group was allocated a guide who took us through the village. We got to sample... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You are greeted at the reception center (complete with restrooms - much appreciated after the journey there. Then a member of staff will escort you around the village set in the forest amid streams, falls and a rope bridge. Mari Mari is set out in a series of buildings in the style of various tribal groups native to this area... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

At first,I just thinks it same like Peninsular native villages,so I'm not really sure to be there. Then,I'll be there with my friend and seeing the environment,the air...it tackle my heart. I love this places. Their woman, traditional clothes and their man's are so different and amazing. It's so Woww!! Their traditional dances ,and I've even trying the dancing and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Mari Mari Cultural Village is a recreation of five different peoples. We got to learn about each and taste some food and beverages. The lunch buffet had local recipes which were very good. Try the dried fish.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This trip is so interesting it gives you an insight to 4 of the local tribes including the head hunter tribe, you get to try some of the rice wines they make at 50% and wheat like bites making of honey, the head hunters how they makes clothes and string, you even get to have a go at trying to... More 

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Buchanan, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The village is interesting with five different types of living accommodation representing five tribes It is in a pleasing setting accessed by a suspension bridge At each area there is a demonstration of some sort and samples of food or drink they would eat.At the last area ladies are given a henna tattoo if they want one The tour ends... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I knew this was very touristic, but used it to kill a few hours before my flight. I was one of the few western tourist, so got very popular with the local tourists, which was funny. Made some new friends. The dance show is good fun, but considering the price, I'd only do it if nothing better is available. Bring... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Mari Mari serves as a place we can go and learn of the different tribes there are in Sabah. Although at first it may sound a little pricey but for what you get inside, i truly feel that its worth the money. The tour guide is very informative and provided us with a lot of information about the different tribes... More 

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