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Half-Day Mari Mari Cultural Village Tour from Kota Kinabalu
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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"different cultures"
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"long houses"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We have attended similar types of cultural experiences in a number of countries: this was one of three best in terms of experiencing differences in culture through food and housing and customs. Well worth doing.

Thank David C
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There were 9 of us and we came here by booking via an agent. Upon arrival, were were greeted by Yvonne, who is a young native Dusun girl. She took us around and was our guide for the entire tour. What amazes me is that...More

Thank Gan_Intl_Travel
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visits to cultural village are generally not for us - tend to make us cringe. But Mari Mari village was just great - a nice surprise. Well laid out and staffed by a great crew of young people. The exposure to the various forms of...More

Thank Rob W
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Booked a private tour, with transport, personal guide, lunch and entrance fee with cultural dance to Mari Mari Cultural Village. Journey to the village was scenic. Tour started on time at 10am. Personal guide speaks fluent English. Highlight of the tour cover the following indigenous...More

Thank Emily2018_G_Scott
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was well organized, with a good mix of food. It was an interactive experience with the local tribal people. The guide was friendly and could speak several languages. We enjoyed the food tasting in the various houses and the trampoline of the Murut tribe....More

Thank BusymummyJR
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really good trip with lots and lots of photo opportunities. You get to see 5 different tribes including head hunters (they don't practice this anymore). Go in the morning as it gets very hot , you will then get to see the dance show before...More

Thank christhorpe4
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked this trip as an 'add on' to an organised tour and were very please we did. We were collected from our hotel and taken to the village where there were a number of authentic huts in the style of each of the major...More

Thank BobBonHere
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Reviewed 17 May 2018

Five completely different ethnic tribes are represented in this village set in a natural environment where traditions and histories have been well preserved. You will be able to acquaint yourself with each tribe as they welcome you into their homes and give you a glimpse...More

1  Thank Eddiemack
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Reviewed 4 May 2018 via mobile

Nature and nice place to visit. Greenery environment with fresh air. The small group tour (< 15pax) with informative tour guide provided a great experience to understand more about the native tribes' cultural, also plus the tasting of their rice wines, local ginger tea and...More

2  Thank Elvin C
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Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

It was a very interesting day but just too busy! We had to wait at each station for the next group to move on. Also they are not real tribes or tribe people, our explained how she lived in KK city in a house!

3  Thank HoLk2617
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Kelson L
25 March 2018|
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Response from Riverbug | Property representative |
hi, yes we have in house guide for walk in customer but to make thing smoother we recommend that you make phone booking to avoid any problem tel:+60138814921
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Hannan A
20 November 2017|
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Response from Trevor L | Reviewed this property |
I just walked in but I would suggest at least calling to check
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3 November 2017|
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Response from MM4749 | Reviewed this property |
It is easy to get there. But if you're taking a taxi or an Uber, you might have a harder time getting a ride back when the tour is over. You just have to make sure that you have a ride available for you to return in advance... More
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