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Address: Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Phone Number:
+60 13-881 4921
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10:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 22:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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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A great cultural experience

This is an excellent example of how to visit a village without intruding into people's lives. Our guide Michael was excellent. The enthusiasm and friendliness of all the young... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is an excellent example of how to visit a village without intruding into people's lives. Our guide Michael was excellent. The enthusiasm and friendliness of all the young people involved was a joy to behold. I'm not usually a fan of these sort of things but came away with a greater understanding of the culture. Every time I think... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit TO Mari Mari village. We were all split up into small groups which is much nicer than large groups. The guide was very informative and very friendly. We did some activities E.G a shot with the blowpipe . There is traditional dancing at the end of the tour which you can join in. The food and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Brilliant and engaging guides, beautiful spot and well presented buildings/props. Plus they kept feeding us traditionally brewed alcohols! Definitely get to learn about Sabah's rich cultural history. A must see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited yesterday with a small group, I thought it may be boring but it far exceeded my expectations. A great way to understand the culture of the past. All the staff were very friendly and loved to have a joke, even had tastes of traditional food and rice wine. I would strongly recommend this attraction.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a cultural village thing that has it all, as we've indicated in our title. Somewhat hokey, somewhat genuine, musicians, food, alcohol, stingerless bee honey wine, several types of rice wine, lots of foods, a tour group lunch, individuals (like us), groups (like a huge bunch - 30-50 - from a Cunard line that seemed to be from Australia... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For those that have read yesterday's post on white water rafting this is another trip out with Riverbug Asia, this time to the Mari Mari cultural village. Much to their surprise met by Daniel and Red the driver (the Morgan Freeman lookalike - think Shawshank Redemption) for a brilliant trip to the Mari Mari cultural village. Guided by locals through... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Joined a half day tour. We had a small group of seven and an excellent guide; we had a great time going through the five houses at a leisurely pace and got to ask many questions regarding the culture of these five different types. Highly recommended. But we found out that later we lucked out since the morning tour was... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived here off our tour bus. We had about a 45 min ride here so when everyone arrived they had to go to the washroom. There was only two operational bathrooms. No toilet paper. Because there was so many people there at one time, the wait was almost one hour to use the washroom. They told us there was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Join a half day tour. Book with hotel tour counter at RM 160 per person. Short journey from town to the village. Once arrival, our group of 10paxs were hosted by a village guide. We were guided into the village to see different tribes houses and how they live. The whole trip was educational and its ended with a culture... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Informative and great to see and learn about the different people in the area. Long houses water plants and even a small crocodile.... some paths are steep so difficultype for those with mobility issues

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