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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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Reviewed 4 days ago

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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mari Mari is a special place where local guides take you through a landscape of Mar Mari culture and tradition. Whether rain or shine, do visit and do this tour. You'll love it!

1  Thank Diaspora S
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Riverbug, web at Mari Mari Cultural Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you Diaspora:)

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cruise excursion. Poor, the tour could have been over in an hour. We spent about two hours there and the meal afterwards was terrible. Burnt food, dirty tables. Cultural villages can be interesting and informative. This seemed to be staffed by college students working at...More

1  Thank harpendenscout
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our tour group visited the Mari Mari Cultural Village a couple of weeks ago and the whole group thought it the best place they visited in Borneo. We had Gabriel as our guide and he was excellent making it informative and enjoyable with his sense...More

1  Thank Alan B
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Riverbug, web at Mari Mari Cultural Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks Alan:) We glad to hear it...

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On a cruise, we found we were stuck in Kota Kinabalu for an extra day because of bad weather at our next port of call. We decided to do our own tour to the Mari Mari village. We took a taxi from the port, after...More

1  Thank Alancohen
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Riverbug, Web at Mari Mari Cultural Village, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Morning! Thanks Allan. We glad to hear amazing experience that you have from us:)

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The staff was amazing, they all spoke English very well. Charles was absolutely incredible and is even Dusun himself. He gave a great description of the history and culture of each of the different head hunting tribes that are native to this region of the...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

My daughter and I really enjoyed our visit here.We booked through their website and they picked us up promptly from our hotel. We met friendly people from all over on the tour. Our tour guide was fantastic, she was very funny and made sure everyone...More

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Riverbug, Web at Mari Mari Cultural Village, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks miilee:)

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Reviewed 14 April 2018

We absolutely loved our morning here. An outstanding guide who was very knowledgable and engaging, great interactive activities, lots of yummy samples of traditional food, all before a great show of traditional dance and a good lunch. Highly recommend heading here if you are in...More

Thank HayleyMT
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Riverbug, Web at Mari Mari Cultural Village, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Hayley! We do our best for our guest:)

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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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H B
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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