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Mari Mari Cultural Village

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
+60 13-881 4921
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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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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
+60 13-881 4921
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed our visit to Mari Mari. It’s a tourist trap for sure and slightly overpriced but my young children loved it! In fact it was my sons highlight of his trip. We enjoyed tasting the traditional foods and drinks. Walking around in the jungle...More

Thank Monique D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So much better than I had expected. Set deep in the jungle this is a reconstruction of the houses of each of the five tribes indigenous to Sabah. You get a guide who walks you through the area discussing each tribe and taking you around...More

1  Thank carol b
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very enjoyable half day trip. The village includes 5 very well presented examples of houses from 5 of the local tribes. Each house includes a demonstration of cooking or similar (hint: the 2nd lot of rice wine is weapons grade!) The visit concludes with a...More

Thank Tom M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed the guided explanation of all the tribes of Malaysia. Even had the opportunity to try traditional foods and drinks. Don’t miss out on trying worth the experience. The jala biscuits or wafer thing sooo yummy. You can buy at the markets really nice...More

Thank Carla Paola J
Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

Fantastic insight into the history and culture of this beautiful place. A must see for anyone travelling to Kota Kinabalu.

1  Thank Tanya C
Reviewed 12 January 2018 via mobile

Recommend place to go .. I learn so many things about other cultures. Staffs very friendly . my trip to mari mari culture last year on February . i still can remember all the memories. I love the henna tattoos . its so fun.. Thank...More

Thank I'celLa IsaBell... I
Reviewed 7 January 2018

Spent an afternoon at this attraction and found it a worthwhile visit. It was interesting to learn about the local ethnic tribes which make up the state of Sabah as well as experience the life dancing entertainment at the end. Lunch was also served to...More

1  Thank Jason N
Reviewed 2 January 2018

My family of four (two sons aged eight and eleven) visited Mari Mari Cultural Village for a morning tour recently. It was very well organised, interesting and the dance performance at the end spectacular. The staff seemed genuinely interested that we have an enjoyable and...More

1  Thank amanda2933
Reviewed 1 January 2018

Walking through the Mari Mari cultural village with the local guides was perfect. Whilst some of the practices are no longer as prevalent as they once were, the guides are all locals whose families are living or have lived in this way at one time...More

1  Thank M W
Reviewed 31 December 2017

This was a really good tour. The company picked us up from our ship and drove to the village (15-20 min drive). We had a 4 hour tour of the village and included some really interesting activities and local food tasting. The tour guide was...More

1  Thank brumreviewer2017
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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
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
26 December 2016|
Response from Riverbug | Property representative |
Hi nurazrin roslan Mari-Mari Cultural Village have 3 session Morning 10:00 AM Afternoon 2:00 PM Evening 6:00 PM