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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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Half-Day Mari-Mari Cultural Village Tour in Kota Kinabalu

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We did an afternoon tour recently and found the Mari Mari village to be well worthwhile. The homes were interesting, our guide providing excellent details about the customs and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We did an afternoon tour recently and found the Mari Mari village to be well worthwhile. The homes were interesting, our guide providing excellent details about the customs and houses of the tribes represented in the village. the cultural show was good and was entertaining, being very well performed. High tea was included in the AUD 50 pp cost (included... More 

Airlie Beach, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We travel as a family with young kids and we all thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We did the night tour so the experience could be different during the day. Arrived before 6pm so still some light but during the evening walking from one village to other along pathways with fire lanterns made the atmosphere. Our guide was fantastic and somewhat... More 

Thank karen a
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The visit to Mari Mari Cultural Village will show how the early tribes lived, and went about their daily chores. The well prepared guides gave detailed information on the way of life, and each tribes different living habits. The village is well situated, and reasonably straight forward to most people to get about. Certainly worthy of a visit for those... More 

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Brunei Darussalam
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is set up in the forest near Kota Kinabalu, about 20 minutes drive. It's very nice to go there with kids especially if you want to know more about the tribes in Malaysia. In small group they will guide you through a village, every area represents a tribe. You can try some of the foods and drinks and... More 

Thank happyfamily2000
Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The village is located at Inanam, 88450 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia and about 1-1/2 hour run from Kota Kinabalu town. The village is open from 10.00am until 10.00pm. We chose to use a guided tour but you can arrive on your own and get put into a group as you cannot wander around on your own. On your arrival, you... More 

Thank Thomas L
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The price was a bit expensive for us, but I am still glad that we went. It was a good place to learn and see more about the cultures of the tribal peoples of Sabah. It is touristy, but really well done. Interesting for the adults as Ellen as the kids (ours are age 8 and under). Lunch was good... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From the moment our guide Darryl greeted us out of our vehicle he was very helpful and knowledgable . All of the staff and performers were great. It gave a very good insight into the various indigenous tribes, of which there are many, how they lived and in some remoter rural areas still live. Often these type of cultural villages... More 

Thank Maja008
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

They are very organized and our tour started and ended on time. Our guide was very fluent in English and everyone had no problem understanding her. We learnt about the different tribes in Sabah and got a better understanding of their lifestyle and culture, which was a real eye opener. A delightful buffet lunch was served after the performance and... More 

Thank Khoo J
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I personally think that 3 hours visit is insufficient as they are actually a lot to know and captured. Our guide, Michael, was very good in explaining details while joking around. This is my first visit and it was a very interesting experience. The 5 main tribes, different huts, foods, henna tattoo, ceremonial trampoline, blow gun, bamboo dance, what else... More 

Thank Ezra_Daniel
Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Although I'm one who tries to avoid 'touristy' spots, this was one I wanted to visit after reading good reviews. Definitely glad I did. Transfer to the cultural village from the hotel was timely and comfortable. We were grouped into small groups of about 10, and led around the village by a guide. Our guide, Nusry, was friendly, knowledgeable and... More 

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