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Mari Mari Cultural Villages

Mari Mari Cultural Villages

 
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Lot 227-229, 2nd Floor, Wisma Sabah, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Sabah, Malaysia
 
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Mari Mari Cultural Village tour is located deep in the countryside about 25 minutes away from the modern and developing Kota Kinabalu city. The village operates as a museum that preserves Borneo ethnic culture. It aims to share the knowledge, history, culture, and tradition of Borneo so that it is not forgotten.

The village features 5 different ethnic tribes in one village. They are the rice farmer Kadazan-Dusun, the longhouse resident Rungus, the hunters and fisherman Lundayeh, the cowboy and sea gypsey Bajau, and the famously feared headhunting tribe Murut.

Booking ONLY through (No individual drop-ins are allowed) :

Traverse Tours Sdn Bhd (KKKP: 3505)Lot 227-229,
2nd Floor, Wisma Sabah,
88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Tel: +60 88-260501, +60 88-260502
Fax: 088-261503
HOTLINE: 019-8204921 / 016-8321509

 

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Entrance Fees:
Adult RM 140.00 RM 160.00
Children (5 - 11 y/o)
Children of 4 years & below is F.O.C RM 110.00 RM 140.00
Without Transportation (own arrangement)
Package Rates Malaysian & Non-Malaysian (per pax)
Adult RM 80.00
Children RM 70.00
Price Range
> $50


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Event hostess
Making fermented wine
Tour van crossing stream
Blow pipe session
Tribal snack
Pic with tribal "actor".
Henna hand painting
Tribal dance
Group pic with the tribes
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(Updated: June 14, 2013)

Great fun & well conducted cultural tour !

I chanced upon this cultural tour in Tripadvisor and trusted the objective reviews. Our trip to Mari Mari Cultural Village were well conducted. The pick up at our hotel was punctual and the ride from Le Meridien hotel to the cultural village took about 30min.
Upon the arrival, we were greeted and chaperoned by an affable hostess from start to finish. Cultural tours can be stale in some instances...but at Mari Mari (which mean come come, in Malay language) is anything but stale.
Prior commencment of the guided tour, a "leader" will elected to be frontrunner when visiting the Murut tribe - a headhunter tribe. A screaming tribal warrior spring a surprise welcome...while permission "have to be sought" between the tribe leader and appointed visitors "leader" to gain entry. Such is the ethnic tribal customs...interesting ! Especially to the appointed "leader" (that's me, in this case)
We were brought through various villages with their unique tribal culture...even get to get a taste of tribal snack and fermented wine!
There is also a blow pipe session, longhouse visit which features bamboo "trampoline" jumping session, ethic tribal food experience, all culminated with a finale with tribal dance and pole dancing session where visitors can join in, on the stage. The unexpected "highlight" at the end of the visit was a scary but fun moment when our tour van brought us through a path with stream running through. But no worries, it all good and under control.
Children are often the "best" judges for opinion..at the end of the trip, they were happy and animated. That speaks volume.
So for a 2-3 hours trip in Sabah... I will not hesitate to recommend Mari Mari ..."come come" :)

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Average Spent Per Person:
150
Best part:
The wine tasting, tribal snack and relaxed ambience
Recommend to a friend:
Yes
Event hostess
Making fermented wine
Tour van crossing stream
Blow pipe session
Tribal snack
Pic with tribal "actor".
Henna hand painting
Tribal dance
Group pic with the tribes
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