Mari-Mari Cultural Village

Tour code: WB11C

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The 25 minute journey to the village will take you through long peaceful roads surrounded by greenery on either side.

The village itself is a hotpot of cultural diversity with different abodes constructed according to the traditional architectural flavor or the Bajau, Lundayeh, Murut, Rungus and Dusun tribes.

Acquaint yourselves with each tribe as you enter their respective houses and get a glimpse into their simple yet somewhat intricate lifestyles.

There are many activities and demonstrations that you can be a part of; the making of a blowpipe, starting a fire using only bamboo, tattooing and the meanings behind each design.

By the end of this tour you will have seen, heard,m tasted and felt the uniqeness of Sabah.

  • Day #1 - Daily Schedule

    This tour departs daily at 9:00 am, 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Depending on the time of your tour meals are provided as follows:

    • 9:00 am departure includes lunch
    • 1:00 pm departure includes high-tea
    • 5:00 pm departure includes dinner

    The tour generally follows the programme listed below although it could vary based on time of day and activities available at the cultural village itself:

    • Upon arrival you will be briefed on the various village rules. After the briefing the Village Chief will greet you and, after the customary welcome ceremony, you cross over a simple suspension bridge and time-travel back to prehistoric Borneo.
    • Your first stop is the Dusun house where you will see a demonstration of the traditional way of cutting tobacco, bamboo cooking and how Montoku (rice wine) is made.
    • Next up is the Rungus longhouse where you will learn how to start a fire without lighters or matches and watch the villagers make ethnic bangles from rattan.
    • Your third stop will be the Lundayeh house. Inside you will see how tree bark was used in the making of ropes, vests, floors, walls and many more items.
    • The fourth house you will visit is the Bajau house where you get to watch its residents prepare Jala (a local cake) and Pandan juice. This house is full of colourful, antique ancestral objects including a decorative bridal parlor (photo-op alert)
    • Finally you will visit the Murut longhouse - a tribe well known for headhunting. Inside you will find a Lansaran, a traditional trampoline-like floor, where you may 'dance' on in hopes of winning a prize. See how the residents tattoo their bodies using ancient methods - you may even get a temporary tattoo if you wish.
    • The tour ends with a cultural performance, a sumptuos meal and a quick visit to the local souvenir shop where you will find a wide range of beautiful handmade products.

     Lunch and dinner

 Included in the tour
  • English-speaking guide or driver
  • Entrance fees
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary
  • Transportation

    Includes all overland transfers

 NOT included in the tour
 What to bring along with you ...
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  • Tour Details

    4 hours

  • Departure Schedule

    9:00 (Kota Kinabalu)

    13:00 (Kota Kinabalu)

    17:00 (Kota Kinabalu)