Mari Mari Village Tour: Immersion with Borneo’s Ethnic Culture

Our KK trip was very much filled with fun and thrilling water activities with our white water rafting and island hopping tour. We were also very much delighted to get around the city. And yes, there’s more! We had another unique experience when we visited Mari Mari Cultural Village. 

Mari Mari Cultural Village is located at Inanam, Sabah,around 30 minutes away from Kota Kinabalu city. The village is a one-of-a-kind museumon its own preserving Borneo’s ethnic culture. You don’t get to only visit traditional houses and see indigenousmaterials,you will also be able to interact with the ethnic groups.

Five ethnic tribes can be found in the village namely Bajau, Lundayeh, Murut, Rungus and Dusun. A visit to the traditional homes of each group will basically comprise the three-hour journey at the village with a tour guide.

We were able to witness a lot of different activities (and even participate!) like rice wine making, fire-starting demonstration, bamboo cooking and blowpipe shooting.

Daily activities of the tribes during the ancient times came to life at each stop we made. One famous routine that we were able to watch is a fire-starting demonstration using bamboo.

Upon arrival at another tribe, we were welcomed by one of the leaders in a traditional way.

The ethnic tribes also showed cooking through bamboo and rice wine making. We were also able to try some of their native delicacies.

Another fun thing our group had is havinghenna tattoo which they made using their traditional method.

We also got to wear nativevestfrom one of the tribes.

Making things more exciting, we were able to try two of their ethnic games. The first one is blowpipe shooting. The other one is what the Murut tribe referred to as Langsaran where you will jump at a platform and will try to reach the things hanging in the roof.

Apart from the various activities we were able to do and watch, we were fascinated with the different indigenous materials that the village is able to kept intact, like the wooden houses, clothes, musical instruments, kitchen utensils and many more.

It is very good to know that our ancestors’ way of life is kept alive in a dynamic setting like what Mari Mari Cultural Village has. I highly encourage travelers (yes, you!) to visit attractions like this to support the preservation of ancient culture and traditions.

At the end of the tour is a short cultural dance where guests are being asked to participate. After watching, a really generous amount of snacks were served to us.

MariMari Cultural Village TourPackage

We availed of our Mari Mari Cultural Village tourwith a combination of Kiulu Rafting at Riverbug for MYR 280 (Children – MYR 235). For Mari Mari Cultural Village tour alone, fee is MYR 160 (Children – MYR 140).


Address:Lot 227-229, 2nd Floor, Wisma Sabah, JalanTunFuad Stephen, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Contact Nos.: +6 088 260 501 / +6 088 260 502
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