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 overarched 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 ethnicities 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…
Depart from your hotel in Kota Kinabalu and proceed to Mari Mari Cultural Village located at Inanam area.
(journey takes 30 – 45 minutes drive)
Arrive at the entrance.Our in house guide will briefed on the village do’s and dont’s. You will be led by a guide as you walk over a suspension bridge to enter the village.
First, you will be guided to visit the Dusun house. Here, you will gain knowledge as they brief you on the tools / items that were used during the old days as well as the materials of the house itself. Upon reaching the exit through the back door, you will enter a hut that is specialized for bamboo cooking and Montoku (distilled rice wine) processing.
Be awed with the creativity of the olden people in starting a fire without the need of matches/lighters in the second house we will guide you to, The Rungus Longhouse.
As you reached the third house, be amazed on how the Lundayeh tribe produced ropes, vests, floors, walls and etc. Using the tree barks.
Proceeding to the fourthhouse(Bajau House), you will get to watch the locals prepare Kuih Jala (local cake) and Pandan juice. Inside, you will see countless of colourful ancestral antiques objects. A decorative bridal parlour is placed at one corner for your photo-taking enjoyment.
The Murut Longhouse which belongs to the headhunters’ tribe is the fifth house you will visit. You will be greeted by the Chief and go through a customary Welcome Ceremony. Upon entering the front yard, you will see a blowpipe demonstration and get the chance to try it yourself and you will proceed toenter the house. Inside, there is a built-in Lansaran where they will show you how to jump on it to reach forthe “prize”. At the corner of the house there’s a demonstration on local cigarette (kirai) making and you may enjoy a puff or two. On another corner, you may get to have your own body tattooed using Henna.
We are almost at the end of the journey but before we end, you will be entertained by our own staff in the performance hall for the Cultural Dances.
Next, you will be led to the dining hall where you can enjoy the lavish meals prepared by our local chef.
End of tour, depart back to your respective hotels/drop-off points.