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MARI MARI CULTURAL VILLAGE

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• Half Day ‘hands-on’ tour. Try your hands on traditional bamboo cooking, blowpipe, and many more fun activities.

• 5 Different Borneo tribes in 1 village. see how they used to live their daily lives.

• Meal included (halal meal provided for Muslim)

Always open! including public holidays

• book with, or without transport pick up! 

• nice relaxing trip. Suitable for all ages young and old.

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RM100 per adult

RM90 per child (5 – 11 yrs)

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Details

“I expected it to be dry and boring…”

I hesitated when it comes to Mari Mari, but gave in when I needed to keep my 2 children entertained.

I expected it to be dry and boring… but it was not! The pace was nice and so was the performance.

You can book online and lunch, tea, or dinner (depending on your preffered slots) is included

– Immanlyn, singapore

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“EXPERIENCE” how they used to live with traditional bamboo cooking, fire making, hunting with blowpipe and many more!

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As you step inside the village…

you’ll feel like you’re brought back in prehistoric times.

You’ll see 5 different tribes living their lives cooking, and walking around.

and you’ll see goats, ducks, and chickens roaming around like a real village.

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This is not your typical boring-styled-museum-kind-of-like-tour.

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This is the best place to visit to ‘experience’ Borneo’s traditional way of living–how they used to hunt, cook, and make fire when electricity hadn’t yet been introduced in their land.

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RM100 per adult

RM90 per child (5 – 11 yrs)

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5 REASONS TO VISIT MARI MARI CULTURAL VILLAGE

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1. Best place to experience culture and tradition

You are guided to each different tribe houses and learn about their different lifestyle, culture, and history. You get a fun and educational experience: see first hand how these tribes used the blowpipe to hunt, start a fire with bamboo and used bamboos to cook their meals.

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2. get the chance to participate in fun activities like fire making, blowpipe, and food sampling.

This tour is inclusive of meal, tea time, traditional food tasting, and local guide.

Your friendly in-house guides are descendants of among the 5 tribes in the village and will be more than happy to share stories with you of how their great ancestors used to live and what their spiritual beliefs living in the jungle were.

You’ll also get the opportunity to participate and experience in a few of the demonstrations such as blowing the Murut blowpipe weapon and many more light and easy activities!

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3. You get to immerse yourself in quiet tranquil nature.

The village is set in a beautiful rainforest and is really well set up. Escape your normal daily routine and immerse yourself in a quiet and tranquil nature away from the hustle and bustle big city, you will feel as if you were brought back in prehistoric time surrounded by tall trees and the silence of the rainforest.

Take a moment to savour and appreciate the sound, smell, and sight of nature.

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4. you get a relaxed and leisure sightseeing activity.

This tour is suitable for your whole family, young and old. Your in-house guide will guide you to each different houses along a guided pathway.

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5. You will be supporting in preserving culture and tradition so that it will not be forgotten.

Culture and tradition is slowly fading away, and not many rural natives still live in this type of condition. Today, most live in modern houses with electricity.

Few of the local residents that live nearby come to work as village maintenance, in-house guide, and performers. It is an honor for them to showcase their ancestors’ history & culture to you.

This tour offers not only opportunity for them to preserve and showcase their ancestors’ tradition, culture, and history but also provide employment for them. They perform to give the best authentic experience for you so that you feel you are brought back in history.

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RM100 per adult

RM90 per child (5 – 11 yrs)

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what happy customers are saying…

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RM100 per adult

RM90 per child (5 – 11 yrs)

About the tribe

Mari Mari Cultural Village is located deep in the countryside about 25 minutes away from the modern and developing Kota Kinabalu city.

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.

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ABOUT THE TRIBES

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MURUT

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When the Malay and English language was not yet recognized, there had been a mutual distrust and fear among tribes who didn’t understand each other. They spoke different languages. They wore different clothes. And had different customs.

Imagine wandering through the wilderness and suddenly stumbling across someone from another tribe, who was probably as scared of you as you were of them!

For survival, it was therefore necessary for tribes to display ferociousness.

If they didn’t have skeleton heads strategically placed at the entrance of their village, it would be interpreted as a sign of weakness by other tribes, putting the entire village at risk of potential attack from enemies.

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In the past, the Murut tribe of Sabah Borneo were feared for their ancient tradition of headhunting practices. After conversion to Islam or Christianity an anti-headhunting legislation by the British colonial had been carried out, and has since been banned and disappeared.

The Murut were the last ethnic groups in Sabah to renounce headhunting. As with the Iban of Sarawak, collecting heads of enemies traditional served a very important role in Murut spiritual beliefs, besides utilizing it to protect their village from potential enemies. For example, a man could only get married after he presented at least one head to the family of the desired girl.

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LUNDAYEH

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Lundayeh means upriver people or people of the interior. They were known to be agriculturalists and had practise livestock farming and also known to be hunters and fishermen.

In the late 1800’s to early 1900’s, the Lundayeh community was described as living in an unhealthy state of lifestyle. They were hardcore burak (rice wine) drinkers, appears drunk more often than not, and the house was indescribably filthy. Their filthy lifestyle caused them to be vulnerable to diseases.

In 1904 and 1905, there was smallpox outbreak around the Lundayeh regions. A plague that had significantly changed the course of the Lundayeh history. It was recorded that the death toll had reduced approximately from 20,000 to 3,000 of the Lundayeh population.

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Making it one of the largest death toll caused by viral epidemic. This remains a dark history of the Lundayeh which may be considered taboo to talk about among few of the Lundayeh people today.

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KADAZAN

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Kadazan is translated the people of the land

Kadazan people make up the majority of Sabah’s population today.

The most important festival of the Kadazans is the Kaamatan festival or harvest festival, where they believe the spirit of the rice paddy is honoured after a year’s harvest. This takes place in May, and the two last days of the month are public holidays throughout Sabah. During the celebration, the most celebrated event is the crowning of the unduk ngadau or harvest queen, where native Kadazan girls throughout the state compete for the coveted crown

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The beauty pageant is held to commemorate the spirit of Huminodon, a mythological character of unparalleled beauty said to have given her life in exchange for a bountiful harvest for her community.

The majority of the Kadazans are Christians, mainly Roman Catholics and some Protestants. Islam is also practiced by a growing minority.

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RUNGUS

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The Rungus are a sub-group of the Kadazan ethnic and was known to reside primarily in northern Sabah.

Their culture also revolves around rice, just like the Kadazan. Many Rungus now work in towns and have abandoned the communal life of the longhouse for modern Malaysian society. Traditionally they are pagans but most Rungus are now Christians.

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Rungus longhouse

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In a traditional Rungus longhouse, longhouses of over 75 rooms are said to have been common, which meant 75 families lived in one longhouse. Now, they rarely exceed 10 rooms.

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RM100 per adult

RM90 per child (5 – 11 yrs)

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Tour schedule

You can choose either: 10AM Morning tour, or 2PM Afternoon tour

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Itinerary for 10am / 2pm

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Hotel pick up

pick up from hotel in kota Kinabalu.

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Arrival!

Welcome to Mari Mari Cultural Village! Head to the counter and pay the necessary fee. Afterwards, your guide will give a briefing of the do’s and don’ts before going into the village.

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Tour commence

Welcoming ceremony by the Murut Tribe Chief. Enjoy a guided tour of each traditional houses and learn about the history, bamboo cooking demonstration, fire making demonstration, blowpipe demonstration and traditional dances in a remote forest setting. You’ll also get to participate in the light activities.

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Lunch / high tea

(halal meal provided for Muslim)

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End of tour

It’s time to bid farewell to the villagers and return to your hotel in Kota Kinabalu.

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End of service

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RM100 per adult

RM90 per child (5 – 11 yrs)

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What to wear & bring

What to wear:

comfortable clothing for leisure walking, and/or hats

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What to bring:

Cash payment and/or extra Cash.

(note : no credit card processor at the entrance. please bring cash payment)

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RM100 per adult

RM90 per child (5 – 11 yrs)

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RM100 per adult

RM90 per child (5 – 11 yrs)

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