Mari Mari Cultural Village
Situated in remote forest area of Inanam, away from the hustle bustle of the city is a not-to-be-missed tourist attraction of KK- the Mari Mari Cultural Village. This cultural village is sort of museum which showcases and preserves the ethnic tribal culture of Borneo. The knowledge, culture, history, practices, food and tradition of Borneo that it shares with its visitors is bound to become an experience of lifetime for everyone who is here.
What to see at the Mari Mari Cultural Village
Visitors are picked up one hour prior to their scheduled time and dropped at the entrance where they are guided about the dos and don’ts at the village. A welcome by Murut tribe is followed by the guided tour. The guides found here are actually the descendants of the five tribes:
- Kadazan-Dusun– the rice farmers
- Lundayeh– the hunters and fishermen
- Rungus– residents of longhouse
- Bajau– sea gypsies and cowboy
- Murut– the famous headhunters
The village has something interesting for everyone in the family and is a great way to encourage as well as protect the slowly fading culture, tradition and history of the tribes.
The tour includes visit to the traditional houses, a brief knowledge about the history of tribes, blow-pipe show, demonstration of bamboo cooking and fire-making, tasting some tribal and fusion cuisine, and enjoying traditional dance performances in backdrop of a forest. Some of these activities also involve visitors’ participation. Lastly relish the traditional food and bid goodbye to the villagers.
Getting to the Mari Mari Cultural Village
Situated at a drive of about 25 minutes from the main KK city, the journey takes tourists through roads surrounded by some really mesmerizing scenic views. In order to avoid botheration of making arrangements for their own transport by visitors, a booking at Mari Mari village can also ensure a pre-arranged pick up and drop to and from the hotel.