Three days in Kota Kinabalu means you can enjoy most of the highlights in the area, including the beaches and islands, wildlife, culture, and outdoor recreation. Here are a few ways to make the most of your 3-day journey.
Mari Mari Cultural Village
Inanam, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Enjoy the Mari Mari Cultural Village on a fully interactive tour, with the chance to try everything from shooting blowpipes to a traditional trampoline. Houses and games provide a great introduction to Borneo’s rich culture. Learn about five different ethnic groups from Sabah state: the Murut, once known for headhunting; the Bajau, ocean dwellers known as sea gypsies; the Rungus, who live in traditional longhouses; the Lundayeh, who farm, hunt, and fish; and the rice-farming Kadazan. Morning tours include lunch, afternoon tours offer high tea, and evening tours finish with dinner.
Things to know before you go
- The only way to visit the Mari Mari Cultural Village is by pre-booking a tour.
- The village is a great family option but back carriers are a better option than strollers. Evening tours will be too late for most kids.
- The Mari Mari Cultural Village is not wheelchair accessible. The evening tours are unsuitable for travelers with limited vision.
How to get there
The Mari Mari Cultural Village sits in the jungle, about 12 miles (19 kilometers) east of downtown Kota Kinabalu. There’s no public transport so most travelers book a tour that includes private or shared transfers.
When to get there
Mari Mari Cultural Village tours run three times a day: in the morning, afternoon, and evening. There’s no way of visiting outside the set tour times.
Discovering Borneo Cultures in Kota Kinabalu
Kota Kinabalu makes a great base for learning more about traditional indigenous cultures. The Sabah Museum has a heritage village with replicas of traditional homes; the Monsopiad Cultural Village is dedicated to headhunting with a gory house of skulls; and Mengkabong Water Village is a traditional Bajau settlement. It’s also possible to visit or stay in traditionally built Rungus longhouses.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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- Signal Hill Observatory Platform
- Kota Kinabalu City Mosque (Masjid Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu)
- Sabah State Mosque (Masjid Negeri Sabah)
- Sabah Museum (Sabah State Museum)
- North Borneo Railway
- Monsopiad Cultural Village
- Gaya Island (Pulau Gaya)
- Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park (TARP)
- Sapi Island (Pulau Sapi)
- Manukan Island (Pulau Manukan)
- Mt. Kinabalu (Gunung Kinabalu)
- Kota Belud
- Kinabalu National Park
- Poring Hot Spring & Nature Reserve (Poring Hot Springs)