Cultural Villages Tour in
Sabah is situated on the island of Borneo; one out of thirteen states in Malaysia. Moreover, Sabah Borneo is known to be the second largest state in Malaysia, blessed with an abundance of natural environment and wildlife. Apart from that, it is home to 32 recognizable ethnic groups, that each has their own culture and tradition that are still being practiced until today.
Travelers who are going for an authentic Borneo experience in Sabah Borneo will find themselves in awe of the unique beauty of Sabah Borneo cultures. Some of the travelers might be interested to know more about Sabah Borneo cultures, therefore, few cultural villages were built for the purpose of introducing Sabah Borneo cultures to travelers, preserving the culture, and historical heritage, as well as providing an image which facilitates the harmony and understanding among the ethnic groups in Sabah Borneo.
Travelers should make a visit to these cultural villages in Sabah Borneo which are perfect for Borneo day tour activities:
1) Mari Mari Cultural Village
A visit to Mari Mari Cultural Village will bring travelers a chance to go back into prehistoric Borneo, where travelers can witness the traditional houses of Dusun, Rungus, Murut, Lundayeh, and Bajau, which were built similarly as the descendants of the tribes that they represented. Located about 25-30 minutes away from the Kota Kinabalu city, Mari Mari Cultural Village is surrounded by tall trees and the silence of the rainforest, which provides a tranquil surrounding for travelers to feel relax while exploring Mari Mari Cultural Village. Apart from that, travelers will get the authentic experience of learning the history and mystical belief systems of each of these tribes by an in-house guide. Anticipate on the exciting activities there such as blow-pipe making, henna tattoo, traditional delicacies preparation, Montoku (rice wine) processing, traditional performances and more.
2) Monsopiad Cultural Village
Face your fear on listening to the fearsome tales of head-hunting in Sabah Borneo when travelers make a visit to Monsopiad Cultural Village, which is a living museum that is located just about 25 minutes away from Kota Kinabalu city. A visit to Monsopiad Cultural Village offers any travelers a glimpse of Kadazan (one of the major tribe group in Sabah Borneo) tradition and history. The museum is to dedicate the life of Monsopiad, the legendary warrior, and head-hunter for Kadazan people, as he became the villager’s protector when he successfully hunts down the robbers of the village and taking the robbers’ heads as trophies. One of the main highlights at the Monsopiad Cultural Village is the “House of Skulls”. Travelers will get to listen to the stories of Monsopiad’s battles and witness the 42 skulls collections exhibit there.
(Above): Soothing the sound of gongs played by local in Monsopiad Cultural Village. Photo by David Lim.
(Left): Monolith which invokes a dozen legends on Monsopiad. Photo by Steph_Pere
3) Borneo Cultural Village
4) Murut Cultural Centre
To gain more in-depth about Murut tribe in Sabah Borneo, Murut Cultural Centre is the one that travelers should drop by for a visit for their Borneo day tours. It is located about 10 kilometers away from Tenom town, which is home to Murut tribe community and the main gateway to other areas within the Murut heartland. Going for a visit to Murut Cultural Centre enable travelers to understand more on the Murut culture and history, such as the unique architectural building, handicrafts, traditional music instruments and many other artifacts that are symbolic to the Murut culture and heritage. In addition, a yearly Murut celebration which is Kalimaran Festival is always held at the Murut Cultural Centre, which exhibits more on Murut handicrafts, traditional costumes, local foods, and games, etc.
5) Linangkit Cultural Village
Get personally acquainted with the Lotud tribe, one of the indigenous tribe of Sabah Borneo, when going for a visit to Linangkit Cultural Village in Tuaran for about an hour drive from Kota Kinabalu city. Lotud tribe are known for their skillful weaving especially for linangkit. Linangkit is a form of needlework and handmade decorative embroidery using interlacing knots, it is the unique traditions activity of the tribe. Apart from that, travelers can get to know the Lotud people daily activities, such as fishing, hunting, and making the traditional costume. Travelers can try on the traditional costume, participate in exciting handicraft-making, traditional food preparations, cultural performances, river cruising, firefly watching and more.
After going to one of these cultural villages in Sabah Borneo, travelers may gain new experiences and knowledge on learning the culture in Sabah Borneo. Travelers may not only capture some pretty photos, but they too capture a memorable experience that they can be shared with their loved ones back home!
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