Short Getaway to Kota Kinabalu

So, After the Bario trip, James and I went to KK for 2 days. Rather short. Holiday for him, supposed business trip for me but the guy did not show up. Looking on the positive side of it, we went sight seeing instead. Which was fun. So after Bario we took a flight from Miri to KK, and I somehow knew that the last Leap group was still around, probably their last night in Borneo. And I was right. 

Anyways, James and I stayed at this nice hostel called Sensi Backpackers. Located in the middle of almost everywhere. Strategic place, clean and comfortable. We paid something like RM80 per night and got a room for 4 pax. As soon as we checked in, I went straight to the leapers room and surprise them. Later we went to this nyonya place called Sri Melaka Restaurant I think. Food was good, cheap, and to be honest, worth it! 

Our dinner at Sri Melaka Restaurant cost around RM48

So the next day, we decided to go to Mari-mari Cultural Village. 

Mari Mari Cultural Village tour is located deep in the countryside away from the modern and developing Kota Kinabalu city. The village operates as a museum that preserves Borneo ethnic culture. It aims to share the knowledge, history, culture, and tradition of Borneo with you so that it is not forgotten.

The tour offers you the opportunity to see and experience the culture and lifestyle of how the indigenous ethnic groups of Borneo used to live in the olden days when electricity had not yet been introduced in their land.

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.


So, for those who wants to go, need to know that there is a time table. And we went there on our own, entrance fee was RM90 per pax which include in house guide, and lunch. If you wanna go, I’d recommend you to either get a tour package from agents, or book trough their website. Because we almost couldn’t get back to our hotel after the tour was done. You can view photos in the gallery down below later. I highly recommend you to spend time. Oh.. Don’t forget to pack up insect repellent and bring drinking water with you.

Tour time table

Mari Mari Cultural Village from Seth Peli on Vimeo.

Anyways, that evening we went to have some seafood by the waterfront. Down at Warung Makan Seafood Todak Waterfront. I highly recommend the store where we ate. Service was fast and food was good. We had the squid cooked with salted egg, buttered prawns and sambal stingray. If you don’t have enough cash, don’t worry, they have a credit card machine.

Squid and Prawns
Sambal Stingray
Highly recommend Clam Station’s, 1 stall on the right
No cash, no problem. They have Credit card machine

How I wish I had more time there. 2 days is not enough in Kota Kinabalu if you wanna go see everything. I’ll be back!!!                                                      Enjoy the photos.

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