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Travel Box's Best Cultural Tours in Sabah

Sabah, with its diverse ethnic groups and rich cultural heritage, offers a wealth of unique experiences for travelers seeking to immerse themselves in the region's traditions and customs. With Travel Box's expertly curated cultural tours, you'll gain insight into the lives of Sabah's indigenous communities, participate in age-old traditions, and savor the flavors of the region's delectable cuisine.


Mari Mari Culture Village

1. Mari Mari Cultural Village: A Living Museum


Embark on a journey to the Mari Mari Cultural Village, where you'll have the opportunity to experience the customs and lifestyles of Sabah's indigenous tribes. Our guided tours will introduce you to the traditional homes, handicrafts, and daily routines of five ethnic communities: the Bajau, Lundayeh, Murut, Rungus, and Dusun. Witness a captivating cultural performance, try your hand at traditional games, and sample the delicious local cuisine during your visit.


Monsopiad Cultural Village

2. Monsopiad Cultural Village: Delving into Kadazan-Dusun Culture


Explore the history and culture of the Kadazan-Dusun people at the Monsopiad Cultural Village, named after the legendary warrior Monsopiad. Our guided tours will lead you through the village, showcasing traditional homes, handicrafts, and agricultural practices. Learn about the fascinating legend of Monsopiad, participate in a traditional dance, and witness a demonstration of traditional rice wine-making.


Kudat Longhouse Experience

3. Kudat Longhouse Experience: Authentic Rungus Living


Immerse yourself in the authentic lifestyle of the Rungus people with an overnight stay at a traditional longhouse in Kudat. Our guided cultural tours provide a unique opportunity to experience the communal living arrangements, traditional crafts, and age-old customs of the Rungus community. Savor a traditional meal cooked over an open fire, participate in a traditional dance, and learn the art of beadwork during your stay.



Kota Belud Sunday Market

4. Kota Belud Sunday Market: A Colorful Bajau Bazaar


Discover the vibrant culture of the Bajau people at the Kota Belud Sunday Market, a bustling weekly bazaar that showcases the region's finest produce, handicrafts, and livestock. Our guided tours will lead you through the market, introducing you to the colorful Bajau horsemen, known as the "Cowboys of the East," and their elaborately adorned horses. Sample local delicacies, admire the craftsmanship of traditional Bajau costumes and accessories, and witness the lively atmosphere of this unique cultural event.


5. Taste of Sabah: A Culinary Journey

Savor the flavors of Sabah's diverse cuisine on a culinary tour that takes you on a gastronomic journey through the region's rich culinary heritage. Our guided tours will introduce you to the unique ingredients, cooking techniques, and traditional dishes of Sabah's ethnic communities. Sample mouthwatering street food, indulge in a traditional feast, and even participate in a hands-on cooking class to learn the secrets of Sabah's delicious cuisine.


6. Tuaran Mee Festival: A Noodle Extravaganza

Celebrate the beloved Tuaran Mee, a local noodle dish, at the annual Tuaran Mee Festival. Our guided cultural tours will take you to the heart of the festivities, where you'll have the chance to sample various interpretations of the dish, witness noodle-making demonstrations, and participate in fun-filled activities and competitions. This tasty event is a must-visit for food lovers and culture enthusiasts alike.


7. Pesta Kaamatan: Harvest Festival Celebrations

Experience the vibrant Pesta Kaamatan, Sabah's annual harvest festival,

celebrating the rice harvest and the rich cultural heritage of the Kadazan-Dusun people. Our guided tours will take you to the heart of the festivities, where you'll witness traditional rituals, cultural performances, and lively sporting events. Highlights include the Unduk Ngadau beauty pageant, the exciting bamboo-stilt race, and the grand finale, a showcase of traditional music and dance.


8. Sabah Fest: A Celebration of Borneo's Culture and Heritage

Join the locals in celebrating Sabah Fest, an annual event that showcases the region's diverse culture, heritage, and traditions. Our guided cultural tours will lead you through a program of captivating performances, including traditional dances, music, and theatrical presentations. The event also features an exhibition of local arts and crafts, providing a unique opportunity to appreciate the talent and craftsmanship of Sabah's artisans.


9. Tamu Besar Kota Belud: A Cultural Extravaganza

Experience the grandeur of the annual Tamu Besar Kota Belud, one of the largest and most colorful cultural events in Sabah. Our guided tours will take you to the heart of the festivities, where you can witness the Bajau horsemen's breathtaking performances, traditional music and dance, and a lively buffalo race. The event also offers a fantastic opportunity to shop for unique handicrafts, sample local delicacies, and immerse yourself in the region's vibrant culture.


10. Gawai Dayak: Celebrating the Indigenous Cultures of Borneo

Join the Dayak people of Borneo in celebrating Gawai Dayak, an annual festival that honors the indigenous cultures and traditions of the region. Our guided cultural tours will take you to the heart of the celebrations, where you can witness traditional rituals, participate in cultural activities, and enjoy the lively atmosphere of this significant event. Highlights include traditional music and dance performances, vibrant costumes, and the sharing of traditional food and drinks.


In conclusion, Sabah's rich cultural heritage offers a wealth of unique experiences for travelers seeking to immerse themselves in the region's customs and traditions. With Travel Box's expertly curated cultural tours, you'll have the opportunity to explore the diverse ethnic communities of Sabah, participate in age-old traditions, and savor the flavors of the region's delectable cuisine. Embark on a journey of cultural discovery with Travel Box and create memories that will last a lifetime.



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