Monsopiad Cultural Village


  • Prized Skulls
  • Farm Life Experiences


Entrance fee, return transfer, Traditional lunch , Guided Tour, Cultural Dance performance.


Monsopiad Heritage Village is a traditional village with a historical site opened on the 1st of May 1996 to commemorate Monsopiad. Monsopiad was a fearsome Kadazan Headhunter warrior who lived in the Village of Kuai 300 years ago who was born to a woman named Kizabon and her husband Dunggou.

More than just a museum, the concept of the Monsopiad Heritage Village is to document, revive and preserve the history of Monsopiad, as well as the culture, traditions, and beliefs of the Kadazandusun people. The village offers you the opportunity to see and experience the culture and lifestyle of how the indigenous ethnic communities of the Kadasandusun used to live in the past.

Cultural Dances Performance: 11am Or 2pm

Monsopiad Cultural Village Map

1. House of Skull 7. ‘Tangkob’ 13. ‘Pagahavatan’ 19. ‘Danau’
2. MCV Information Board 8. ‘Kotos’ 14. Putatan River 20. Traditional Sport/Games
3. Main Entrance 9. Riverside Café 15. Performance Stage 21. Handicraft Hut
4. Entrance Gong 10. Hanging Bridge 16. ‘Gintutun Do Mohoing’ 22. Sumpit Hut
5. Administration Office 11. Jetty 17. ‘Hamin Pobuvatan’ 23. ‘Hamin Tagazo’
6. ‘Hamin Bakaang’ 12. Warrior Boat 18. ‘Husap’ 24. Future Development

Things to do:

1. Guided Tour
- Have a tour around the cultural village while accompanied by your tour guide and the in-house guide. Dive deep into the history of "Monsopiad" , the fearless and legendary  Kadazan head-hunter warrior and spirit worshipping, where the "Bobohizan" (High Priestess of the Kadazandusun), ruled the villages and took care of the health and spiritual well-being of their people. The main highlight of the tour is visiting the House of Skulls , where the 42 real human skulls which are beheaded by Monsopiad himself is displayed. 

2. Learn and have a taste at the signature "Sabahan" dishes.
- When it comes to traditional food, Sabah has many yet delicious dishes which are mainly pickled or preserved. For example : Bambangan (Wild mango), Tuhau (Wild ginger) and more.

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3. Have a taste of the traditional Sabah rice wine
- Savour the taste of traditional Sabah rice wine made from glutinous rice and local yeast. You might also be able to taste 3 types of rice wine such as Lihing, Talak, and Sikat. 

4. Take the butod challenge! 
- Butod (Sago worms), is the larvae of sago palm weevil, species of snout beetle that consumes sago palm during its infancy. Its also delicacies in Sabah and Sarawak and enjoyed as nutritional by the indigenous community for centuries. Do you dare to take the challenge?

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5. Watch and take part in the fire making challenge! 
- In the olden days, women must learn how to start a fire using a traditional method which was considered the main qualification for marriage. Come and try it out to see if you are qualify for marriage!

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6. Participate in traditional games
- Learn and experience traditional games such as , Tampanau (Bamboo stilt walk), slingshot, coconut shell walk and blowpipe shooting which was one of the methods used by men in the olden days for hunting.

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* The itinerary is for reference only, it subjects to any necessary changes in accordance to local requirements.

Pickup Time & Transport Fee

Pickup time below is for reference only, actual time will be sent to you upon booking is confirmed. Transport fee quoted is per person.

Zone Hotel Pickup Time Fee (CNY)
A Kota Kinabalu city North (Grandis, Hyatt, Gaya street area...) 10:15 am Free
B Kota Kinabalu city Center (Marriott, Marina Court, Horizon, ...) 10:15 am Free
C Kota Kinabalu city South (Sutera Harbour, KK Time Square, ...) 10:20 am Free
D Airport area (Shangri-La Tanjung Aru, Aeropod, ...) 10:30 am Free
E 1Borneo area (Tune, Grand Borneo, ...) 9:10 am 30.84
F Outskirt area (Shangri-La Rasa Ria, Nexus Karambunai, ...) 9:10 am 46.26
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How to Pay

Pay on travelling day

No advance payment is required, simply pay cash in Ringgit-Malaysia to tour guide. However, you still need pay in full for any cancellation made 1 day prior to tour date.

Pay Online

Accep Visa and MasterCard credit card, Malaysian bank transfer, Paypal, FPX, Alipay. 2.3% surcharge apply. Please be noted that 2.3% processing fee is non-refundable in case there is cancellation 3 days after the payment made.

Bank Transfer

for Malaysians:
Online banking through your Malaysia Bank Account

for International guests:
Use WISE - a Fast & convenient global transfers service, better exchange rate than conventional bank Telegraphic Transfer; No 2.3% processing fee; Generally we would receive your payment in same day.

Additional information

  • Min. Participant(s)2 Persons To Go (child does not counted)

  • Tour location / Depart fromKota Kinabalu

  • Recommend to book1 month(s) in advance

  • To book at least3 day(s) in advance

  • Cancellation & Refund Policy:  Not refunable for any cancellation made.

  • Tour Type: Sit-In-Coach basis (SIC). This tour is not private tour, you will share the trip with other guests come from different countries. Please notify us upon booking if you are looking for private tour, surcharge might be applied.

  • Insurance: Tourist transportation insurance included. Please contact your insurance agency for personal travel insurance.

  • Pickup Service:  Pickup service will be provided from the hotel/hostel/lodge that you are staying. Please wait at lobby while the tour guide will find you when he/she arrive. Dropoff service will be provided after travelling, please notify us upon booking if your dropoff location is differ from pickup location.

  • Specialities: You may decide the joining date, no compulsory tips (If you are happy and satisfied with the journey and the tour guide service, it's always a nice way to express your appreciation with tipping, OR words of thanks is good enough).

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