Interior Division, Malaysia · 3 hotels available
Tenom is a town located in the interior part of Sabah, Malaysia. Tenom is considered as the unofficial capital of the Murut ethnic with the majority of them making up most of the population here. Hence a lot of the festivals and festivities held by the Murut ethnic will be done here in Tenom, such as the Kalimaran Festival. In addition to that, the town also houses one of the oldest Chinese settlements in the state. Most of the Chinese residents are of the Hakka ethnic which came all the way as agriculturists from Guangdong, China to Tenom due to its fertile soil. Similarly like any other places in Sabah, Tenom has been an agricultural zone with the multitude of products being produced such as soy bean, maize and cocoa. The second booming industry is the tourism industry, since there are also a few interesting tourist spots in Tenom such as the Sabah Agricultural Park and Murut Cultural Centre.
From Kuala Lumpur International Airport, you can take flight on-board with the Malaysia Airlines or AirAsia for a direct flight to the Kota Kinabalu International Airport. Then you can take a train to Tenom using the Sabah State Railway from the Tanjung Aru railway station which would take up to 2 hours and 30 minutes journey before stopping at the Tenom railway station. Other options including bus and renting a car if you intend to drive on your own.
Sabah Agricultural Park is a massive 200 hectare agricultural park that is being developed and maintained by Agricultural Department. It is home to more than 400 species of orchids with some of them being classified as rare or endangered species such as the Elephant Ear orchid. There is a specific 8 acre site dedicated to crop plants where 400 species of crops are being planted systematically here. There are three kinds of gardens here – the Ornamental Garden, the Plant Evolution and Adaptation Garden and Model Garden. There is also a bee centre where you can find some of the bee species native to Sabah as well as an animal park which resembles a mini zoo. The facilities here can prove to provide an educational and recreational experience for the visitors.
Murut Cultural Centre is located 10 kilometres away from the town, specifically on the Kampung Pulong, just by the roadside. It is accessible via bus and taxi too. It is a massive 33 acre gallery which places most of the traditional Murut artifacts such as gongs and classical designs. Such display will bring tourists into an introduction of the Murut society, cultures and beliefs. Even the building architecture is an attraction worth of an attention – it is mainly erected out of the local timber and each pillars of the centre is a symbolization of the elements of Murut architecture. Another glimpse of such elements is when one sees the chiselled carvings on the interior panels of the cultural centre. The centre is opened on a daily basis, from 9 am till 5 pm with a free-of-charge entrance fee.
This three-star hotel is situated interior area of the town, which is about 2 kilometres proximity with the railway station. The Borneo Golf Resort is placed nearby the hotel which has its own accommodation as well. Rooms typically available for visitors to choose are between the standard and superior types in which breakfast as well as WiFi are equally provided. In-room facilities include cable television, coffee maker, personal safe and shower. There are restaurant and bar nearby which are convenient for visitors to have their meal. In addition to that, laundry services are also provided.