What to do and see in Keningau, Malaysia: The Best Places and Tips

January 18, 2018 Terina Blouin

Keningau (Malay: Pekan Keningau) is the capital of the Keningau District in the Interior Division of Sabah, Malaysia. It is the fifth-largest town in Sabah, as well one of the oldest. Keningau is between Tambunan and Tenom. The town had an estimated population of 173,103.
Restaurants in Keningau

1. Orou Sapulot

Romol Village Sapulot, Keningau 89957, Malaysia
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Orou Sapulot

Orou Sapulot - Experience Mother Nature at it's best and experience the hospitality of the Murut Headhunter Tribe of North Borneo. Not only is this a Must Visit for Eco-Travelers and the Adventurous, but Orou Sapulot is also a Community Project to assist in generating an Economic Development for the Murut Community in Sapulot. Through this project, we aim at not only preserving the authentic Murut Culture but also the sacred lands of the Muruts from being ruined and irresponsibly destroyed. Visitors can expect various activities such as Caving, Jungle Trekking, Rock Climbing, River Cruises, Rapid Shooting, Hidden Waterfalls, Cultural Performance and many more at Orou Sapulot. Support us achieve our Mission as well as Experience the Best of North Borneo by visiting Orou Sapulot. Packages available are from 3 Days 2 Nights Onwards and is customizable.

Reviewed By r0bertb - London

We booked a 3D4N stay with Orou Sapulot and are a family with 2 kids aged 8 and 11. We really recommend this trip if you like a bit of adventure and to get a bit off the beaten track while having great food and the care of wonderful hosts. Richard and his team are wonderful and made us feel so welcome, the work he is doing to bring sustainable tourism to this fairly remote district is wonderful and it was great also to feel part of this. Over the 4 days we experienced everything from great food and learning about the local traditions, a trip down caves and a vertiginous climb up an 800ft pinnacle which after the event was probably the most memorable part of our trip to Borneo! The guides who helped us along the way were wonderful and made us feel safe the whole way. I really couldn't rate this more highly and wish the team the best in developing their business and agricultural projects.

2. Mount Trusmadi

Keningau, Malaysia
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Mount Trusmadi

Reviewed By Dion L - Tumby Bay, Australia

This is a good climb, best enjoyed with a good level of fitness.We climbed the Mastan track , what you expect a jungle track to be.If you are after a good climbing experience away from the package tour circus this is for you. Not yet over crowded and challenging. A word of caution however we had a wet climb and reached the top before 3am, way to early, 3 hours to early. Monitor your climb speed to avoid this. No useful shelter at the top and if you are wet and the wind is blowing hypothermia is a very real risk.Would do it again though but take a small ultra light bivvy or survival thermal bag

3. Mt. Trusmadi Apin-apin

Jalan Apin-Apin, Keningau 89007, Malaysia +60 87-331 651
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Mt. Trusmadi Apin-apin

Reviewed By naimtalip - Sandakan

Mt. Trusmadi is 2nd Highest in Malaysia. The view from the top is amazing and my best jungle trekking experience ever. U can see "Nepenthes" throughout the trail and many others Borneo flora. To go there is very challenging and required 4 wheel drive from Tambunan town to Mt. Trusmadi Gate and Starting point about 1 hours of journey. Once your have reach the starting point to guesthouse about 2KM via wooden Bridges. Stay overnight at guest house (Maximum 20pax/day) before proceed to the real jungle trekking and summit about 3KM at 2am. The journey from the guest house to summit very challenging and put and extra precaution to avoid fall at slope at everywhere. There is many restriction along the way but that's definitely test your physical ability and feel the challenges. When your on reach 3M before summit you'll find steel tower and you can wait sunrise there or direct to the Mt. trusmadi peak. The view from tower is very stunning and you can see mt.kinabalu from here just like floating mountain. I'm very satisfied and worthwhile hiking at Mt.Trusmadi. Prefer all hikers should try trekking here in feel the nature. Well maintained trail and thanks to the mt.trusmadi management for keep us safe and healthy along the trip.

4. Bukit Trig

Jalan Apin-Apin Lama, Keningau 89650, Malaysia
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Bukit Trig

Reviewed By Yang Kwang L - Penang, Malaysia

For hikers, bukit trig is a small hill with 12 checkpoints for you to challenge yourself. The peak which is between checkpoint 2 and checkpoint 3 offers a panoramic glimpse of Keningau. Lush greens against blue skies will definitely brings you chills towards the beauty of nature. Entrance fee for Malaysian is RM2, wheres for foreigners is RM10 each if not mistaken. Worth a visit if you're passing Keningau.

5. Keningau Oath Stone

Pejabat Daerah Keningau, Peti Surat 10, Keningau 89007, Malaysia +60 87-301 509
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Keningau Oath Stone

Reviewed By Syme0n - Alor Setar, Malaysia

Situated in the interior district of Keningau township is the prominent oath stone which now stands as a monument of promise between the people of Sabah and the Malaysian Government prior to the formation of Malaysia; alongside the huge state of Sarawak. It is also the sole historical attraction there is in the whole of Keningau. Look closely and you will see the inscription on the oath stone that remarks several points that the people of Sabah has control of over their land.
The inscription in English would be the following:-
Constitution of the Memorial Oath Stone
1) Freedom of Religion in Sabah
2) The Government of Sabah Holds Authority over Land in Sabah
3) Native Customs and Traditions Will Be Respected and Upheld by the Government
In Return, the People of Sabah's Interior Pledges Loyalty to the Government of Malaysia
The oath stone can be seen and visited during working hours in the Keningau District Office from Mondays to Fridays.

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