Things To Do in Tenom (2024)

Located approximately 176 kilometres south of Kota Kinabalu, Tenom holds historical significance as it was once known as Fort Birch during the early days of British colonial rule. The rich, fertile soil of Tenom has transformed the region into a vibrant agricultural haven. The primary agricultural focus centers around rubber production, while soybeans, maize, vegetables, cocoa, and coffee add their distinctive flavors to the dynamic tapestry of the Tenom economy. Recognized as the agricultural hub of Sabah, Tenom is locally acclaimed as the "town of coffee".

For those seeking a tranquil domestic vacation, Tenom's allure lies in its cultural richness and natural beauty. Conveniently accessible, Tenom is less than a three-hour drive from Kota Kinabalu International Airport. Surrounded by picturesque landscapes, it has become a favored holiday destination for Sabahans. Immerse yourself in the charm of Tenom, where history, culture, and the scenic beauty of Sabah converge for a memorable experience.

What To Do in Tenom

Yit Foh Coffee Factory

Yit Foh Coffee Factory, a beacon of high-quality coffee production since 1960, founded by the visionary Mr. Yong Loong Vun. Dive into a guided orchard tour where the secrets of robusta coffee trees unfold against the backdrop of nature's beauty. The real magic happens at the factory, where the coffee-making process comes to life. When you join the coffee factory tour, you will get to:

  • Engage in a hands-on experience with guided workshops, including coffee tasting and brewing
  • Try out siphon brewing demonstration and unique coffee-painting activity
  • Explore the souvenir shop, which offers a range of coffee products, such as coffee powder and drip coffee

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Yit Foh Coffee Factory

Yong Farmstay

Embark on an unforgettable journey at Yong Farmstay for a vibrant cultural experiences like no other! Delve into the heart of Hakka heritage with our captivating tour, where antiques, old furniture, and traditional equipment are meticulously preserved, offering a glimpse into a bygone era. Gain profound insights into the rich traditions, customs, and unique ways of life of the Hakka people, creating lasting memories.

Encounter a mini zoo featuring diverse wildlife, from wild boars and monkeys to pythons and the enchanting Common Hill Myna. Traverse the thrilling suspension bridge, conquer the glass bridge, and ascend the awe-inspiring 360-story-high rainbow stairways — each a picturesque spot to capture memorable moments.

Don't forget to take a photo in front of the largest 3D Sabah map in Malaysia, a monumental masterpiece measuring an impressive 40' x 24'. Yong Farmstay promises an enriching experience that transcends ordinary travel!

Yong Farmstay

Padas White Water Rafting 

Experience an adrenaline rush like never before with Grade 3 - 4 Padas White Water Rafting. Brace yourself for a thrilling 9KM ride featuring 7 challenging rapids ranging from Grade 3 to Grade 4, and during the rainy season, it might escalate to a formidable Class 5. Before embarking on the thrilling rafting journey, enjoy a 1 ½ hour scenic train ride through lush greenery, villages, and rivers, soaking in the authentic countryside vibes.

Once on the raft, the adventure lasts 1 ½ to 2 hours, depending on the rapids and river conditions. A skilled water raft captain will guide you, providing paddle instructions and ensuring safety throughout. Get ready for an exhilarating experience that you'll cherish forever!

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Padas White Water Rafting

Fat Choi Coffee Cabin

Indulge your senses in a delightful coffee escapade at Fatt Choi Coffee! Order a cup of caramel cappuccino or iced blended mocha and immerse yourself in the beauty that surrounds you as the allure extends beyond just great coffee! Picture yourself on the observation platform, soaking in breathtaking views of Tenom town and the majestic Padas River. The experience is elevated by another notable attraction – a grand Sabah tourism map uniquely situated atop a scenic hill! Discover the perfect blend of caffeine and panoramic vistas at Fatt Choi Coffee!

Fat Choi Coffee Cabin

Murut Cultural Centre

Welcome to the Sabah Murut Cultural Centre, an expansive 33-acre haven nestled beside the scenic Pegalan River. Situated 13km before Tenom town on the main road from Keningau, our centre is housed in a sprawling timber complex, echoing the architectural charm of a traditional Murut village. It is more than just a building – it's a celebration of heritage and tradition.

Discover the Murut Cultural Centre, where a captivating gallery unveils Murut artefacts, from majestic jars to resonant gongs. For an adventure, test your jumping skills on the local wooden trampoline, Lansaran. Marvel at the impressive architecture, crafted mainly from local timber. The monumental pillars and intricate carvings offer a true glimpse into the authenticity of Murut design.

Join us at the Sabah Murut Cultural Centre, where tradition meets modernity, and every visit is a journey into the heart of Murut heritage.

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Murut Cultural Centre

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What to Eat in Tenom

Yit Foh Robusta Café (Muslim-friendly)

Indulge in a culinary extravaganza at Yit Foh Robusta Café, the only restaurant with air conditioning in Tenom! From 11:00am to 9:30pm, savour a diverse selection of Asian and Western cuisines that will tantalise your taste buds. What sets us apart is not just our delightful menu but also the live entertainment featured every Wednesday and Saturday, transforming your evenings into a perfect blend of exquisite flavours and captivating music. Don't forget to capture memories in the signature "A Sky of Colourful Umbrellas" garden right outside the café. The natural lighting creates Instagram-worthy photos, making your dining experience at Yit Foh Robusta Café truly unforgettable!

Yit Foh Robusta Café

Chi Hin Restaurant (Non-Halal) 

When in Tenom, don't miss out on the local culinary delight: corn-fed chicken! You'll be pleasantly surprised by the exquisite taste of this poultry. The meat boasts a delightful combination of firmness and bounce, and the distinct yellowish hue of the skin is a result of their unique diet. Unlike conventional farm chickens, which often carry excess fat from consuming cheap grains, the fat layer in corn-fed chicken is notably leaner. Another noteworthy aspect is the use of older chickens, contributing to a denser and more satisfying meat texture. At Chi Hin Restaurant, you can also indulge in the local delicacies such as spring rolls and steamed pork belly.

Chi Hin Restaurant

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Where to Stay In Tenom

Naluyan Jungle Lodge

Situated in the serene Tenom area and cradled by the majestic Crocker Mountain range, Naluyan Jungle Lodge invites you to fully engage with the enchanting natural surroundings. Positioned in Kampung Mantailang, it is conveniently about 9 km from Tenom Town via the Tenom-Keningau road, ensuring a brief 15-minute journey to reach the destination. This nature-centric retreat provides a refreshing escape, featuring a river-sourced swimming pool, perfect for unwinding in a natural environment. With a capacity to comfortably accommodate up to 39 individuals when all rooms are booked, Naluyan Jungle Lodge is an excellent choice for various travelers, whether embarking on a solo adventure, a romantic getaway, or part of a larger group. The lodge caters to diverse group sizes, offering options from cozy retreats for two to spacious accommodations capable of hosting up to 9 guests, ensuring a delightful stay for everyone!

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Yit Foh Coffee Park

Experience the ultimate stay at Yit Foh Coffee Park with the diverse range of accommodation options, from the Chalet (King or Twin) or Long House (1 King Bed) to Long House (Double Decker) or Family Hut (1 King Bed & 2 Single Beds). You can enjoy the convenience of free parking with ample space for your vehicles and the Asian and Western cuisines at our on-site restaurant, just a few steps away from your cozy chalets. All rooms feature private and well-equipped bathrooms with spacious heated showers and basic toiletries. When you step out onto your own private balcony, the picturesque garden view awaits you. Families will appreciate the kid-friendly environment, as the park is exclusively fenced for guests, providing peace of mind.

Tenom Valley

Nestled in the captivating landscapes of Tenom, Tenom Valley features the region's largest lodge structure, offering a serene countryside ambiance. It serves as an ideal retreat for groups and families, providing a tranquil escape to revitalise spirits. Crafted by a local architect, the property is adorned with a diverse array of delightful trees, enhancing its aesthetic appeal. Tenom Valley goes beyond mere accommodation, offering a spectrum of activities such as swimming, ATV riding, leisurely balcony strolls, guided walks to nearby waterfalls, and the flexibility for self-cooking and BBQ experiences.