This sleepy little town at the southern end of the Crocker Range has seen better days but still manages to be more attractive than traffic-choked Keningau. Tenom was closely involved in uprisings against the British in 1915, led by the famous Murut chief Ontoros Antonom, and there's a memorial to the tribe's fallen warriors off the main road. Most people pass through Tenom on their way to the nearby Sabah Agricultural Park.
If you somehow get stuck in town, spend the night at Orchid Hotel Rooms are clean and well kept and good value for money. There are cheaper hotels in the vicinity, but they're all a bit musty.
Minivans operate from the padang (field) in front of the Hotel Sri Perdana. Destinations include Keningau (RM10, one hour) and KK (RM42, two to four hours depending on stops). There are also regular services to Tambunan (RM15, two hours). Taxis congregate at a rank on the west side of the padang.
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