"The only operating train in all of Borneo runs between Tenom and Beaufort. We are the only tourists on the train. The windows have no glass, but there are louvre shutters that have been lowered. The trainset rocks back and forth.
Much of the journey is at an excruciatingly slow pace. You can just stand on the running board by the open door and enjoy the trip with the wind through your hair. The railway follows the Sungai Padas, after Sungai Kinabatangan the second river of Sabah.
What a great landscape with this roaring brown river, the green hills, the wooden houses with veranda, the palm trees, the bananas. On the way we occasionally stop at a small station, sometimes also in the middle of nowhere to let a number of road workers get off."
Tenom is the terminus of the North Borneo Railway. The city is thus accessible by train, although this is a nostalgic one! If you want to go to Tenom, you should definitely travel by train by 4 hours. They run on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Lunch will be served during the ride!
Tenom is approximately 90 miles from the capital and birthplace of the Murut community. The main festival of the Murut, the annual Pesta Kalimaran (harvest festival), is held in the city. in Tenom. It is also the main gateway to other areas in the heart of Murut and the Lundayeh minority.
Tenom is also known for its coffee. The coffee industry is the second largest contributor to Tenom's economy, after the rubber industry. In the early days of British colonial rule in Malaysia, the city was called Fort Birch.
The ride on the North Borneo Railway used to be the only means of transport for farmers to bring their crops to the coast. This has happened since 1880. When you travel now you can enjoy the scenic view of the Padas River along the way, surrounded by beautiful sights of rice fields, rainforests, rubber plantations and villages. There is something nostalgic about being on a vintage train because it feels like you are being transported to the past! See the photos on the separate page for this.
The exterior uses the traditional deep green and cream of the original North Borneo Railway, with carved copper logos showing the original design of a tiger holding a rail wheel, standing on the royal crown.
Passengers are seated in one of five colonial-style passenger coaches.
Tenom is Sabah's agricultural hub and known locally as the coffee town. The place has its own coffee production factories. Two of the famous factories here are Yit Foh and Fatt Choi. You shouldn't miss this one.
The Yit Foh Coffee Factory was founded in 1960 and is the oldest coffee factory in Sabah. The factory produces a perfect blend of the best roasted Robusta, produced by coffee plants grown in Tenom.
Another coffee factory you can visit is the Fatt Choi Coffee Factory. Established in 1986, they specialize in low-land Robusta coffee beans. Here you can also learn more about the coffee production processes, from picking the coffee beans to roasting and packaging! Another coffee factory you can visit is the Fatt Choi Coffee Factory. Established in 1986, they specialize in low-land Robusta coffee beans. Here you can also learn more about the coffee production processes, from picking the coffee beans to roasting and packaging!
If you're visiting the coffee town, you can't get away without sampling a good cup of coffee at one of the local coffee shops.
White Water Rafting is rafting on Padas River. You can also do this activity when you are in Tenom! Experience one of the 9 main rapids from Class III to IV, each with their own funny names, including Merry Go Round, Cobra and Washing Machine!
While Kota Kinabalu has Mari Mari Cultural Village, Tenom also has its own Murut Cultural Center! Since Tenom is populated by the Murut tribe, this is a perfect place to learn about Tenom's culture as a whole. There is an interesting gallery with many artifacts such as pots, gongs and traditional items of the indigenous Murut inhabitants. There is also a Murut dance performance several times a day!
In the Taman Pertanian Sabah, or Sabah Agriculture Park you can admire different types of plants. It is made with both recreational and educational activities. The park is home to numerous species of wild orchids, tropical plantations from fruits to vegetables, as well as commercial crops such as tobacco and coffee.
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Perkasa Hotel Tenom
Located in Tenom, Perkasa Hotel Tenom is an ideal spot from which to discover Tenom. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the vibrant city has to offer. Thanks to its convenient location, all major attractions are close to the hotel.
Perkasa Hotel Tenom offers many facilities to enrich your stay in Tenom. For the comfort and convenience of guests, the hotel offers free Wi-Fi in all rooms, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park, room service, family room.
Step into one of 63 inviting guest rooms and escape the daily stress with a wide range of amenities including air conditioning, desk, blackout curtains, television, satellite / cable television. Hotel facilities such as a garden offer every opportunity to relax after a busy day. Whatever your reason for visiting Tenom, Perkasa Hotel Tenom is the perfect venue for an exhilarating and exciting break away.