Surrounded by verdant forest reserves and conservation areas, Keningau is an urban gateway to Malaysia’s natural spoils, including hiking, waterfalls and the country’s second-highest mountain. The town itself features a vibrant Chinese temple, bustling weekly market and a range of local and international eateries.
Things to do in Keningau
Most nature enthusiasts who come to Keningau use it as a launch pad for outdoor adventures to Crocker Range National Park. Here you can explore almost 14,000 square kilometres of lush forest along the Crocker Range. Hiking trails lead you deep into the national park where you’ll find secluded camping sites and cascading waterfalls. Alternatively, those looking for a challenge can tackle the 2,642-metre-tall Mount Trusmadi, Malaysia’s second-highest peak.
If you’re hanging around the centre of town, visit Tai Pak Gung temple, which features intricate Chinese architecture and decor. For a glimpse into the local culture, time your visit for the weekly market, where you can purchase regional produce, handmade clothing, artwork and handicrafts.
Looking for traditional Malay cuisine in Kaningau? Head to Restoran Seri Keningau for grilled seafood, Wee Kee Roasted Restaurant for delicious noodle dishes or Ho Peng Cafe for a lively communal atmosphere. If you’re after some late-night fun, don’t miss a singalong at Mirage Karaoke Lounge Fun Pub or the live music and cocktails at KRK Bistro & Fun Pub.
Learn about the Keningau region’s history at the revered Keningau Oath Stone, which commemorates the forming of Malaysia and its constitution. Afterwards, dive head-first into Malay culture by shopping through the local stores, such as Servay Jaya Keningau or Hiap Lee Supermarket.
Getting around Keningau
Keningau is situated near multiple highways and is connected to major cities via long-distance couches and Keningau Airport. You can walk around the centre of town, or rent a vehicle to explore further afield.