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Keningau is a district and major town located in the Interior Division of Sabah, East Malaysia on the island of Borneo. It is the oldest and largest town in the interior part of Sabah.Etymology and HistoryThe name Keningau is derived from the locally-abundant Javanese cinnamon tree which is locally known as Koningau. The tree is known as 'Kayu Manis' in Malay, and is sometimes also referred to as the 'king of spices'. The bark of this tree was collected by the British North Borneo Company to be sold as a spice. During the British colonial era, Keningau was one of the most important administrative centres in British North Borneo. The Japanese also used Keningau as one of its main administrative centres during their occupation of Sabah in World War II.Keningau AreaThe following towns, suburbs and neighbourhoods comprise the area formally and collectively known as Keningau: Apin-Apin Bingkor Bulu Silou Nabawan SookGeographyKeningau District covers an area of 3532.82 km² (1364 sq mi). It is situated in a valley bordered by the Crocker Range to the west and the Trus Madi Range to the east and south. The district consists of 43 mukims and 245 villages.In the build up to your vacation in Keningau, plan trip itinerary minutiae using the visitor reviews, staff write-ups, and custom search fields on our Malaysia vacation route planner.
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Kundasang War Memorial
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Sabah Agriculture Park
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Mt. Trusmadi Apin-apin
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Keningau Oath Stone
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