The town of Tambunan is located in the Interior Division of Sabah. It is situated within the parliamentary constituency of Keningau with nearly its entire population comprising of the indigenous Dusun people. Situated approximately 81 kilometers from Kota Kinabalu, this idyllic town is surrounded by terraced padi fields as well as 70 picturesque villages.
The dense bamboo forests engulfing the Tambunan area are a legacy of the British colonial period. Tambunan is the home of the revolutionary Bajau hero, Mat Salleh, who rebelled against the British North Borneo Company. Apart from that, Tambunan is also noted for its quality lihing and tapai (rice wine).