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Bako National Park

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Bako National Park

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Iskandar Dzurll wrote a review Sep 2020
Malaysia26 contributions7 helpful votes
I went there just after Kuching was no longer declared red zone and there was no need to do quarantine too (for those travelling within Malaysia, of course). We waited at the bus stop near the Waterfront (The one near I.G Gula Apong) and quickly, we realised that the buses for Bako is red in colour, the word "Bako" is written on it and arrives hourly (7am,8am,9am etc). So, we took the 8am bus and arrived at Bako an hour later (bus was comfy & great) only to find out that we have to book a whole boat to ourselves since there are no tourists (due to RMCO (covid19)). We only saw one proboscis monkey and some monkeys on that day. Pretty unlucky , isn't it? Not even the bearded pigs. Anyway, visitors, you guys don't need to trail so far, the animals could be seen around the headquarters itself. Overall, we have great fun trekking and enjoying nature & taking lots of pictures too. 🙂 We finished by 1pm and waiting for the 2pm bus only to find out that it parked alongside the road (where we would have to walk a bit to find it) so we missed that. There was not a single bus until 5pm so technically we wasted 4 hours loitering along the road. We did buy a delicious Coconut Shake made win homemade ice cream (shop: Mala Enterprise) and some satays from the locals. P/s, we did try to ask the locals who were travelling in a car to help us to a place where we could get access to Grab (Grab drivers didn't want to come to the Bako area probably cause they're far) but the locals in Bako are so unfriendly, they didn't want to find out what problems we had and just drove off. I had my wife with me who looked so tired and we were wearing proper masks and holding up maps/phones but yet not one of them bothered. It's sad. Maybe the locals are wary hence sharing here so that tourists do not expect any hitchhiking.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Pety_Stg wrote a review Apr 2020
Sitges, Spain205 contributions22 helpful votes
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I really loved it here. I should have stayed 2 nights. Trails were well marked and the night walk was perfect. I really loved thatv empty beach with no people. I dont give 5 points due to that the boat men are throwing the cigarette buts in to the sea in the port where people take the boats when going back. Thats a thing you dont do in a national park.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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charlotte B wrote a review Mar 2020
Southampton, United Kingdom147 contributions10 helpful votes
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When we first arrived at the Ferry port it was very busy and we were unsure of what we were doing, but the staff are all so hard at work and with the communication barrier they were doing their best. The boat ride to Bako was lovely, I felt like Judy Dench. When arriving at the centre they explain what you need to do if you want to go for a walk/hike. Straight away we were lucky enough to see proboscis monkeys. After reading many reviews and blogs we decided to stay at Bako National park for 2 nights and we are so glad we did. You must book in advance though. With the boat ferry times, if you only went for a day you wouldn't be able to see much at all but it depends how many walks you want to go on. There are many different trails and hikes you can do and they tell you the distance and how long they should take. We decided to do our daytime hikes on our own and we were completely fine and felt safe. We saw monkeys, snakes, pigs and spiders. Some of the monkeys can come close if you are carrying rucksacks but if you are careful there is nothing to be worried about. We went on one walk down to the beach and another one to a viewpoint. We are quite an active couple but I did struggle in the heat one day so we decided to get the boat back from the viewpoint. Make sure you take plenty of fluid as it can be very humid. We also did the night walk which I would highly recommend if you are staying. We didn't see any of the big animals but the experience being out in the pitch black in the rainforest was an experience on its own. The guides also know where certain animals are. I would highly recommend going to Bako and staying. The accommodation isn't luxury but what can you expect when you are in the middle of a rainforest. Out of our 2 weeks in Borneo seeing the proboscis monkeys was one of our top highlights.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Daisy22doo wrote a review Mar 2020
Krabi Province, Thailand329 contributions53 helpful votes
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What a great place to hike and explore. We had a fantastic guide who showed us where to find the proboscis monkeys, pit viper, macaque monkeys, wild boar and a flying leema. The route we took wasnt too taxing but some of the good view points looked really tough! I recommend going with a guide as they know the best spots and were the animals like. Very humid and hot so take a lot of water.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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TallPaulLondon wrote a review Mar 2020
Walton-On-Thames, United Kingdom99 contributions81 helpful votes
We visited here based on the reviews on Tripadvisor. We arrived at the Ferry port which is disgusting. The toilet facilities are rank and there is not hygienic way of going to the toilet. We then got on a rather rickety narrow boat with an engine problem which did not fill me with confidence. We then arrived at the main park entrance. We did a morning hike and only saw a couple of monkeys, two snakes and a wild pig which were in the main area of the park close to where food was available. During the hike we saw no animals at all. We then headed back to the main area for lunch and all the monies arrived to steal our food which was actually quite entertaining. We then went on an afternoon hike and saw a couple more monkeys and pigs again close to the dining area. I fully appreciate this is a national park and you are never guaranteed to see animals in the wild but I don't think the park is teeming with wildlife and therefore the only animal you see are those close to the dining area, Overall an expensive trip based on what we saw and I would not recommend visiting.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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