Bako National Park
Bako National Park
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  • CanadianTraveler23
    20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great hike in the jungle
    This was a very interesting hike through big jungle. Spotted monkeys, lizards, fiddler crabs and more. Cool boat ride to get there too. Beautiful and exciting. Trip was organized by Esdee at Para Desa Borneo Tours, who gave us a very knowledgeable and entertaining guide who spoke excellent English.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 25, 2023
  • Richard H
    North Narrabeen, Australia29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Make your own tour..
    Bali is well known for the monkeys and natural beauty. The reason for this review is to highlight that you can hire a boat for your own tour and timing. We visited the Stacks and viewed the beaches before setting down at HQ beach. Our boat driver set off to find Proboscis Monkeys to see whist we had coffee, then came to get us. Very nice day out.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 22, 2023
  • macfod
    Dunedin, New Zealand665 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do it yourself
    Its just a 35/40rm Grab ride from Pullman and other hotels. Get there and a guide will latch onto you and help. Registration fee at park $20rm We hadn’t planned anything but opted to pay $400rm for our own boat for 3 hrs. We saw the rocks as we exited the river and ranger station. Then went on Batu Lakei island and a walk to the top for the views. Despite being told we were out of season we were lucky to come across a pod of rare Irraraddy dolphins on the way back to base. We paid an extra 100rm for a private guide ( Riman ) who well educated and worth the money. We didn’t negotiate on price as it’s something we had to do. At 1pm it was easy to negotiate a ride back for 40rm also. Another box ticked
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 1, 2023
  • Niels V
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Day trip to Bako!
    Great day trip! Don’t do an expensive organized Tour, just organise it yourself. Get a grab from the city (35rm) and go to the the registration Office. Get tickets for the boat (boat for 5 people is 100rm for 5pax, you can share the total with other travellers just wait till more arrive). Entrance to the park is 20 rm. Jetty was not crowded or anything it was very well organized. We decided to hire a Guide at the registration Office for 150 rm ( Guides have a small booth there where you can hire them). Boat trip to the park was nice and we did a couple of hikes in the park. We saw alot of animals mainly Thanks to the Guide. He also explained alot about the local tree’s, wildlife etc. Totally worth the price. There is a small restaurant in the park where you can get lunch, drinks and use the toilet. Don’t expect too much, it’s basic. In the afternoon we hiked to a different beach Where the boat picked us up to go to the sea stack rock. We were the only boat there and took some nice pictures. The boat took us back to the restaurant area (this extra trip costed 25rm per person). After this we returned to the registration office. Tried to get a grab back to the city but grab wouldn’t come out here for the return trip. One of the locals hanging around the Office drove us back for 50rm.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 24, 2023
  • Peter Bong
    Kuching, Malaysia2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Bako National Park
    The sea was quite calm as the boat approached the Park headquarter. The tide was low and we had to disembark at Telok Assam beach. Taking off the shoes and jump into the cool sea water was a great experience. The trip was very satisfying because it seemed that the animals were waiting for us, a Proboscis monkey walking on the ground, Silvered leaf monkeys in one harem, a family of Borneo Bearded pigs, a green viper and a naughty mother macaque who fearless jumped on to the visitor's table at the cafeteria to grab the remaining food left on the plate. The hiking to Telok Pandan Besar was great although tiring under the morning hot humid weather. However, it was worthwhile considering the hike was an exercise.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 7, 2024
  • Matt T
    Hertfordshire, United Kingdom69 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth it. Highly recommend. Very Hot.
    Went on the day trip to this great place. Saw lots of wildlife within minutes of arriving by boat. The boat transfer is fun and about 20 mins. Wonderful natural national park to visit. Just like being in the jungle!! You could spend several days if you were to walk all the trails available. Caution- it is Very hot and Very humid, some trails are not easy if you’re elderly, overweight or bad mobility issues. Highly recommended. Top tip— get a guide to go with you.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 18, 2024
  • Ninasunlover
    London, United Kingdom882 contributions
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    What a fantastic day in the jungle wildlife spotting
    We had a tour booked here our guide got us to the boat and we bounced along to the national park..when you jump off on the beach your feet will be in the sea, be prepared. As soon as we walked towards the hall to wash our feet a proboscis monkey was waiting in the trees with the bearded boars and their little ones running around the beach... perfect start. We walked around the "homestay" area and spotted silver leaf monkeys. We then continued to one of the main trails which ends at the beach but is the same route back. My parents are in their 70s and some parts of the trail needed more bending and cautious footing, they did it but having a guide was useful. It's not a path as such it's jungle with tree roots, small wooden ladders, rocks etc but definitely worth the effort...the humidity is insane take more water than you think you will need, we had about 3 bottles each for the day. We were lucky enough to see a family of macaques and their babies on the trail back and a few more proboscis monkeys in the same vicinity which is apparently rare. We saw snakes and a flying lemur too. Over lunch we were treated to another family of silver leaf monkeys entertaining us outside and a cheeky macaque stealing lunch boxes. The food was ok but some of the chicken was dry. After this we did another small trail mostly on a wooden path but didn't see so much here just one snake. Well worth a day out! We spent around 7 hours here with our guide.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 21, 2024
  • Monique C
    9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place but could be costly for solo travellers
    The park is nice with a few trails you can do although it's not possible to do all the trails in 1 day. We did the board walk near the accommodation and the Lintang Trail which was quite interesting but can be steep at some places. The wildlife we saw were the proboscis monkeys, bearded pigs, pit vipers, all kinds of birds and insects. We didn't see the Silver leaf langurs unfortunately. If you are staying overnight, you could do the night tour and see more. The accommodation is very basic and it's best to book a private room. The dorm we stayed in was very cramped. Blankets and towels are not provided. There were 2 of us and the boat fare was RM200 each way. - total RM400 for 2 persons. If you are 1 or 2 persons only, go there early in the morning to find other people to make a group of 4 (or maybe 5) who will return together with you if possible, because if you don't do that then you will end up paying a lot. You cannot go there hoping to find someone to share a boat for the return journey because the return boat fare must be paid at the time you depart for Bako. Therefore it makes sense to try to arrange your own small group of 4 or 5 rather than go alone unless you have booked a tour. This was 5 months ago in October 2024. I don't know if they have increased the boat fare or changed the terms. Food at the canteen there is expensive for what it is, especially the buffet which is offered when they are expecting many visitors. On weekdays, you may be able to order from a menu and get warmer or freshly cooked food - although not necessarily better. If you are just going for the day, you may want to bring your own snacks or buy some food from the local stalls near the jetty before getting on the boat. Pack your own disposable fork and spoons if you are doing that. The only water sold there is Reverse Osmosis water and they also have soft drinks. If you prefer to drink something else, buy it from Kuching or bring lots of your own water.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 29, 2024
  • Mayank
    London, United Kingdom213 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique and full of wildlife
    We were excited to visit Bako national park and it didn’t disappoint! This is a very unique and beautiful national park with diverse wildlife. You don’t have to venture far from the HQ to see the wildlife. There are several hiking trails around the park. Our only regret is not spending the night at Bako.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 2, 2024
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Mirissa, Sri Lanka23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
At first i must say, if you wanna save money be careful when you book your boat ride to Bako. When you arrive to Bako jetty, there will be some people promoting "official" boat services for you. This is private boat service what they are offering, and costs 40-50rm per person. If you want to get real official sharing boat ride, it is 20rm, and it is booked from the same counter where you buy your ticket to national park.

It is good idea to spend night or two in a park, as there is lot of animals who are active only at sunsets&early mornings.
Accommodation is a bit spartan but they are building new lodges.

Cafeteria is kind of bad.. you will get basic food from there but food is not good. Bring your own food there if you wanna eat something fresh.
There are some gluten free options, mostly rice and fried rice.
Staff at the restaurant shows lack of interest what comes to service but this is something i expected from a place like this.

Over all, treks are good and you see some animals.
Written February 21, 2020
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bethan559
Manchester, United Kingdom31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Really great trip to Bako National Park. Easy to get to using public transport from Kuching. The boat was a bit scary with the rough sea but worth it for everything we saw at the park. We stayed for 2 nights in a type 5 lodge which was basic and in need of an update but fine for a short trip. I would really recommend staying over at the park as it is really different when the day trippers have gone home. We saw so much wildlife proboscis monkeys, silvered leaf monkeys and lots of frogs on the night walk. You do the trails yourself some of them are quite challenging so make sure you give yourself time. It took us 6 hours to do a 9k hike as there were some steep and slippy sections. No one mentioned that you could get a boat to bring you back from a trail to stop you retracing your steps which we would have done. We literally saw one other person the whole day on our hike. The food at the cafe is okay, nothing special but it’s reasonably priced. Be cautious of the monkeys around the cafe they are quite aggressive and will not leave you alone if they think you have any food. You need to pay attention to the boat ticket you are buying on the way out. We bought a return ticket and were told we could come back anytime. This was not true and we had to wait until 3pm which was extremely frustrating unless we paid 50RM for another boat. If you are staying and want to come back earlier than 3pm I’d enquire about not buying the return ticket and pay the 50RM to come back when you want.
Written February 8, 2020
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Iskandar Dzurll
Malaysia26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
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.
Written September 29, 2020
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Juuni
Tartu, Estonia8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
We took bus no 1 from basically in front of Grand Margherita hotel in Kuching and everything went smoothly. We stayed for 2 nights in chalet and would have liked to stay for at least one more night. It was quiet after the daytrippers leaved at 3 pm. Because we had kids with us (4 and 7 yo), we hiked only the beginnings of trails and then back to HQ, only did the Teluk Delima trail all the way to the mangrove beach. Kids also played in small river on the beach and had great time. We spotted three species of monkeys (incl. proboscis) and a flying lemur around the HQ and chalets, so there is no need to do long hikes to see those (and bearded pigs who were almost always present). Besides fauna, the biodiversity of palms in park and overall scenery was extraordinary. Overall, Bako NP was amazing, especially when it was raining.
Written January 29, 2020
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chrisrobbins98
League City, TX13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Took a day trip to Bako National Park. Unfortunately, we had a very rainy day, but still very much enjoyed the trip. Hired a Grab to take us to the jetty, where we got speedboat tickets (40 RM) per person (20 RM each way). Didn't see any crocs or proboscis monkeys, but did see one bearded pig and several langurs and macaques. Did self-guided hikes. Trails were a bit challenging, but a lot of fun. Highly recommend.
Written January 28, 2020
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nb404
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
Just a short gateway from city bustles, taking a speed boat crossing over river and sea to reach the island Bako. Surrounded with beautiful Rocky Mountains, forest wild animals mainly wild boars. Able to spot a snake too. Staying there one night was great as you get to see the sunset until what ever time you want, it was just peaceful and an absolute beauty.
Written March 6, 2020
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Niels V
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Great day trip! Don’t do an expensive organized Tour, just organise it yourself. Get a grab from the city (35rm) and go to the the registration Office. Get tickets for the boat (boat for 5 people is 100rm for 5pax, you can share the total with other travellers just wait till more arrive). Entrance to the park is 20 rm. Jetty was not crowded or anything it was very well organized. We decided to hire a Guide at the registration Office for 150 rm ( Guides have a small booth there where you can hire them).

Boat trip to the park was nice and we did a couple of hikes in the park. We saw alot of animals mainly Thanks to the Guide. He also explained alot about the local tree’s, wildlife etc. Totally worth the price.
There is a small restaurant in the park where you can get lunch, drinks and use the toilet. Don’t expect too much, it’s basic.

In the afternoon we hiked to a different beach Where the boat picked us up to go to the sea stack rock. We were the only boat there and took some nice pictures. The boat took us back to the restaurant area (this extra trip costed 25rm per person). After this we returned to the registration office. Tried to get a grab back to the city but grab wouldn’t come out here for the return trip. One of the locals hanging around the Office drove us back for 50rm.
Written September 24, 2023
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richardford2017
Exeter, UK373 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
There are numerous tours available, but if you have your own car it’s certainly cheaper to do it yourself and you don’t really miss that much

We drove about 45 minutes from our base, north of Kuching on decent roads, it was well signed, although we did miss the port entrance the first time, but after asking a local, he directed us the the free port car park. The car was totally safe their, we walked into the main building and there was enough locals to show us how to buy the park tickets and also for the local boat transfer. Total for 2 people for the day was 240 ringgit (about£48) the tours were charging 4 times that amount, although they did include lunch!!!

After the 20 minute boat transfer we registered with the park, signed it and we’re given information about the various trails, we opted for the 800 metre trail, sounds easy, but in the heat and with the terrain it took us about an hour to reach one of the other beaches. Tired and hot we were rewarded with the pictures below.

Lovely full day and so pleased we did it ourselves as we could dictate the pace
Written April 7, 2023
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Callum W
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We decided to arrange a day trip ourselves, to save money. We got No. 1 bus from Kuching to Bako Boat Terminal for 1RM PP (about 1 hour). Then we waited for more people to arrive, to share a boat with (max 5) we managed to get a group of 3 so it cost only 40RM PP return boat trip. The park entrance fee is 20RM PP.

The boat ride was really nice (about 20 mins). Arrived on beach, registered at HQ where they gave us a map and advice about trails. We did Teluk Paku trail, really nice and ends up at a scenic, secluded beach. We saw Silver Lingurs on the trail, then on the boat trip back managed to spot Proboscis monkeys.

Overrall we spent 124RM for 2 people, inclusive of transport to and from Kuching. This is so much less than paying for a tour, and there was plenty of helpful people without having a guide, such as the boat driver and the staff at HQ.

We went late morning, but I'd recommend going early morning to get more for your money and more chance of spotting wildlife.
Written March 19, 2023
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Travelbug1155
San Francisco, CA590 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Although Bako national park is only an hour or so outside of Kuching it’s definitely deserves more than a day visit. It’s an exciting adventure just getting out there by car, then boat ride and staying at the park , with a local guide to show you around will make the experience complete. We got there around 11 had a quick lunch in the simple cafeteria, then headed out for a few hours walk in the midday humidity through an old forest jungle.
There are long snouted pigs and their offspring running throughout the grounds, digging up roots, looking for grubs, wherever they can. We hiked to the other side of the peninsula to a wide-open, sandy beach, and saw just a few macaque monkeys. Closer to the ranger station we saw a family of proboscis monkeys moving through the trees,
Our rooms were simple but comfortable the beds were rather hard but the air conditioning worked well. It was definitely a relief
We went for another short walk , through the jungle in over some primary forest and mangroves , after resting a bit ….had dinner, and went once more for a night walk, which we then found all sorts of small lizards and insects spiders and catfish in the stream. we also witnessed a flying langur ? I think, , he climbed up the tree at 6:15 and flew to a nearby tree on cue, just like our God said he would .
That was the highlight of the evening. The next day we took off for a extremely steep but rewarding hike up to an open area where we saw many different types of pitcher plants really beautiful, variations all along this high clearing.
We returned about 11 o’clock, and had another encounter with the proboscis monkeys much closer this time, headed back to the ranger station and head our final meal and prepared for our departure around 2 PM. It was well worth the overnight stay in order to see the full range of wildlife and activities.
Written April 10, 2023
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