Bako National Park

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Travellermary1
Mirissa, Sri Lanka23 contributions
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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Iskandar Dzurll
Malaysia26 contributions
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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bethan559
Manchester, United Kingdom32 contributions
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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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Cay
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia23 contributions
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This place is magical!
We prebook our stay through the forestry website the room is basic but clean.
Just make sure you got an e mail/code and then you are all good.
Get to the Jetty by bus at the Kuching bus station. Is just RM1 and it comes every hour.
A boat ride cost RM20 one way please mentioned you willing share with others. The boat ride only starts 1 pm due to the low tide during raining season! So no need rush to thw Jetty!
We did hiking Lintang trail loop seen wildboars and probocis monkey! Lovely day
Written December 21, 2021
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nb404
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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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Juuni
Tartu, Estonia8 contributions
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
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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HTH
Kuching, Malaysia147 contributions
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One of the amazing place to relax yourself especially after few days busy working. Take a car for about 50 minutes distance from city centre to reach Muara Tebas village ,and then take a boat 15 minutes.
The nature environment with great small size wild animals and plants.Besides unpolluted seaside just aside.
The visitors are encouraged to learn more about some rare creatures in order to teach young and next generation .
Written March 14, 2020
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charlotte B
Southampton, UK147 contributions
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.
Written March 29, 2020
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Jonathan W
Singapore, Singapore106 contributions
First thing, this is the natural world, so seeing any animals is not guaranteed. We bumped into one local who, despite his seven visits over the years, has only spotted two proboscis monkeys! So, you have perhaps one in three odds on seeing any. Fortunately, I did see some, but this was on the drive back to Kuching, where we happened to stumble across a troupe on the roadside.

The trek is hard going. Our guide was keen on power-walking through the jungle. There is a lot of traffic with other tourists following well-trod tracks. So it isn't exactly an isolated get-away.

We went during belting rain. I believe my boots are still wet a week later. This was principally due to jumping out knee deep into the water, as there is no jetty on the national park side. Also, the bump ride across is very bumpy. So only come if you are prepared for a more demanding adventure!
Written January 2, 2020
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