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Bako National Park Hostel
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Reviewed February 10, 2014

The campsite is enclosed with a fence, you can only set up your tent from 6.30pm and it has to be packed up at 6.00am or someone has to stay with it. At the campsite the toilets are ok but there is only one light that works for male and female. The showers dont work so you use the one at the office. The park is fantastic - definately stay overnight. I did 2 nights a d did 90% of the trails. Two longer trails of 13km one way were closed. You can catch the local bus here number 1. I got the early 7.00am bus and found three people to share the 47 ringit fare. Saw lots of promiscius monkeys, black monkeys and macques eating crabs at the beach. Even the pigs go to the beach. Most of the animals are more active around 4.00pm to sunset and at sunrise. Also saw fire flys. The trails are well marked and start off very steep but smooth out. You can drink water out of the streams. Bring at least 3 water bottles.

Stayed: February 2014, traveled solo
3  Thank twobigfeets
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Reviewed February 5, 2014

Basic accommodation but what do you really expect??!! Woke up to monkeys jumping and running around our roof and all outside the room. Make sure you lock your doors! My parents came back to find that monkeys had been inside their room but thankfully nothing serious. Remember to take lots of water with you as it is very humid and hot and some of the routes are super long. The night walk wasn't thaaaaaat great but still quite interesting. Don't go if you are scared of snakes/spiders. My highlight was watching a huge group of proboscis monkeys by the beach, fascinating

Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
Thank NatashaLau
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Reviewed January 9, 2014

Very basic accommodation. Shared toilets and shower are simple (watch out for mosquitoes!!). No hot water but it was very humid so it wasn't really required. Take your own towel, sheet and toilet paper. If you're accustomed to budget backpacking this won't be a problem. Being in Bako to experience the jungle at night (keep an eye out for glow in the dark mushrooms, fungus and insects!!) is totally worth it.

Room Tip: Bring your own sheet, towel and toilet paper.
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled solo
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1  Thank Nicholas A
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

The hostel at Bako NP is filthy and less than adequate. It's cheap, for 40 MYR you can have your own room (with 4 beds) with shared bathroom but it should be even less than that. There is so much mould in the room that you can barely breath. The bathrooms can hardly be called that. Full of mosquitoes and just completely disgusting.
They have a new hostel now which is made of concrete and looks better but it's not open yet. Should be better to sleep there once it's open though still definitely not great. It will also be more expensive of course.
My advice: Do a day trip. The park is great but at the moment (Jan 2014 more than half of it is closed due to maintenance of the trails and judging from the lack of efficiency of the management and staff of the park, the maintenance works will probably take a veeeeery long time. There is no reason to sleep there, make it a day trip!

Room Tip: The new hostel might be a better choice once it's open
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Klaus B
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

We stayed in hostel 3 for one night and found it to be ok, it is basic as all the other reviews say. The rooms were very hot but the fan was enough to make it possible to sleep, the shower was cold but ok to wash off the days sweat and cool us down.

We brought our own towels and sleep sheet and this was needed in the hostel rooms.

The food was ok, it was hot and there was a variety, all meals are buffet style, It is unclear how they work out how much to charge you as you put food on the plate, they look at it and give you a price.

The staff sit playing computer games and smoking inside when they are not working.

Overall it was ok for one night however I think so much more could be done for this park to be more enjoyable for an extended stay.

Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
Thank chocolou
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