Bako National Park
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Sarawak's oldest national park - Bako National Park is located in Kuching, the
capital of Sarawak, in East Malaysia. It covers the tip of the Muara Tebas peninsula
at the mouth of Kuching Rivers and Bako.
Bako National Park is gazette in the year of 1957. Being the oldest national park in Sarawak,
it is quite surprised to be one of the smallest national parks in Sarawak. This amazing national
park has been featured in the popular reality show naming the The Amazing Race Asia 1 as the
final pit stop. One of the definite features of Bako National Park is the rugged rocky headland
along with steep cliffs where visitors can overlook the South China Sea there. The scenery in
the park is mesmerizing with many spectacular species of flora and fauna. Various kinds of
plants and vegetations such as beach vegetation and cliff vegetation can be seen around.
Besides, one of the famous fauna in the park is the proboscis monkeys or Dutchman. There
are of course, other wildlife that are to be seen around in the park including Borneo bearded
pigs, monitor lizards, mouse deers, snakes and etc. The national park acts as a home to over
150 species of birds too.
There are many treks and trails that you can choose from to be included in your list
of activities in the Bako National Park. All trails possess different names and lengths
and so it is not a difficult task to select the trail that best fit you. In accommodation
wise, there are quite a number of options available. It is all depends on the size of
the group. There are two types of Forest Lodge where it is suitable for 2-3 persons and
there is a Forest Hostel that provides for 4 persons. The best way to stay a night or
two in the park is none other than camping. There is a camping site there but camping
equipments are not provided, thus, remember to bring your own if you decided to camp
After the wildlife and nature experience, you may want to go for a shopping spree.
The best place to go is definitely get back to the city in Kuching where numbers of
shopping malls awaiting you. Uncountable types of brand outlets are available in
most of the shopping malls.
From Kuching, take Petra Jaya Bus No. 6 or any ordinary mini buses to
Kampung Bako (Bako Village). Then, charter a boat to reach Bako National Park.
The boat ride will take an estimated time of 35 minutes.