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  • Telok Pandan Kecil - Bako National Park
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    Fishermen at work

    by mansionion Updated Apr 11, 2004

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    Fishermen at work

    As Kampung Bako is a fishermen village, this is a common sight en route from Kampung Bako to Bako National Park by boat.

    This wood structure is build by the local fishermen to catch the "bubuk" (small prawns). Fishing net will be put underneath the structure to trap the bubuk. Early morning or late in the afternoon, the fisherman will collect thier harvest for the day.

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    Walk to Telok Pandan Kecil

    by EricLe_Rouge Written Feb 26, 2003

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    Telok Pandan Kecil

    The view from the top blows you away: looking down you have the beach, to the left the rainforest, behind you dry scrub-like vegetation, and in front a superb view of the coastline with a sea stack guarding the entrance to the bay.
    The final stretch is a steep 15 minute descent through the trees and boulders that somehow cling to the sandstone cliff.

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    Borneo and the rainforests is...

    by kimmo_v Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Borneo and the rainforests is the must!

    I was in Bako National Park, which is excellent, and very easy to reach.
    There is 2728 hectares unspoiled rainforest, and clearly marked jungle-trekking routes.


    There are a lot of animals there, especially macaques and proboscis monkeys, that has a huge nose(which are lovely!!). Macaques are very agressive, so dont feed them even if they beg you.
    Beard-pigs are funny looking creatures, that comes in to your lawn to find something to eat.
    Monitor-lizzards are big things(about 1,5meters long), but they are not harmful for peoples.

    The macaques steal everything, so dont leave any items anywhere, not even for a second. They are very quick, and everything goes(candels, handbags, food, drinks, hats, backpacks, ...).

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    Hike the Jungle

    by zrim Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The jungle at Bako is a great adventure. Dark and mysterious filled with exotic creatures. A great place for a walk. The trails thread around the penninsula and up and down fairly good sized hills presenting superb views of the surrounding jungle, the pretty South China Sea and the various sea stacks and other formations. Sometimes the trail leads through thick bamboo groves, other times the countryside is a barren savana. Always something new and unexpected around the next corner.

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    Any Trail Will Do

    by zrim Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The extent and upkeep of the Bako trails is impressive. There are many longish boardwalks over fragile ecosystems. The remainder of the rails are dirt, but maintained very well given the tropical, rainy climate. I have to give the Malaysians a thumbs up for their work in this park

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    Jungle Trekking

    by dfactor Updated Nov 9, 2006

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    One of the map along the trail
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    "Bako has a number of good, well-marked visitor trails (and maps at all junctions)." Well, that is what my travel guide says. Still, we got lost at some point, it must be the scorching sun causing us to lose our direction. A very nice lady from UK, who was trekking with us managed to find the trail and led us back to the right path. One of the trail extends over the sandstone plateau but beginning and ending in better forest near the sea. The coastline, north of Teluk Assam in particular, wave action has sculptured the richly coloured rock into bizzare shapes. Also, along the trail, pitcher plant are scattered all over the place.

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    Jungle Trekking

    by muddybok Updated Apr 26, 2006

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    Jungle Treks!!

    Actually not a "Must See", but is more of a "Must Do" when you're visiting Bako. The real beauties of the Bako National Park are its diversity of vegetations and chances to spot some proboscis monkeys in the park. Of course these treks will often lead you to some very scenic beaches & cliffs, do take along cameras with you.

    Do look up for the Warnings & Dangers section to learn some monkey tricks & do that before you hit out for your jungle trekking. Or you’ll be surprised.

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    Proboscis monkeys at Bako...

    by kimmo_v Updated Sep 2, 2003

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    Picture is from the internet.

    Proboscis monkeys at Bako National Park, Borneo. These monkeys cant be seen anywhere else, so try to spot them in the jungle. The best way to find them, is sit down for a while, and keep total silence. When you hear some noise above in the trees, you will most likely see those cool looking fellows with enormous floppy nose.
    Just awesome!!!!!

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    Bako Treks And Trails

    by Sambawalk Updated May 17, 2009

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    Map of treks and trails in Bako
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    Bako's extensive trail system is made up of 16 colour-coded jungle trails which offer a range of walking and hiking options. The fit and adventures can opt for full-day jungle hikes or overnight camping expeditions, whilst those who prefer to take it easy can opt for a relaxing forest walk.

    Once you arrive the park headquarters, you will see a Map of treks and trails in Bako. In facts, all teh trails in the park are well marked with colors. For day trippers, ther are not much choices as you arrive at about 9-10am the earliest, then you have to return by 4pm so that you can catch the 5pm last bus back to Kuching.

    Lintang circuit trail, which is about 4 hours from park's HQ back to HQ is the best route for day trippers. If you can afford to charter a longboat, you may additionally visit T Pandan Kecil, which has a very nice beach.

    I stayed there for 2 nights so I could do a couple pof trails enjoy the best of the Bako national park.

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    Swimming in the sea

    by dfactor Updated Nov 8, 2006

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    Santubong in the background, from Bako.
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    Much to my surprise, Bako has some really nice beaches, though the sand is not as soft and sandy as those I had seen on the islands along the Peninsular. Still, it's nice. And you can get a good view of Santubong Park.

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    "Sphinx" of Bako

    by muddybok Updated Dec 10, 2005

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    Nah! Just some wannabe!!!

    I didn't notice the shape of the rock when I was there probably due to over exertion. After printed all the photos and sorting them, I was shocked by the shape of the rock formation. Just focus on the middle section of the picture. Amazing huh!


    Few months later (Feb 2004), I turn down a paid trip to Egypt because am not satisfy with some people organising it. Anyway, I like to imagine this as Sphinx equivalent since I visited this place with some of my best friends.

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    Cobra Rock!

    by muddybok Written Feb 21, 2004

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    Cobra!!!

    Some of the rock formations found at Bako National Park. This rock is suppose to looks like a cobra, but the picture does not turn out what it suppose to be.

    Anyway, they are some really awesome looking rock formations.

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    Proboscis monkey

    by muddybok Updated Dec 10, 2005

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    Proboscis monkey

    You can spot some of these Proboscis monkeys when you're trekking at Bako National Park. These monkeys are generally shy & will stay very high up the tree.

    Proboscis monkey has distinct nose & butt. The Orang Asli from Borneo often refers them as monyet belanda (Dutch monkey) because of its nose. I don't mean to be rude to Dutch eh!

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    Brains?

    by muddybok Updated Dec 11, 2005

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    Brains?

    This rock surface looks like someone has spilt their brains. Yuk!

    You can find this patch of brains look-alike at the cliff of Telok Pandan Kecil.

    I am really clueless what are some of the factors transform the rock surface into brain pattern? But I guess it's due to uneven erosion from water collected on the rock surface. After the initial erosion, the water collected further eats up the previously eroded surface. May be the strong wind on top of the cliff contributed (and speed up) to the erosion because the water that move can erode faster as compare to still water. (just my guess, don't take it for real)

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    Explore the Mangroves

    by DanielF Updated Aug 17, 2006

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    Mangroves are a valuable eco-system that sustain a large number of endangered speciesand, for that reason, their role in the conservation of bio-diversity is essential.

    Plants and animals living in the mangroves have had to learn to adapt to the changing conditions of these areas which remain flooded during high tide. But precisely because these inter-tidal areas connect sea and land, they are very rich in nutrients. The difficult life conditions in such an inhospitable environment have resulted in ingenious adaptions of the wildlife, like the aerian roots of the trees.

    The fragility of the mangroves make of them a highly vulnerable habitat. However, they must face an overexploitation of their resources and, therefore, their conservation is a real challenge for the Malaysian people.

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