Bako Travel Guide

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    Mangrove in tide
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  • Telok Pandan Kecil - Bako National Park
    Telok Pandan Kecil - Bako National Park
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Bako Highlights

  • Pro
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     Cell phone coverage in the Park. 

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     Fresh Air :-) 

  • In a nutshell
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     Wonderful walks in the forest. 

Bako Things to Do

  • Proboscis Monkeys

    When I came back to the park headquarters after visiting Telok Pandan kecil, the tide started coming in at the mangrove forest along with a large number of Proboscis Monkeys. I managed to get this photo of a mother and her child clinging to her, so this is an excellent area to view them.

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  • Cobra Head Sea Stack

    Located just off the coast near Telok Pandan kecil, this is one of Bako's most famous images and is shaped just like a cobra's head.

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  • Telok Pandan kecil

    The one and a half hour trek to Telok Pandan kecil is one of Bako's most popular. It ascends the forested hills overlooking Telok Assam, reaching the plateau covered in scrub vegetation and continues along a sandy path lined with carnivorous pitcher plants before reaching a cliff top with stunning view of the secluded bay below the famous sea stack...

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  • Flora vegetation

    There are seven complete ecosystems which include beach flora, cliff vegetation, heath or kerangas forest, mangrove forest, mixed dipterocarp forest, grassland vegetation and peat swamp. Among the flora in Bako includes many species of carnivorous plants such as pitcher plants, sundews and bladderworts.

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  • Mangrove Forest

    If you're heading towards Telok Pandan kecil and the Sea Stack, the first thing you'll come to is Telok Assam - the mangrove forest. You walk above the forest floor on raised walkways and when I came back to the park headquarters after visiting Telok Pandan kecil, the tide started coming in along with a large number of Proboscis Monkeys, so this is...

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  • Jungle Trekking

    If you come to Bako National Park, you can't not take in a jungle trek. Unfortunately, I managed to bruise my toe after slipping on the mud when we had to walk across the water after our boat from Bako ran aground and so I couldn't do much in the way of any trekking. As it happened, I did manage (albeit rather painfully) to do the trek to Telok...

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  • Kampung Bako

    When you step off the bus from Kuching you'll find the river in front of you plus the some fishing village of Bako. Bako is a few kilometres south of the Bako National Park headquarters which you can reach by taking a boat. Bako itself only features a few dozen stilt houses and a mosque on a small hill.

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  • Bako National Park

    Bako National Park is the oldest national park in Sarawak (established back in 1957) and is located at the tip of the Muara Tebas peninsula, which is at the mouth of the Bako and Kuching Rivers, about 25km NE of Kuching. It is characterised by steep coastal cliffs and rocky headlands punctuated by sandy bays. The result of millions of years of...

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  • Telok Pandan Kecil - Bako National Park

    It is a very nice beach that you can swim. It is about 1.5 hours trek (2.5km) from Park's HQ. But only to the top of the mountain, not the beach. This beach is nicer than Panda Besar, which can't swaim nor access. You can get here by longboat.

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  • Telok Pandan Besar

    It is about 1 hour trek (1.75km) from Park's HQ. But only to the top of the mountain, not the beach. This beach is not as goos as the Panda Kecil.

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  • Bako Treks And Trails

    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...

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  • watch the wildlife

    We went in November and stayed in the park overnight. Although the accomodation was fairly basic the wildlife was spectacular including the proboscis monkey, monitor lizards, snakes to name a few. If possible try to spend a day or two here and stay in the park.There are some good easy to follow trails and it is worth to doing a trail by day and by...

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Bako Restaurants

  • Didn't look all that good but not badly...

    Beside the park headquarters is a canteen that sells hot food, drinks and snacks at fairly reasonable prices considering it's the only place to get food within the park. The food didn't look all that good when I visited and as I came only for a day-trip, I had some snacks with me to eat whilst sitting over Telok Pandan kecil.

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  • No choice

    The only place where you can eat is the restaurant, if you can call it like that, of the hotel. It is a kind of self service which offers a limited variety of Chinese food. I was always a bit hungry after the meals, but I promise I did not eat those leaves like that.

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Bako Nightlife

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  • Party!!!!!

    Sorry, not that kind of night life you'll expect. These wild boars will roam the resort area as soon as night is falling.You'll notice these are a lot of pot holes in the resort compound; those are the handy works of these wild boars la!

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  • Bats!

    Bako is the home to tens, if not hundreds of thousands of flying mammals. At dusk the bats venture out of their caves to begin a night of insect devouring. Try to be in the jungle at dusk and watch as the bats negotiate the trees with a series of aerodynamic tricks.I used to be fairly scared of bats. But a night in the jungle cured me of that as...

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Bako Transportation

  • Boat trip from Bako village to Park

    From Kuching, take a taxi or a Petra Jaya Bus No. 6 to Kampung (village) Bako. The journey takes approximately 45 minutes. Continue a 30-minute boat ride to the Park. Boats can be chartered at the terminal and they are operated by the villagers. The boat fees depends on the number of people in the boat. See another pic for the price list. Charter a...

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  • Bus no.6 to Bako from Kuching

    From Kuching, take a taxi or a Petra Jaya Bus No. 6 to Kampung (village) Bako. The journey takes approximately 45 minutes. Bus fare RM2. It departs from the open market area every hour from 7am. Be there about 10 mins before the hour as you don't want to miss the bus. To ensure you can share a boat at Bako village for low fare, get on the bus at...

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  • By Land and Sea

    Take bus number 6 near Kuching Mosque/Sikh Temple. Ticket fee is RM2 to Bako Village. From there, take a speed boat to the park. A boat will cost you RM 40 each way. If you can get more people on the boat, you end up paying RM8 only

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Bako Local Customs

  • Fishing platforms

    This wooden structure is built by the local fishermen to catch small prawns known as "bubuk" as well as fish. Fishing nets are put underneath the structure to trap them and in the early morning or late in the afternoon, the fisherman will collect their catch for the day.

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  • Fishing methods.

    Local fishermen use these wooden structures to fish in the estuary. In the background you can see the mythical Santudong mountain.

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Bako Warnings and Dangers

  • Trails

    If you're heading towards Telok Pandan kecil and the Sea Stack, the first part of the trek is uphill and a little tricky in places as you have to walk over tree roots. Be careful here plus also keep an eye out for armies of ants using the roots as transportation highways!

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  • Snakes

    Please be aware and extra careful that snakes lurk around in Bako NP. E.g. the Green Viper, which is venomous. If you are not with a guide, pay extra attention.

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  • Stingrays

    Be careful when wading out to boats near the National Park offices. My wife stood on a stingray who took offence and gave her a nasty jab in the ankle. Believe me a stingray wound is a painful experience and it can take nearly 2 hours to get to the clinic in Kuching from Bako.

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Bako What to Pack

  • Searching for the Nose Monkeys

    Wear good shoes, since the nose monkeys like to spend their time in the mangrove coastal area where it is quite muddy. Also wear long sleeve pants for the "blood suckers". Definitely mosquite repellent. Take extra film or chipcard, there are so many pictures to shoot, especially when you are eye to ey with a nose monkey.

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  • Do not forget the binoculars

    Fauna in the rainforest is not easy to spot. A good pair of binoculars will help you to see the wildlife without any disturbance. But, for this purpose, the assistance of a good, experienced guide is essential.

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  • Comfortable clothes and boots

    Comfortable cotton clothes and good hiking boots are essential to go hiking in the jungle under conditions of extreme humidity and heat. Bear also in mind the fact that you will have to walk on mud, especially in the mangrove area during low tide.

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Bako Off The Beaten Path

  • Kanpung Bako

    You will have to pass through Kampung Bako anyway, as Bako National Park is only accesible by water and Kampung Bako is the place from which you will catch the boat. If you have time, you may like to take a boat ride and explore this typical Malay village with stilt houses built on the water.

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  • Bako National Park

    Bako National Park is the place to be to enjoy the nature. Its merely 30 minutes boat ride from Kampung Bako. Check out more about this in the Bako National Park pages.

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Bako Favorites

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  • Information Centre

    Located at the park headquarters, this should be your first port of call before you set out on your trek (which you have to register before here as well). The centre provides some good information on the park such as its history and the details on its flora and fauna in the form of pictures and a video presentation. Outside is a trail map...

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  • Holiday Inn Guide

    We had a terrific guide who did so much for us and was very experienced. We went with the guide to see Orang Utangs and to Bako. Very reasonable price and good and reliable service. Definitely recommend it. Please go to Holiday Inn in Kuching. There they have a little agency inside the hotel. The lady there also can make you a good deal at one of...

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  • Big noses

    Among proboscis monkeys big noses are fashionable. The bigger the nose, the more chances males have with girls... In this picture you can see, although not very clearly, a dominant male with a biiig nose!Their voluminous stomachs are due to their feeding habits, since they can only eat leaves, which require slow diggestions. They must avoid sweet...

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Telok Pandan Kecil
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