Bako National Park, Sarawak
Bako National Park, established in 1957, is the oldest national park in Sarawak, eastern Malaysia, on the island of Borneo. It covers an area of 27.27 square kilometres (10.53 sq mi) at the tip of the Muara Tebas peninsula at the mouth of the Bako and Kuching Rivers.
Bako is one of the smallest national parks in Sarawak, yet one of the most interesting, with its rainforest, abundant wildlife, jungle streams, waterfalls, interesting plant life, secluded beaches and trekking trails. There is a well maintained network of 16 colour-coded walking trails, from easy forest strolls to full day jungle treks.
Things to See & Do
* Proboscis Monkeys
* Jungle trekking
* Nighttime sightseeing hikes
* Pulau Lakei - small island off the mainland
Cruise Season - Jan - Dec
Currency - Ringgit (RM) (MYR)
Language - Bahasa Malaysia, English
Land Area - 27 km2
Electricity - 2 vertical square pins and one perpendicular below British style
Time - GMT plus eight hours
International Country Telephone Code - +6o
Travel Links - The journey to Bako has two stages; the first stage can be made overland but the park itself is reached only by boat.
A bus ride from Kuching to Bako Market takes about 45-60 minutes (red public bus number 1). Buses leave to/from Bako about once every hour starting from about 7AM from Kuching and finishing about 6PM from Bako.
When you arrive at the Bako Market purchase your entrance ticket. Then, board the boat to the park headquarters down the river estuary (30 minute ride each way, max. 5 passengers per boat).