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Bako National Park
|CAMPING IN BAKO NATIONAL PARK
a little tropical beach all to myself
Sunday, March 9, 2008
......I had a little tropical beach all to myself. No other people, no macaques stealing things. I'm like Robinson Crusoe..........
......I put my camera down, set the self-timer, and took a picture of me there........
......Then I went for a swim. The water was cloudy because
of the river outlet there, but it was still pretty, and warm, and a nice way
to recover from sweating myself silly on the trail. It's a very slow slope
there, so I had to walk a long way to get to waist-deep water.
You Gonna Eat All That - Malaysia
|Treks And Trails in Bako National
Bako has an extensive trail system of 18 color-coded jungle trails offering a range of walking and hiking options. The adventures can opt for full-day jungle hikes with overnight camping expeditions, whilst other prefer to take an easy and relaxing forest walk.
One Way Time & Distance From HQ
|1.||Tanjung Sapi||0.5 km||30 minutes (0.8 km)||
|2||Telok Paku||0.8 km||1 hour (1.2 km)||
|3||Ulu Assam||0.8 km||1 1/4 hours (1.4 km)||
|4||Telok Delima||0.25 km||45 minutes (1 km)||
|5||Telok Pandan Besar||0.75 km||1 hour (1.75 km)||
|6||Telok Pandan Kecil||1.5 km||1 1/2 hours (2.5 km)||
|7||Serait||1.25 km||1 1/2 hours (2.2 km)||
|8||Lintang||5.25 km||3 1/2 hours return||
|9||Tajor||2.75 km||2 1/2 hours (3.5 km)||
|10||Tanjung Rhu||1.8 km||2 1/2 hours (4.2 km)||
|11||Bukit Keruing||2.25 km||3 1/2 hours (5.5 km)||
|12||Paya Jelutong||0.2 km||3 1/2 hours (5.7 km)||
|13||Bukit Gondol||2 km||4 1/2 hours (7.7 km)||
|14||Ulu Serait||2.75 km||3 hours (4.8 km)||
|15||Telok Sibur||0.8 km||3 1/2 hours (5.3 km)||
|16||Telok Limau||5.75 km||7 hours (10 km)||
|17||Telok Kruin||1.5 km||7 1/4 hours (10.5 km)||
|18||Pa Amit (Lakei Island)||1.0 km||30 minutes (from Base)||
Telok Pandan Kecil & Telok Pandan Besar
|This is Sarawak's oldest national park, established in 1957 and is about 37km from Kuching City, accessible by road and seafaring craft.
Popularly known for its abundant varieties and contrast in natural sceneries, habitats, vegetations and also rare wildlife.
A guided tour of this park will enable you to appreciate a splendid range of flora and fauna, including vegetations such as the carnivorous pitcher plants, wild orchids etc. Wandering through its mangrove forest, it is easy to sight crowd of long-tailed macaques and silver leaf monkeys, monitor lizards,
squirrels, bearded wild boars, mouse deer and the rare long-nosed proboscis monkeys (can only be found in Borneo).
Undoubtedly, this park is a superb place for nature lovers and eco-minded tourist. The various secluded sandy bays also offer a fascinating spot as swimming ground. Otherwise, pamper yourself with the
stunning views at sundown.
For the adventurous, sample the experience of trekking through some of their jungle trails before return to the city.
|Take a stroll at sunset on Telok
Assam beach near the park Head Quarter, you will see hundreds of swifts hovering
around their nests at the rocks at the far end of the beach. Don't leave the
beach after the sun disappears behind Mount Santubong. Wait another 20
minutes as the sky's colors often change dramatically, providing a
colorful backdrop to the mountain.
|Type of Accommodation||Facilities||Rate per night|
|Forest Lodge, Type 5||2 rooms with three single beds each. -Non-air-conditioned. -Fan only. -Shared bathroom and toilet.||RM100 + per room or RM150 + per house.|
|Forest Lodge, Type 6||2 rooms with two single beds each. -Non-air-conditioned. -Fan only. -Attached bathroom and toilet.||RM50 + per room or RM75 + per house|
|Forest Hostel||4 rooms with four single beds each. -Non-air-conditioned. -Fan only. -Shared bathroom and toilet.||RM15 + per bed or RM40 + per room|
|Camp site||Public bathrooms and toilets.||RM5 per person|
|The beaches are bordered by
limestone and sandstone cliffs. Sea waves have left some remarkable
This Sarawak's oldest national park is known for extraordinary variety in its natural scenery, habitats, plant life and wildlife. Its most significant features include secluded coves and rugged rocky headlands with magnificent steep cliffs carved by weathering and erosion over millions of years. The sea spray, wave action and the wind have carved out magnificent sea arches and sea stacks at the base of the cliffs, some rearing above the waves like a mighty serpent's head. The attractive sandstone formations appear as pink and iron patterns on the cliff faces.
|A National Park since 1957,
Bako offers the perfect introduction to Sarawak's forests and wildlife. The
park covers the northern tip of the Muara Tebas peninsula, an area of 27 sq
km. Despite its seemingly small size, Bako contains a wide range of
vegetation - swamp forest, scrub-like padang vegetation, mangrove forest,
dipterocarp forest, delicate cliff vegetation and more. In fact, at Bako it
is possible to see almost every type of vegetation found in Borneo. Bako
also contains a rich variety of wildlife and a coastline covered with small
bays, coves and beaches.
The park has
a number of well-marked trails offering interesting walks ranging from short
pleasant strolls to serious full-day hikes. Unlike some national parks,
visitors to Bako are almost guaranteed to see wildlife. Long-tailed macaque
monkeys and silver leaf monkeys are ever present, wild boar are often found
rummaging around the park HQ, squirrels and monitor lizards are also common.
There is every chance of seeing the rare and unusual proboscis monkeys on
trails such as Telok Paku and Telok Delima, particularly if you go late
afternoon. You are more likely to see wildlife if you quietly follow the
trails and keep listening. For example, you'll probably hear the crash of
vegetation before you are able to locate a proboscis monkey high up in the
The Park HQ: Upon arrival visitors must register at the Park HQ. There is an information centre, canteen and shop at the Park HQ. The information centre shows films and slide shows on Bako's wildlife, and has full details of all the trails and what to look out for. The canteen serves a range of hot and cold drinks, snacks and light meals (fried rice, noodles etc.).
|The Village - Kampung Bako
Kg Bako is a few minutes walk from the bus drop off point.
At the makeshift wooden shacks that line the narrow lane leading to the jetty, freshly caught marine as well as brackish fish and prawns are offered for sale. Huge white prawns cost only RM15 a kg.
Next to the jetty is Bako Seafood Restaurant which serves chili crabs and butter prawns. Every evening, diners come from as far away as Kuching to sample its specialties.
|Accommodation: Bako is very popular, especially at weekends, so it is advisable to book accommodation well in advance. Prices shown exclude 5% government service tax. All rooms have fans. Accommodation consists of 'Type 5' Forest Lodges (2 rooms with 3 single beds each, shared bathroom) at RM 150 per house or RM 100 per room; Type 6' Forest Lodges (2 rooms with 2 single beds each, attached bathroom) at RM 75 per house or RM 50 per room, and Hostel Rooms (4 beds) at RM 40 per room or RM 15 per person. The Campsite is RM 5 per person.|
HOW TO GET
to Bako National Park
1) From Kuching by taxi to Kampung Bako. Then take a 30-minute boat ride to the Bako Park HQ at Teluk Assam. Taxi fare is RM 35 one-way
There are Petrajaya bus No.6 and regular minibuses to Kampung Bako fishing village. From there you have to charter a boat to the Park HQ from the booth at the jetty.
2) Or by minibus from Kuching to Kampung Bako (Rm3.00 37km about 1 hour) follow the 30-minute boat ride across Sg. Santubong river.
Then by boat from Kampung Bako to Bako National Park
At the boat jetty in Kampung Bako village , there is a visitor registration counter to pay Entrance fee RM10 per person.
The park-approved boats are there waiting for passenger. The one-way transport is RM40 per boat for 5 to 6 persons. If you do not want to wait for the boat to be full you can charter the whole boat for own self for RM40. The boat ride is an adventure in itself, with the skilled and experienced boatmen riding the surf at high speed, to the delight of most visitors.
No fixed departure time of the boats from the village to the park. The boats are operate by villagers who are ready at any time convenient to you.
Coming back :
If you have to wait at Kampung Bako for a bus, or for the tide to rise, there is a good seafood restaurant near the jetty that also serves snacks and drinks.
How to make accommodation at Bako National Park :
1) Make a call to Kuching office 082-248088 and give the following detail:
a) the date you want accommodation in Bako
b) the number of person require accommodation
c) what type of accommodation (for example Forest Hostel)
d) you full Name, Address and IC number (or passport for non Malaysian)
2) The friendly reservation officer (usually a lady) will ask you to wait for a minute while checjing the availablity of room then will give you the following reply :
a) Confirm that accommodation is available and give you a reservation number. (Keep the number)
b) Tell you the total amount payable. (You only pay when you arrive Kuching Park Office in Old court house at the end of Water Front. Give your reservation number and show you ID)
c) They will remind you to pay the Park Entrance fee of Rm 10.00 per person when you arrive at the park entrance. This Rm10.00 is not inclusive in the accommodation fee.
So congratulation, accommodation is reserved for you and now waiting for you to arrive Kuching.
The next thing to plan now is hoe to get to Bako PArk from your Hotel in Kuching to Bako.
Be careful of the monkeys - they are compulsive thieves.
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