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Bako National Park

Forests, mangroves and beaches teeming with bearded pigs, otters, proboscis monkeys and macaques await at this park, less than an hour’s drive from Kuching.

Immerse yourself in a wilderness that would be perfectly tranquil were it not for the chatter and calls of the abundant wildlife. Waterfalls, beaches, peat swamp forest, thick jungle and coastal mangrove habitats lend character to this park where almost every species of Borneo’s flora can be found. The diverse habitats offer the chance to see primates, mouse deer, long-nosed tarsier, bearded pigs, civets, otters, crabs, sea anemones and starfish.

From Sarawak’s capital city, Kuching, it takes about 40 minutes by bus to reach the Bako National Park office, where you need get a park permit, and pay a small entry fee. Head to the jetty to take a boat ride through scenic waters to the park itself. Early morning and evening are the best times to see Bako’s astounding array of creatures. For a more immersive overnight experience, book a rustic dorm bed or campsite, or a room with full amenities.  

Make sure to take your camera on your Bako adventure; the animals here are quite used to humans. In fact, you’ll need to secure your tent and dorm room against the macaques as they will quite happily rummage through your things for food!

When you head out on the trails, keep an ear out for the crashing and hooting of the rare proboscis monkeys, which exist only in Borneo. Only about 300 of these large-nosed creatures live in Bako National Park, so ask the park ranger which trails they have most recently been spotted on to make sure you have an encounter with these strange looking monkeys. Trails range from short, easy walks to overnight hikes, so there’s something for every fitness level.

Popular Activities at Bako National Park

Would you like to make your time spent at Bako National Park even more memorable? Don't forget to try some of these things to do:

When preparing for your day out, you may want to consider buying a Bako National Park Full-Day Tour and a Private Bako National Park with Lunch.

If you're chasing more options, have a look at our Kuching things to do page.


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Cove 55

Cove 55

Lot 55, Jalan Sultan Tengah, Kuching
     
    4.9
    of 5, from 8 reviews
    5.0 out of 5.0

    Situated in Kuching, this luxury guesthouse is 4.9 mi (7.9 km) from Damai Beach and within 12 miles (20 km) of Sarawak Timber Museum and Sarawak State Library. Cat Museum and Sarawak Stadium are also within 12 miles (20 km).

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    Teluk Bandung, Kuching
       
      3.8
      of 5, from 358 reviews
      3.5 out of 5.0

      This Kuching hotel is on the beach, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Damai Beach, and within 20 mi (32 km) of Sarawak Timber Museum and Sarawak State Library. Cat Museum and Sarawak Stadium are also within 20 miles (32 km).

      The Culvert Rs3,580
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      The Culvert

      Lot 285, Off Jalan Sultan Tengah, Kuching
         
        4.7
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        Situated in Kuching, this spa hotel is within 20 miles (32 km) of Cat Museum, Fort Margherita and St. Joseph's Cathedral. Plaza Merdeka and Bako National Park are also within 32 miles (52 km).

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          4.2
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          Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is 3.3 mi (5.4 km) from Damai Beach and within 16 miles (25 km) of Sarawak Timber Museum and Sarawak State Library. Cat Museum and Sarawak Stadium are also within 16 miles (25 km).

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          Jalan Sultan Tengah, Kuching
             
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            Teluk Penyuk Santubong, Kuching
               
              2.8
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              4.5 out of 5.0

              This Kuching hotel is on the beach, 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Damai Beach, and within 20 mi (32 km) of Sarawak Timber Museum and Sarawak State Library. Cat Museum and Sarawak Stadium are also within 20 miles (32 km).

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                Situated in the suburbs, this holiday home is within 9 miles (15 km) of Sarawak Timber Museum, Sarawak State Library and Cat Museum. Sarawak Stadium and Masjid Jamek are also within 9 miles (15 km).

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                UCSI Hotel Kuching

                Lot 2864 Block 7, Kuching
                   
                  4.0
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