Blogs from Bako National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia, Asia


Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Bako National Park May 17th 2019

Noc dopohody az na to, ze som nemal ziadnu prikrivku a bolo mi zima. Plachtu z batohu som bol lenivy vyberat. Mobil nahovno, bo konektor na nabijanie je na tom stale horsie a horsie. Furt musim hladat spravnu poziciu aby to nabijalo. Ranajky vybavene opat formou bufetu. Pri pokladni opat handrova hlava, ktovie ako sa citi ked musi pocas ramadanu predavat jedlo. Mozna ho aj na tajnasa je. Po ranajkach smer lintrang loop trial. No este kym som v nom pokracoval preskumal som trial c.1. Tu pekna makacka ale v pohode zvladnute. Stretavam par s guidom a jeden bez. Rano ako som bol kuknut na plazi, a relaxoval na jednej vzdialenej skale zacali po mori pridit lodky s daytrip turistami. Fakt kopa, uz som aj nadaval, ze na trialoch to bude plne. Nakonec sa to ale ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Bako National Park May 16th 2019

O tretej rano robila check out ukecena baba. Plan do np bako bol ist na 10.00 bus. Predtym vsak behnutie na ranajky pri ubytku na rohu k cinanom. Nudle ok, odtial smer reservoir park kde mala byt keska aj s tb. Kedze centrum mesta je male, v parku som za 10min. Tu dve jazera, pekne upraveny park so zelenou a par cinanov praktizujucich rychlochodzu. Jednemu do kroku pomahalo i radio. V parku fungovala aj cistiaca cata. Fukarom premiestnovali opadane listy na kopu, kde ich dalsi ludia zbierali. Nechybali ani metlovy zametaci. Narozdiel od kl, to tu robili cinania a nie indovia. Tych som tu vela nevidel, holt cinske uzemie. Su tu aj dve ihriska pre deti ale nic moc. Odpajam sa z hlavneho tahu a bocnym trosku zanedbanym chodnikom prichadzam k bunkrom z ww2. Prieskum 4miestnosti, ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Bako National Park May 16th 2018

Wednesday 16th May 2018 There were times today when I was on the very edge of my comfort zone and even John was struggling a bit. It wasn’t jungle trekking, it was jungle scrambling and climbing and we are now both exhausted. However, it was a “Highlight Day”! Having proudly survived it, we can now say it was one of the best experiences ever, because the scenery in the Bako National Park is sensational and furthermore, it is teeming with wildlife. The only way to get there is by boat and one can only get a permit to enter the park with a qualified guide. The whole area is an ecological education centre for scientists from across the globe, due to the rich diversity of distinct flora and fauna. In short, the Bako is pretty awesome! ... read more
"What's up?"
Bako Terminal on the river estuary
Setting off

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Bako National Park January 11th 2015

Divided into 3 countries, Borneo is something of a cult tourist hit. It's not so much the urban attractions, although there are obviously cities on this island, but rather the alternative that lures those tourists in. Welcome to the jungle. Borneo's jungle comes in 50 shades of green (there has to be a sequel book in there somewhere) that is clamorous and alive enough to evoke, perhaps falsely, a sense of immortality. We chose Kuching as our landing point partly because the city seemed exotic in its own right and partly because it is on the doorstep of forest that houses 2 tropical rainforest wildlife dignitaries. Borneo is Orangutang and Proboscis Monkey country and we had our eyes on a sitting with both. Turns out Kuching is a charming town with a languid riverside setting and ... read more
Bako NP
Bako NP

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Bako National Park February 3rd 2014

Another early start. Boat ride and landing on the beach to do some trekking in Bako National Park to hopefully see more monkeys including the proboscis monkey, which is indigenous to Borneo, and other wildlife. If the OUs were awesome yesterday this was doubly awesome and probably the best day of the trip so far, unbelievable! Trekking in the rain forest at 30+ degrees C was challenging but so rewarding, seeing so much wild life in the natural environment – wild pigs, a venomous viper snake, a flying lemur and some close encounters with proboscis, silver leaf and macaque monkeys, what a day. The quick dip in the South China Sea was a well needed break before heading back and a well earned Tiger beer! Our time in Borneo was coming to an end but with ... read more
Beach landing
Flying lemur

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Bako National Park September 20th 2013

Sarah and I had decided we wanted to go to Bako National Park together for some trek time. After visiting the orangutans yesterday, we were supposed to go and enquire about booking accommodation to stay there but the office was closed. So in the morning, we went with fingers crossed there was space for us. Joined by Jimmy from New Zealand, we managed to grab the last chalet with 3 beds. Lucky for us! We all had to get some last minute things before catching the local bus, including a towel, mozzie spray and the use of an ATM. Sarah and I lost Jimmy in the mall, so we thought rather than searching for him, we would meet him at the bus stop. Logical thought right? However, only having 5 minutes to go and catch the ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Bako National Park July 15th 2013

This morning we finally got on our way to Bako National Park (pronounced Back-oh). Elysia's eye wasn't really feeling any better, but sitting in the hotel room wouldn't help it so we decided to go to the park anyways. Our guide picked us up at the hotel at 8:30 and took us to the boat dock at the edge of Bako. Although the park is connected to the mainland of Borneo, it is only accessible by boat. So, we took a small runabout type boat for a 15-minute ride through the South China Sea to the dock at Bako. At the park, we were greeted by wildlife immediately. The first thing we saw were Silver Langurs, a type of monkey, playing and eating in the trees near the beach. One of them had a very little ... read more
On Our Way!
Little Village Where We Got On The Boat To Bako
En Route To Bako Via The South China Sea

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Bako National Park June 10th 2013

We were all looking forward to visiting Sarawak and we were certainly not disappointed. In only just under two weeks we recorded a number of 'firsts' including sightings of (semi-wild) orang-utans, proboscis monkeys, the huge Rafflesia and a host of other creatures from stick insects to millipedes with fluorescent tails! We trekked through some fantastic rainforest and coastal scrub forest, and explored an enormous cave system, all within the relatively small south-west corner of Sarawak. How we would have loved to have spent a few months exploring the rest of the State ! Our first impressions of Kuching city were that, for a capital city, it was pleasantly compact and unhurried, lacking the usual crowds, traffic and skyscrapers and shopping malls. The city meets quite abruptly with forest at its fringes and in fact at least ... read more
Bako National Park
Santubong Peninsula
Rafflesia at Gunung Gading

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Bako National Park April 6th 2013

When planning our time in Borneo, one of the places we said we must visit was Bako National Park, as we had heard the wildlife there was sublime, not to mention the various jungle-like trails throughout the park, and we were looking forward to a bit of an adventure again. Once we had booked our accomodation for the park in Kuching at the National Park and Wildlife office (you have to do this before you go if you want to stay there the night), we bought some snacks and got our stuff together in preparation for an early start the next day. Bako is Sarawak's oldest and premier national park, and contains a wide range of vegetation, almost every type found in Borneo. The bus ride from Kuching was easy and by 9am we were at ... read more
Boat ride to the park entrance
Pit viper!
Leaving Bako - what a great place

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Bako National Park February 5th 2013

I had the misfortune to visit Bako on a rainy day. As in, it rained all day. I left Kuching on the second bus and arrived an hour later. After buying a poncho to keep dry, three other people and I were herded into a boat. Of course, we somehow were assigned the boat with no cover. We were told to choose a return time, and hoping for better weather later in the day, we opted for 4pm. You can't change your boat time and you can't change your boating group. We weathered the icy speed boat ride with our heads down. Upon arrival at the dock, we made a beeline for the cafeteria to get tea and warm up. Finally, around noon, the rains seemed to be letting up, so we set out for one ... read more
Proboscis Monkey!
Awww...  a Bornean Bearded Pig
Someone's enjoying the rain (water)

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