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Bako National Park

Beautiful Bako National Park

Bako National Park

The highlight of my too short stay in Borneo was a visit to Bako National Park. I had experienced a bit of jungle adventure at the Semenggoh Wildlife Center and then Gunung Gading National Park, but Bako was the place to go if you are staying in Kuching in the Malaysian state of Sarawak.

The park is located on the Muara Tebas peninsula at the mouth of the Bako and Kuching Rivers.  There is no road access to the park. You have to take a bus from Kuching and then a boat to the park entrance along the coast. More on how to get there in a future post.

Bako National Park

I knew this park was going to be something special when I saw these cliffs

Bako is the real deal with beautiful cliffs along the coast as you approach the park with thick impenetrable jungles as far as the eye can see. As soon as I arrived I was greeted with fish eagles, bearded pigs, and proboscis monkeys. Except for the other people in the park and no Wilson, I felt like I was on the set of the movie Castaway as the scenery was similar to the movie with both marine and jungle environments.

Bako National Park

Bako through an eye hole

Enjoy these photos and be sure to put Sarawak and Borneo on your next Southeast Asian itinerary. I was a guest of Planet Borneo during my stay in Kuching. I made the trip to Bako on my own, but I highly recommend staying and booking tours through them. Although I was a guest of Planet Borneo, the thoughts, pictures, and love of this jungle park are purely my own.

Bearded pig Bako

Bearded pigs are one of the Ambassadors of the park welcoming visitors at the visitor’s center

Proboscis monkeys Bako

Proboscis monkeys are the other greeters

Bako National Park

Tidal river and dead tree forest

Bako National Park

Spider lilies at Bako National park

Bako National Park

Incredible root network on a Bako hiking trail
Bako National Park

Bako National Park cliff face

Bako National Park

Bako plant along a hiking trail

Bako National Park

Boardwalk trail leading into the Bako jungle

Bako National Park

Bako National Park view

Bako National Park

The beach leads right up to the jungle in Bako National Park

Bako National Park

Bako National Park overlook

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