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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.


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Lodging Near Bako National Park

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Cove 55

Cove 55

Lot 55, Block 3, Salak Land District, Kuching
4.8
of 5, from 4 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Kuching, this resort is within 12 mi (20 km) of Sarawak State Library, Cat Museum, and Masjid Jamek. Sarawak Timber Museum and Sarawak Stadium are also within 12 mi (20 km).

$51
Damai Beach Resort

Damai Beach Resort

Teluk Bandung, Kuching
3.7
of 5, from 80 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Kuching hotel is within 20 mi (32 km) of Sarawak State Library, Cat Museum, and Masjid Jamek. Sarawak Timber Museum and Sarawak Stadium are also within 20 mi (32 km).

$66
The Village House

The Village House

Pantai Puteri Santubong Village, Kuching
4.4
of 5, from 14 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is within 16 mi (25 km) of Sarawak State Library, Cat Museum, and Masjid Jamek. Sarawak Timber Museum and Sarawak Stadium are also within 16 mi (25 km).

$68
Permai Rainforest Resort

Permai Rainforest Resort

Jalan Sultan Tengah, Kuching
3.5
of 5, from 15 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the sea, this tree house is within 20 mi (32 km) of Sarawak State Library, Cat Museum, and Masjid Jamek. Sarawak Timber Museum and Sarawak Stadium are also within 20 mi (32 km).

The Culvert

The Culvert

Lot 285, Off Jalan Sultan Tengah, Kuching
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Kuching, this hotel is within 16 mi (25 km) of Sarawak Timber Museum, Sarawak State Library, and Cat Museum. Sarawak Stadium and Masjid Jamek are also within 20 mi (32 km).

$40
Damai Puri Resort & Spa

Damai Puri Resort & Spa

Teluk Penyuk Santubong, Kuching
2.4
of 5, from 16 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Kuching hotel is within 20 mi (32 km) of Masjid Jamek, Cat Museum, and Sarawak Stadium. Sarawak State Library and Sarawak Timber Museum are also within 20 mi (32 km).

$56
UCSI Hotel Kuching

UCSI Hotel Kuching

Lot 2864 Block 7, Kuching
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Kuching, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Sarawak Convention and Exhibition Centre and within 6 mi (10 km) of South City Park and Sarawak Stadium. Spring Shopping Mall and The Spring are also within 9 mi (15 km).

$19
Penview Hotel

Penview Hotel

Lot 3411, Block D, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuching
3.2
of 5, from 6 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of South City Park, Sarawak Convention and Exhibition Centre, and The Spring. Spring Shopping Mall and Tun Jugah Shopping Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).