'''Bako National Park''' [http://www.
forestry. sarawak.gov.my/ forweb/np /np/bako. htm] on the island of [[Borneo]], is in [[Sarawak]], a state in [[East Malaysia|East]] [[Malaysia]], and is home to the bizarre, obscene-nosed proboscis monkey. It is well worth a visit if you are in the area.
The journey to Bako has two stages; the first stage can be made overland but the park itself is reached only by boat.
A bus ride from [[Kuching]] to Bako Market takes about 45-60 minutes and costs
2 RM each way. Buses leave to/from Bako about once every hour starting from about 7AM from Kuching and finishing about 6PM from Bako, but the schedule is not firm. You can get a daily schedule at the bus station 1 in Kuching (near the mosque) in the morning.
The other travel option is by minivan, which departs from the same location as the bus throughout the day. Minivans depart when full, or when the waiting passengers offer the driver enough money. A minivan can be chartered for around RM30, and seats 5-7 people.They can reach Bako in half the time of the public bus.
Hotels and tour operators also offer regular shuttle buses; as a pricier but more reliable alternative.
==Boat==When you arrive at the Bako Market purchase your entrance ticket
(10 MYR for adults for one entry). Then, board the boat to the park headquarters down the river estuary ( ~30 minute ride, 47 MYR per boat each way, max. 5 passengers per boat). The ride on the small motor launches is all part of the Bako experience as you pass through stunning scenery, but it isn't for the faint hearted. Depending on tides, you may either be deposited at a small jetty near park headquarters or on the beach opposite them (take your shoes off and prepare to wade)
Tell your boatman when you plan to return and he'll wait for you at the dock. Note that the boatmen are a small, close-knit community and so other boatmen are likely to refuse to take your group if you are waiting for a previously agreed pickup, even if he is late.
Departure times might depend on the tides (boats do get stuck at low tide), and the weather, as the small speedboats are ill-suited to stormy conditions.
-entry: 10 MYRChild/Senior single -entry: 5 MYR Rates for lodging vary considerably depending on level of luxury. Check in advance at the National Park information center in Kuching for availability.
The interior of the park can only be traversed on foot. Staying on or close to the marked trails is strongly advised. Boardwalks and ladders are installed to help with some of the more difficult stretches.
Small boats similar to those that take you to and from the park wait on the beaches at busy times of day and can be chartered to take you to other beachside destinations. A boat
pickup can also be arranged to help ease the return journey from some of the park's longer trails that finish on beaches. Pulau Lakei, some distance offshore, can only be reached by boat
You can also see the seastacks and a lots more.
Nighttime sightseeing hikes are sometimes led by park staff, and are also easier and more comfortable than ones done on a safari.
* <see name="Pulau Lakei" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">This small island has a superb white sand beach. The National Parks Department has a small guard house located on the island. Trips to the island can be arranged with your boatman. There are some mysterious rock paintings just a short walk from the beach</see>
Walks radiate from the centre offering a variety of difficulties in the heat and humidity and provide access to the habitats of the wide range of animal, bird and plant life in the park. The hikes are over some pretty rugged terrain for the most part, with lots of exposed tree roots and vegetation sometimes blocking trails that are less frequented.
* <do name="Paku trail" alt="" address="" directions="" phone=""
email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">has the distinct advantage of being both relatively short and flat and offering one of the best opportunities to see the park's wildlife. It finishes at an attractive beach; one of the colonies of proboscis monkeys lives on the headland above</do>
* <do name="Tajor trail" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">takes the visitor through varied terrain, including hilltops with extensive views, before finishing at a small but attractive waterfall, with calm pools that are safe for swimming in</do>
* <do name="Limau trail" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Continuing onwards from the Tajor train, the park's longest and most arduous trek ends on a beach, though by the time you've scrambled down to it it may be too late to enjoy; it's possible to arrange to be picked up by boat from the beach to save your weary legs further punishment</do>* <do name="Lintang trail" alt="" address="" directions="" phone=""
email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">A circular loop taking the trekker through all the park's types of vegetation in half a day</do>
With a little negotiation, a boatman will take you to nearby Pulau Lakai, a small island just off the mainland. The views on the way here are spectacular and it's special to have an island to yourself for a day.
There is a local cafeteria that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner for about
MYR$5.00-7. 00. There are no cooking facilities within the lodges.
Visitors to the park should ensure they carry large quantities of water with them; trekking in subtropical rainforest is thirsty work. If you're looking for '''nightlife''' you should probably arrange to be somewhere else in the eveningsThe cafeteria has a variety of drinks including beer and soda.
There is a designated campsite behind the park headquarters; bring your own equipment. RM5 per person
* <sleep name="Hostel" alt="" address="" directions="park headquarters" phone="+60 (0)82 248088" email="" fax="" url="http://www.sarawakforestry.com/htm/snp-np-bako.
asp" checkin="" checkout="" price="RM15. 75 per bed; RM 42 per room">4 bed dorms with shared bathroom</sleep>* <sleep name="Lodge" alt="" address="" directions="park headquarters" phone="+60 (0)82 248088 " email="" fax="" url="http://www.sarawakforestry.com/htm/snp-np-bako. asp" checkin="" checkout="" price=" RM52. 50 per room; RM 78. 75 per lodge">Each room contains 2 single beds; each lodge contains 2 rooms</sleep>* <sleep name="Chalet" alt="" address="" directions="park headquarters" phone="+60 (0)82 248088" email="" fax="" url="http://www.sarawakforestry.com/htm/snp-np-bako. asp" checkin="" checkout="" price=" RM105 per room; RM157. 50 per chalet">Each room contains 3 single beds; each chalet contains 2 rooms</sleep>
Visitors are advised to stick to the marked trails, and visitors attempting the longer trails are required to register their arrival and itinerary at park headquarters. Read the estimated times the park suggests you allow for each trail and ensure that you allow enough time to return to park headquarters - or else arrange a meeting time at a selected beach with the boatman.
Virtually all of the trails are unsuitable for people suffering from limited mobility.
'''Saltwater crocodiles''' (''Crocodylus porosus'') may be found near river mouths and in mangrove swamps.
*[[Kuching]] is the nearest town of interest.
*[[Kubah National Park]] offers more hillside trekking options