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Bako National Park

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[[Image:Sg-proboscismonkey-jpatokal.jpg|thumb|Proboscis monkey]]
'''Bako National Park''' [http://www.forestrysarawakforestry.sarawak.gov.mycom/forwebhtm/snp-np/np/-bako.htmhtml] 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.
==Understand==
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 (red public bus number 1, originating from the wet market) and costs RM3 .50 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 Schedule as of June 2013: Kuching->Bako every full hour 7:00, 8:00 ... 17:10, Bako->Kuching at the bus station 1 in Kuching (next to the open markethalf past every hour 6:30, near the main mosque) in the morning7:30 ... 17:30.
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. Note that the minivan driver may try to mislead you, claiming that the last bus to Kuching will not show up. In such a case, politely ask him to wait until 17:30 and see.
Hotels and tour operators also offer regular shuttle buses; as a pricier but more reliable alternative.
if you count the full morning (8 to 12) to get to the park, and complete afternoon to return to Kuching, you will probably be not far from the truth.
===Boat===
When you arrive at the Bako Market right in front of the jetty/visitor center, register, purchase your entrance ticket (RM10 for adults for one entry). Then, board the and buy your boat to the park headquarters down the river estuary ticket (30 minute ride, RM47 RM94 round trip per boat each way, max. 5 passengers per boat). The 20 minute 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 on the northern end of the headquarter's beach 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, if you re not lucky, the boats won t operate because of the rough sea.
==Fees/Permits==
As of July 2008:June 2012, a new two-tier pricing system is in place. Foreigners have to pay doubled entrance fees, compared to Malaysian nationals.
Foreign '''Adult ''' (single-entry): 10 MYRRM20<br />Foreign '''Child/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.RM7
==Get around==
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 pick-up can also be arranged to help ease the return journey from some of the park's longer trails that finish on beaches. The following prices are for a one way trip from Bako NP HQ, per boat: Teluk Paku RM18, Teluk Pandan Kecil RM35, Tanjong Rhu RM47, Teluk Tajor(waterfall) RM105, Pulau Lakei RM164, Teluk Keruin RM250. And you'll need to double the price for a return trip.  Pulau Lakei, some distance offshore, can only be reached by boat.
==See==
You can also see the seastacks and a lots more.
Nighttime Night time 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>
 * <see name="Bearded Pigs" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Another highlight here is the very unique Bearded Pig which can be seen walking around the park grounds, beaches and sometimes around your chalet area. Most of them are very friendly but it is not recommended to approach them or touch them.</see>[[Image:Bako_pinnacles.jpg|thumb|250|The seastacksSeastacks]]
==Do==
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="" emailurl="" hours="" price="" faxlat="" urllong="" hoursemail="" pricefax="">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; ask the boatmen at the jetty if they could pick you up at Limau beach because sometimes the sea is too rough for them to reach Limau; please inform the park staff about your intention to do the Limau/Kruin trail as there have been cases where trekkers get lost or couldn't continue due to exhaustion</do>* <do name="Lintang trail" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" emailurl="" hours="" price="" faxlat="" urllong="" hoursemail="" pricefax="">A circular loop taking the trekker through all the park's types of vegetation in half a day. Nice sightseeing.</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.
==Buy==
==Eat==
There is a local cafeteria that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner for about MYR$5.00RM5 -7as well as cold can drinks for RM2.50, and 1.5l water bottles for RM3.0050.  There are no cooking facilities within the lodges.
==Drink==
===Budget===
* <sleep name="Hostel" alt="" address="" directions="park headquarters" phone="+60 (0)82 248088" email="" fax="" url="http://www.sarawakforestry.com/htm/snp-np-bako.html" checkin="" checkout="" price="RM15.75 90 per bed; RM 42 .40 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.html" checkin="" checkout="" price="RM52RM53.50 00 per room; RM 7879.75 50 per lodge" lat="" long="2 nights" email="" fax="">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.html" checkin="" checkout="" price="RM105 RM106 per room; RM157RM159.50 00 per chalet">Each room contains 3 single beds; each chalet contains 2 rooms</sleep>
==Stay safe==
'''Saltwater crocodiles''' (''Crocodylus porosus'') may be found near river mouths and in mangrove swamps.
 
Beware of jellyfishes, cuttlefishes and stingrays when you go swimming in the sea.
==Get out==
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