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Bako National Park ~ Sarawak, Borneo

| Day Tours ...

It's been a while since the last visit and butterflies were beginning to flutter in my tummy. 7 years can be a long time in the tropics. lifecycles seem to be shorter and longer at the same time.

It was a 5.30 morning call, we had to get to Bako village for an early check in at the park. Having arrived in Kuching the day before, we had not been able to get to the Visitor's Information Centre in time to make bookings for a place to stay at the park. Had our quick toast, jam and coffee at Singgahsana Lodge (breakfast included) where we stayed the night before and carrying with us only our overnighters, rushed off to catch the 7.00am bus.

Travelling to Bako

There are a number of ways of getting to Bako. One is to take a tour Or by taxi (RM30 per way) or by mini van. We decided on the bus. This public bus, Petrajaya Transport Co leaves from Bus Stop no. 1 at Jln Market, opposite Elektra House for Bako Village (Kampung Bako) every hour from 7am till 6pm and costs a nominal fee of only RM2.50. Be prepared to wait though. It's not always on time.

The white mini vans take travellers into the outskirts of Kuching, charge at least double the price of public buses and waits to be filled before leaving. If need be, you can also catch one of these at the car park area opposite Electra House.

About 30 minutes later, we arrived at the bus stop at Kampung Bako. The Bako National Park office (more like a booth really) is by the jetty and manned by very helpful officers. Before entering the park, all visitors are to acquire permits which means just filling up a form and submitting to the officer there. Upon finding out that we hadn't booked a room at the park he promptly called the park to enquire on availability. The park is now a must see for anyone visiting Kuching and surroundings. Looking at the visitor chart, numbers have certainly jumped from several thousand in the early 90's to about several 10s of thousands in 2000s. Busy periods are especially on weekends. But on taking a closer look at the visitor chart, the peak seems to coincide with summer and winter holidays in Europe. However, the dormitories are difficult to book some days as tour agents bring in large tour groups. Unfortunate for us, we happened to visit on one of these booked out days.

Rooms at the Park

The officer at the jetty finally got a reply from the park and. there were no dorm bed left but there was a room available for RM105 per room per night. Ouch! Just to give you an idea of the type of accommodation at the park and pricing, have a look at the accommodation page.

Okay, not to scare anyone away from staying overnight. Bako National Park has so much to offer nature wise. The only grouse we had was the housing condition. We had no choice but to stay at a RM105 per night room, with shared bathroom facilities but we had expected a little more of the cleanliness and upkeep of the place ...

Boat ride to Bako

Having been to Bako 3 times in my life, one of the highlights is the boat ride. The first two trips, we were totally drenched. The winds were strong, the rain was pelting on us and there was absolutely no cover from the direct bombardment; the boats were open-tops. Lesson no 1. make sure you bring along waterproof luggage. The recent trip in September was of fine weather, the water was still, the winds down and no rain. I'm not sure if the weather has anything to do with boat schedules but when the tide is low, boats have some difficulty getting to the jetty at the park and visitors may have to wade out to sea to the moored boat or enter and leave the park at tide related times ie earlier than expected sometimes.

The officer stationed at the Kampung Bako jetty usually arranges the boats for visitors. The local boatmen are licensed with the park and standard rate is RM40 per person per way and these boats can seat 4 - 6 persons comfortably. The ride takes some 45min, hugging the coastline, passing kelongs and fishermen out on their sampans pulling in their nets left out the night before. Finally, we arrived at the Bako National Park jetty.

precious mangrove forests are depleting as fishing farms and resorts are fast claiming coastlines

Let the boatman know when to expect you for your return trip and don't forget to ask for his name, just in case you have a change of plans and may need to get in touch with him. Normally, these boatmen will wait for visitors at the canteen so if you do have to change your plans, meet him there or pass on your message to the ranger or any of the other boatmen sitting around and they will be able to help you locate your boatman.

From the jetty, it's a bit of a walk to the ranger station. At the ranger station, visitors are required to pay RM10 for the entrance fee. For any room bookings, either pay there or present the voucher for the prepaid room. If you're early and roomkeeping has not completed their cleaning yet, then visitors can leave their baggage in the baggage room at the ranger station - hang around at the canteen or go on the treks.

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Kuching & Surrounding Day Tours ~ Sarawak, Borneo

Half Day Tours (ex- Kuching)

Tours

Hrs

Daily
Departure

Min
adult

Include

Rate

AM

PM

Adult
(RM)

Child
(RM)

Kuching City Tour
~ tour description

3

9.00

2.00

2

Transport,
driver/ guide,
entrance fees

70

35

Semenggoh Orang Utan Wildlife Centre
~ tour description

3

8.15

2.00

2

85

43

Crocodile Farm & Mini Zoo Tour
~ tour description

4

9.00

2.00

2

90

45

Fairy & Wind Caves Tour
~ tour description

4

9.00

2.00

2

105

50

Sarawak Cultural Village + Cultural Show
~ tour description

4

8.30

2.00

2

120

60

Annah Rais Bidayuh Longhouse
~ tour description

4

8.00

1.30

2

110

55

Semenggoh Orang Utan & Crocodile Farm
~ tour description

4

8.15

2.00

2

130

65

Crocodile Farm & Annah Rais Longhouse
~ tour description

5

9.00

2.00

2

130

65

Semenggoh Orang Utan & Annah Rais Longhouse
~ tour description

5

8.15

2.00

2

135

68

Matang Wildlife Centre
~ tour description

4

9.00

2.00

2

100

50

Serikin Border Trading & Fairy Cave
~ tour description

5

8.00

1.00

2

145

73

Santubong Wildlife Cruise
~ tour description

4

-

4.30

2

300

150

Mangrove & Irrawaddy Dolphin Watch
~ tour description

4

8.30

-

2

Transport,
driver
/guide,
entrance fees

280

140

Full Day Tours (ex- Kuching)

Tours

Hrs

Daily
Departure

Min
adult

Include

Rate

AM

PM

Adult
(RM)

Child
(RM)

Kuching City (South & North) Tour
~ tour description

7

9.00

-

2

Transport,
driver /
guide,
entrance fees
& lunch

110

55

Kuching City & Sarawak
Cultural Village

~ tour description

7

9.00

-

2

160

80

Semenggoh Orang Utan, Annah Rais
Longhouse & Crocodile Farm

~ tour description

8

8.15

-

2

185

93

Annah Rais Bidayuh Longhouse
& Semenggoh Orang Utan

~ tour description

7

9.00

-

2

175

88

Semenggoh Orang Utan,
Crocodile Farm & Fairy Cave

~ tour description

8

8.15

-

2

205

105

Semenggoh Orang Utan,
Annah Rais Longhouse & Fairy Cave

~ tour description

8

8.15

-

2

205

105

Bako National Park –
Proboscis Monkey

~ tour description

7

8.30

-

2

200

100

Gading National Park –
Rafflesia Flower

~ tour description

6

9.00

-

2

200

100

Gading National Park &
Fairy Cave

~ tour description

7

8.30

-

2

225

115

Lemanak Iban Longhouse
~ tour description

12

7.00

-

2

335

170

Kubah National Park
~ tour description

7

8.30

-

2

240

120

Borneo Highland Day Trip
~ tour description

6

9.00

-

2

290

175

Sarawak Cultural Village
& Semenggoh Orang Utan

~ tour description

7

8.30

-

2

195

98

Tanjung Datu National Park
~ tour description

7

8.30

-

2

600

300

Satang Island Day Trip
~ tour description

7

8.30

-

2

340

170

Kuching Caving (On booking)
~ tour description

8

9.00

-

2

meal;
transport;
guide

from
199

-

Kayak in Kuching (On booking)
~ tour description

6

8.30

-

2

transport,
kayak, oars
and life jackets
mineral water

188

188

Borneo Highlands Kayaking and
Semengoh Orang Utan Rehabilitation
Centre Adventure Trip
(On booking)
~tour description

6

8.00

-

2

transport ,
kayak,
oars and
life jackets,
mineral water,
lunch

218

218

The Tringgus Trail
(4WD Adventure)
(On booking)
~ tour description

7

8.00

-

2

transport;
mineral water

260

260

The Bau Gold Mining
History Trail
(On booking)
~ tour description

7

8.00

-

2

transport;
lunch;
Water;
Souvenir photo

350

350

 

Please Note:

~ The seat-in-coach can only be conducted with the minimum number of person/adults required
~ Pick-up and drop-off service from hotels at Miri town centre
~ Services of an English Speaking Driver / Guide
~ Visa application to Brunei (if required) to be arranged on own expenses
~ Touring by air-conditioned car, van or coach (depending on the group size)
~ Rates are inclusive of entrance fees where applicable
~ Child age between 4-11 years old
~ Any unused services are non-refundable, non-exchangeable and non-deductible
~ 100% cancellation charge applies for NO SHOW OR CANCELLATION within 48-hrs
~ In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the local operator reserves the right to alter, amend or withdraw the package anytime with or without prior notice.

 Redemption Instructions :

~ 24 hours prior to travel date, please call our local tour representative (during working hours) to reconfirm your booking details. Pick up time is required 30 minutes prior to tour departure time.

Postponements of Trip:

* Please be advised that the trip will not be allowed to be postponed unless we are advised of any changes at least 3 working days before trip commencement date

**Please Note that there will be a non-refundable handling charge on payment made. Conditions apply.

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Accommodation and Packages to Kuching, Damai Beach, Bako National Park and Batang Ai National Park

Accommodation:

Kuching

5 star & 4 star | Four Points by Sheraton | Grand Continental Hotel | Grand Margherita Kuching | Hilton Kuching | Merdeka Palace Hotel & Suite | Riverside Majestic | Pullman Kuching | 360 Hotel |

3 star & 2 star | Abell Hotel | Batik Boutique Hotel | Borneo Hotel | Dormani Hotel | De Palma Waterfront Hotel | Harbour View Hotel | Kingwood Inn | Kuching Park Hotel | The LimeTree Hotel | Regal Court Hotel | Regency Rajah Court Hotel | Telang Usan Hotel | Penrissen Inn |

Budget Hotels | Mandarin Lodging Lodge | Kuok Pin Hotel | Fata Hotel | Laila Inn |

Guesthouses | Basaga Holiday Residences | B & B Inn | Borneo Bed & Breakfast | Pinnacles Kuching | Singgahsana Lodge | The Fairview | The Kuching Waterfront Lodge |

Serviced Apartments | Grand Apartment Services | Ariva Gateway | Natol Motel Green Height |

Outskirts of Kuching

Homestays | Kura Kura Jungle Homestay |

Damai Beach, Santubong

| Damai Beach Resort | Damai Puri Resort & Spa | Permai Rainforest Resort | One Hotel Santubong | Nanga Damai Homestay |

Bako National Park

| Park Accommodation |

Batang Ai National Park

| Batang Ai Hilton | Nanga Sumpa Iban Tribal Longhouse Stay |

Trips and Packages:

Day Adventure Trips

| Caving in Kuching | Kayakking in Kuching | River Cruise with Irrawaddy Dolphins | Borneo Highlands Kayaking and Semengoh Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre Adventure Trip Borneo Highlands Kayaking,Semengoh Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre & Annah Rais Longhouse Adventure Trip | The Kuching Tringgus Trail (4WD Adventure) | The Bau Gold Mining History Trail |

Kuching, Semengoh Orangutan Centre and Surroundings

| 3 Days 2 Nights Kuching Holiday Package | 4 Days 3 Nights Kuching Holiday Package | 3 Days 2 Nights Jungle Homestay Package |

Kuching and Outskirts

| 3 Days 2 Nights Jungle Homestay Package | 3 Days 2 Nights Kuching Holiday Package | 3 Days 2 Nights Kuching Free & Easy Package | 3 Days 2 Nights Kuching, Longhouse & Hot Spring Package | 4 Days 3 Nights Kuching Holiday Package | 4 Days 3 Nights Kuching & Damai Beach Holiday Package | 3 Days 2 Nights Kuching City & Bako National Park Package | 4 Days 3 Nights Kuching & Batang Ai Longhouse Safari Package | 5 Days 4 Nights Kuching, Batang Ai and Bako National Park Holiday Package | 5 Days 4 Nights Kuching City & Iban Longhouse Back to Nature Package | 5 Days 4 Nights Kuching & Damai Beach Holiday Package | 5 Days 4 Nights Kuching City & Senah Rayang Village Longhouse Padawan Package | 7 Days 6 Nights Kota Kinabalu & Kuching Trip |

Volunteer Programmes

| 12 Days Work with Orangutans & Borneo Tribal Living Experiences |

Other Parts of Sarawak

Miri Town | Half Day Miri Town Tour |

Niah National Park | Niah National Park & Caves Day Trip |

Lambir Hills National Park | Lambir Hills National Park & Iban Longhouse Tour | Lambir Hills National Park Day Trip |

Mulu National Park | Royal Mulu Resort | 2 Days 1 Night Mulu Caves Package | 3 Days 2 Nights Mulu Caves Package | 3 Days 2 Nights Miri + Mulu Caves Package | 4 Days 3 Nights Package Mulu and Pinnacles Climbing Package | 4 Days 3 3Nights Miri City + Niah Caves + Mulu National Park Package | 4 Days 3 Nights Mulu Caves + Headhunter's Trail | 5 Days 4 Nights Mulu Pinnacles & Headhunters' Trail |

Combination Trips

| 7 Days 6 Nights Kota Kinabalu & Kuching Trip |

 

Malaysia Rainforests, Sanctuaries and Parks

Peninsula Malaysia - Rainforests, Sanctuaries and Parks

Perak

| Bota Kanan River Terrapin Wildlife Conservation Centre | Royal Belum State Park | Sungkai Sambar Deer and Pheasant Wildlife Reserve | Temenggor Forest Reserve |

Johor

| Endau-Rompin National Park |

Pahang

| Taman Negara - Kuala Tahan | Jenderak Seladang Sanctuary | Kenong Rimba Reserve | Kuala Gandah Elephant Centre | Taman Negara - Merapoh | Tasik Chini Trek |

Selangor

| Kuala Selangor Fireflies | Kuala Selangor Nature Park | Sungai Dusun Rhino Sanctuary |

Kedah

| Langkawi Mangrove Swamps | The Datai, Langkawi | Ulu Muda Reserve |

Negri Sembilan

| Ulu Bendol Reserve | Berembun Forest Reserve | Gua Batu Maloi Forest Reserve |

Sabah and Sarawak - Borneo Rainforest, Sanctuaries and Parks

Sarawak

| Semengoh Wildlife/Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre | Bako National Park | Niah National Park | Kayakking in Kuching | Kayakking with Dolphins | Borneo Highlands Kayaking and Semengoh Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre Adventure Trip | Mulu National Park | Tenyok Rimba |

Sabah

| Tabin Wildlife Reserve | Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre | Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary & Sukau | Gomantong Cave |

 

Short Adventure & Nature Trips

Peninsular Malaysia

Water Activities

Perak

| White Water Rafting at Gopeng and Caving at Gua Tempurung |

Selangor

| White Water Rafting at Sungai Selangor | Abseiling and Tubing at Sungai Selangor |

Camping Trips

Pahang

| Taman Negara Inner Jungle Trip (Trekking) | Kenong Rimba Camping |

Johor

| Endau National Park Camping |

Perak

| Trans Gopeng - Cameron Highlands Camping & Trekking | Ulu Geroh Rafflesia Trek & Rafting Trip |

Trekking Trips

Kedah

| Jungle Trekking in Langkawi's Treasured Rainforest | Trekking For Families with Kids in Langkawi |

Nature & Countryside Trips

Selangor

| Kuala Selangor Fireflies | Kuala Gandah Elephant Centre |

Birdwatching Trips

Kedah

| Birdwatching in Langkawi |

Nature Photography Trips

Kedah

| Escorted Nature & Wildlife Photography Trip in Langkawi |

River Kayakking Courses

Selangor

| River Kayakking Basic Course at Sungai Selangor |

Combination Trips

Nature/ Highland/ Island

| 7 Days 6 Nights Malaysia Nature & Island Trip | 9 Days 8 Nights Malaysia Highland, Nature & Island Trip |

Borneo ~ Sabah & Sarawak

Water Activities

Sabah

| White Water Rafting Day Trips |

Sarawak

| Kayakking in Kuching | River Cruise with Dolphins | Borneo Highlands Kayaking and Semengoh Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre Adventure Trip | Kuching Caving Adventure | The Kuching Tringgus Trail (Landrover Adventure) | The Bau Gold Mining History Trail |

Mountain Climbing

Sabah

| Mount Kinabalu Climb |

Sarawak

| Mulu Pinnacles Climb | Mount Trusmadi Climb |

Birdwatching Trips

Sabah

| Birding in Sabah,Borneo |

Nature & Countryside Trips

Sabah

| Garama Wetland Cruise |