Bako National Park
Be one with nature at a national park that caters to seasoned adventurers and amateurs alike.
Explore Sarawak’s oldest national park and marvel at the flora and fauna that can be found there. An be prepared to create magical memories not easily found anywhere else.
Bako National Park is located about 37 kilometres from the Kuching city centre and about 30 kilometres away from the Kuching International Airport.
Opening Days and Hours
The National Park Booking Office is open Mondays to Fridays from 08:00 to 17:00. Visitors are required to register and pay the entrance fee at the office upon arrival.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Admission fees are RM 20 (USD 4.86) for adults and RM 7 (USD 1.70) for children and senior citizens. Locals pay half the amount. Boat rides will cost an additional RM 20 (USD 4.86) ringgit per person per way.
How to Get There
Getting to the national park can be done in two steps. First, you will have to take either a private taxi or public bus to Bako Village. Taxis are recommended as it is faster (about 30 minutes on average) compared to buses, which could take up to an hour. Next us a 30-minute boat ride into the national park.
The national park is suitable for those who love adventure and photography. It is a great place for young couples, solo travelers, and backpackers. Exploring the park requires a decent level of fitness as it demands a fair bit of hiking.
Time to Spend
You will need at least a full day to cover the core trails. Best to extend to the next day to experience the night trail hike in order to cover ground.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
The best time to explore Bako is early in the morning. This will allow you to have your choice of trail options that might no be available due to the time it takes to get back safely.
Most activities will involve hiking. You can also visit and swim at the beach.
A canteen is available at the Park office, with prices falling between budget and mid-range.
Safety and Fraud
Always ensure that your belongings are secured especially for overnight stays, as monkeys are known to steal or rummage through them. Check with the national park headquarters for any information on the trails you want to ensure that your allotted time for hikes are suitable.
The park itself offers accommodations, but requires advanced booking as tour agencies tend to book out most of them. These accommodations are not air-conditioned, and range from budget dorms to slightly higher-priced private chalets.
Good to Know
Always keep a bottle of water with you to stay hydrated throughout your hikes. Keep to the marked trails, enlist the help of a guide, and keep safe distance from the wildlife.