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Bako National Park

Travel Guide Asia Malaysia Malaysian Borneo Sarawak Bako National Park

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Introduction

Bako National Park, established in 1957, is the oldest national park in Sarawak, on the island of Borneo. It covers an area of about 27 square kilometres at the tip of the Muara Tebas peninsula at the mouth of the Bako and Kuching Rivers.

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Sights and Activities

Bako is one of the smallest national parks in Sarawak. However, it features multiple biomes (including rainforest), abundant wildlife, jungle streams and waterfalls, secluded beaches, and trekking trails. A network of 16 marked walking trails of different lengths allows visitors access. In addition, various beaches are accessible by boat from Kampung Bako or Teluk Assam, as well as a geologically interesting sea stack rock formation.

Bako is home to approximately 150 endangered proboscis monkeys, which are endemic to Borneo, and has been called "the best place to see proboscis monkeys in Sarawak". Other animals include the long-tailed macaque, silvered langur, plantain squirrel, Bornean bearded pig, monitor lizards, and otters. All of these are present in the forest as well as near camp headquarters on Telok Assam beach.

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Getting There

It is approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) by road from Kuching, from where it is often visited as a daytrip. The park can only be reached by a 20-minute boat ride from the village of Kampung Bako.

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