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Bako National Park
Holiday Travel Guide

Forests, mangroves and beaches teeming with bearded pigs, otters, proboscis monkeys and macaques await at this park, less than an hour’s drive from Kuching.

Immerse yourself in a wilderness that would be perfectly tranquil were it not for the chatter and calls of the abundant wildlife. Waterfalls, beaches, peat swamp forest, thick jungle and coastal mangrove habitats lend character to this park where almost every species of Borneo’s flora can be found. The diverse habitats offer the chance to see primates, mouse deer, long-nosed tarsier, bearded pigs, civets, otters, crabs, sea anemones and starfish.

From Sarawak’s capital city, Kuching, it takes about 40 minutes by bus to reach the Bako National Park office, where you need get a park permit, and pay a small entry fee. Head to the jetty to take a boat ride through scenic waters to the park itself. Early morning and evening are the best times to see Bako’s astounding array of creatures. For a more immersive overnight experience, book a rustic dorm bed or campsite, or a room with full amenities.

Make sure to take your camera on your Bako adventure; the animals here are quite used to humans. In fact, you’ll need to secure your tent and dorm room against the macaques as they will quite happily rummage through your things for food!

When you head out on the trails, keep an ear out for the crashing and hooting of the rare proboscis monkeys, which exist only in Borneo. Only about 300 of these large-nosed creatures live in Bako National Park, so ask the park ranger which trails they have most recently been spotted on to make sure you have an encounter with these strange looking monkeys. Trails range from short, easy walks to overnight hikes, so there’s something for every fitness level.

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Top 10 Hotels Near Bako National Park

Damai Beach Resort
Damai Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5
Teluk Bandung, Santubong, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is SG$93 per night from 15 Mar to 16 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Nestled on the beach, this Kuching resort is just steps away from Teluk Bandung and Damai Beach. Teluk Penyuk and Mount Santubong are also within 3 miles (5 ...

3.8/5Good! (434 reviews)

"Room was okay. Neat and comfortable. Air-conditioning was cold and alright. A bit sandy inside the rooms and on the bed sheets but understandable as this is a beach resort. Checking in was quick and efficient. Checking out a bit messy because there's nobody to check who was queing up first at the ..."…"

Reviewed on 22 Aug,2020

Damai Beach Resort
Cove 55
Cove 55
5 out of 5
Lot 55, Jalan Sultan Tengah, (Santubong/Damai Road), Santubong, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is SG$172 per night from 8 Mar to 9 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Situated in Kuching, this luxury guesthouse is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Teluk Nipah and within 6 miles (10 km) of Damai Beach and Mount Santubong. Teluk Bandung ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (29 reviews)
Sanctuary away from town

"Great place, great staff, everyone very friendly and helpful. They packed breakfast and lunches for us when we couldn't make the times or were out and generally helped. However, it is a distance from the town so guided tours often charge extra for the 30min to pick you up. On the other hand, its ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar,2020

Cove 55
The Culvert
The Culvert
3 out of 5
Lot 285, Off Jalan Sultan Tengah, Block 2 Salak Land District, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is SG$82 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Situated by the sea, this spa hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Mount Santubong and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Damai Beach. Teluk Bandung and Teluk Penyuk are also within ...

4.2/5Excellent! (38 reviews)

"This hotel was just something very different and we loved it! We've told all our friends about it since we got back! There's not much space in the room admittedly, which completely suited us, but for some people this may be a struggle, particularly if you have lots of luggage or children. If you're ..."…"

Reviewed on 3 Jan,2020

The Culvert
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Top Bako National Park Hotel Deals

Damai Beach Resort
Damai Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5
Teluk Bandung, Santubong, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is SG$93 per night from 15 Mar to 16 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees
Damai Beach Resort
Cove 55
Cove 55
5 out of 5
Lot 55, Jalan Sultan Tengah, (Santubong/Damai Road), Santubong, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is SG$172 per night from 8 Mar to 9 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees
Cove 55
The Culvert
The Culvert
3 out of 5
Lot 285, Off Jalan Sultan Tengah, Block 2 Salak Land District, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is SG$82 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees
The Culvert
Permai Rainforest Resort
Permai Rainforest Resort
3 out of 5
Jalan Sultan Tengah, Pantai Damai Santubong, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is SG$132 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees
Permai Rainforest Resort
The Village House
The Village House
3.5 out of 5
Pantai Puteri Santubong Village, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is SG$88 per night from 8 Mar to 9 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees
The Village House
Santubong Suite Just Like Home
Santubong Suite Just Like Home
3 out of 5
Jalan Sultan Tengah, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is SG$125 per night from 5 Apr to 6 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees
Santubong Suite Just Like Home
Damai Puri Resort & Spa, Kuching
Damai Puri Resort & Spa, Kuching
4.5 out of 5
Teluk Penyuk Santubong PO Box 3058, Kuching, Sarawak
Damai Puri Resort & Spa, Kuching
Sakura Bandar Semariang Guest House
Sakura Bandar Semariang Guest House
2.5 out of 5
2619 Lorong Cahya Damai 8C, Petra Jaya, Kuching, Sarawak
Sakura Bandar Semariang Guest House
Roxy Hotel Padungan
Roxy Hotel Padungan
3 out of 5
256 Jalan Padungan, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is SG$38 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees
Roxy Hotel Padungan
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.