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Bako National Park

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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Cove 55 SG$151
Cove 55

Cove 55

     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    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 and Teluk Penyuk are also within 6 miles (10 km).

    UCSI Hotel Kuching SG$70
    UCSI Hotel Kuching

    UCSI Hotel Kuching

       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Kuching, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Sarawak Convention and Exhibition Centre and within 6 miles (10 km) of The Spring and Sungai Tapang. Sarawak Stadium and Riverside Shopping Complex are also within 6 miles (10 km).

      Damai Beach Resort SG$100
      Damai Beach Resort

      Damai Beach Resort

         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        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 km).

        The Culvert SG$74
        The Culvert

        The Culvert

           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          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 3 miles (5 km).

          Permai Rainforest Resort SG$120
          Permai Rainforest Resort

          Permai Rainforest Resort

             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Kuching, this beach tree house is within 1 mile (2 km) of Teluk Penyuk and Damai Beach. Teluk Bandung and Mount Santubong are also within 3 miles (5 km).

            The Village House
            The Village House

            The Village House

               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Teluk Nipah and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Mount Santubong. Damai Beach and Teluk Bandung are also within 6 miles (10 km).

              Santubong Suite Just Like Home SG$135
              Santubong Suite Just Like Home

              Santubong Suite Just Like Home

                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Kuching, this apartment building is within 6 miles (10 km) of Gunung Tanjong Batu, Sarawak Timber Museum and Sarawak State Library. Sarawak Stadium and Cat Museum are also within 6 miles (10 km).

                Damai Puri Resort & Spa
                Damai Puri Resort & Spa

                Damai Puri Resort & Spa

                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Nestled on the beach, this Kuching hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Teluk Penyuk and Damai Beach. Teluk Bandung and Mount Santubong are also within 3 miles (5 km).