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Bako National Park
Holiday Travel Guide

Bako National Park which includes rocky coastline and tropical scenes
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.

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

The Village House
The Village House
3.5 out of 5
Pantai Puteri Santubong Village, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is SG$86 per night from 17 Jun to 17 Jun
Excludes taxes & fees
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 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (70 reviews)
Peaceful n Quiet Retreat
"Nice boutique hotel with quiet environment. Delicious food too.. overall we like it very much n satisfied with our stay."

Reviewed on 4 Feb,2020

The Village House
Cove 55
Cove 55
5 out of 5
Lot 55, Jalan Sultan Tengah, (Santubong/Damai Road), Santubong, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is SG$179 per night from 1 Jul to 1 Jul
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! (30 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
Santubong Suite Just Like Home
Santubong Suite Just Like Home
3 out of 5
Jalan Sultan Tengah, Kuching, Sarawak
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 ...
Santubong Suite Just Like Home
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

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$81 per night from 17 Jun to 17 Jun
Excludes taxes & fees
The Culvert
Cove 55
Cove 55
5 out of 5
Lot 55, Jalan Sultan Tengah, (Santubong/Damai Road), Santubong, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is SG$179 per night from 1 Jul to 1 Jul
Excludes taxes & fees
Cove 55
Santubong Suite Just Like Home
Santubong Suite Just Like Home
3 out of 5
Jalan Sultan Tengah, Kuching, Sarawak
Santubong Suite Just Like Home
The Village House
The Village House
3.5 out of 5
Pantai Puteri Santubong Village, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is SG$86 per night from 17 Jun to 17 Jun
Excludes taxes & fees
The Village House
Permai Rainforest Resort
Permai Rainforest Resort
3 out of 5
Jalan Sultan Tengah, Pantai Damai Santubong, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is SG$97 per night from 23 Jun to 23 Jun
Excludes taxes & fees
Permai Rainforest Resort
Damai Beach Resort
Damai Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5
Teluk Bandung, Santubong, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is SG$103 per night from 21 Jun to 21 Jun
Excludes taxes & fees
Damai Beach Resort
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
UCSI Hotel Kuching
UCSI Hotel Kuching
3.5 out of 5
Lot 2864 Block 7, Muara Tebas Land, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is SG$81 per night from 23 Jun to 23 Jun
Excludes taxes & fees
UCSI Hotel Kuching
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.