The second day trip we took from Kuching was to Bako National Park, the oldest national park in the state of Sarawak. The park can only be reached by a 30 minute boat ride from the village of Kampung Bako, which is about a 45 minute drive from Kuching. We took a taxi but there is also a bus that runs to the village.
Bako is a great park to visit as it offers a variety of eco-systems to explore: beach vegetation, cliff vegetation, heath forest, mangrove forest, mixed dipterocarp forest, grasslands vegetation and peat swamp forest. Of course, it goes without saying that the wildlife is spectacular. In the first 10 minutes, we saw a Bornean bearded pig and several monkeys. Bako certainly has way more to offer than can be covered in a day trip. And it’s so humid that you can only likely manage to hike half of the distance that you would under less humid conditions. If we return to this part of Borneo, we would definitely spend more time here and utilize some of the accommodations the park has on offer, from chalets to a campground.
Here’s a little bit of Bako for you: