the adventures of bako national park, sarawak





Jungle trekking - Stunning Views of Bako Coastline



Hey readers…

I have spare time; I opened folders of old pictures. Whoa, I had taken lots of photos including the foods and selfies too. Hahaha. One entry that I promise to blog about is the Bako National Park. I guess it’s time to share my experience; one day trip to the Bako National Park Sarawak. Sarawak is undeniably very popular among nature explorers especially foreign travelers. From the gigantic cave, the longest river in Malaysia, forests and rare species of wildlife as well as like-no-other culture, Sarawak which is also known as the land of hornbill offers attractions for everyone.


Do you know that Mulu is the biggest cave in the world? I just googled to make sure the fact is right. When I did, Google has responded with this list stating that these are among the largest caves in the world :

• Son Doong Cave, Vietnam

• Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, U.S.A

• Mulu Caves, Borneo

• Sistema Sac Actun, Mexico

• New Athos Cave, Georgia


Okay, Mulu is one of them. So, I was right this time. I googled the Mulu Pinnacles, it’s hard to believe that we have something spectacular like this in Malaysia. It's surreal. I would love to go, but I don't think I am fit enough to complete this course. So for those who have passion and also fit-to-go able to explore the impressive Mulu. Let me just share the photo of Mulu Pinnacles. It looks amazing, right?





Photo credit to Best Borneo Tours.


Back to my story now, people. Bako National Park is 35 minutes drive from Kuching city center. You have to ride a boat to get to the national park. The fee for the boat is RM 40 return. We have a tour guide with us, he told us that it takes about 1 hour to 1.5 hours to get to the cliff for a breathtaking view from the top. There are different trails leading you to a different destination, but we opted for the easy trails as we are not fit enough as well as time-limitation. When we were there, the tide was low. So the boat was not able to make it to the shore, we need to get off from the boat and walked a bit.


Bako National Park is 35 minutes drive from Kuching city center. You have to ride a boat to get to the national park. The boat fee is RM 40 return. We hired a tour guide he told us that it takes about 1 hour to 1.5 hours to get to the cliff for a breathtaking view from the top. There are different trails which lead to a different destination, but we opted for the moderate and popular trail called Teluk Pandan Kecil. I think this trail matched our fitness level and time. When we were there, the tide was low. We need to jump off the boat and walked as the boat was not able to make it to the shore.


The first impression was “Wowww!”. This place is beautiful. I was amazed by the unique rock formation by the beach. I have never seen such a great formation in Malaysia like this. Then we walked inside, encountered Bornean Bearded Pigs scavenging for food. We were advised not to get to close to the animals as they are unpredictable (though they don't look aggressive). Other than bearded pigs, our guide mentioned that the Bako National Park is home to other wildlife animals like Long-tailed macaques, silvered leaf-monkeys, squirrels and mouse deer. I was excited to see the proboscis monkey, but none was at sight. However, during our visit here, we only observed long-tailed macaques and silvered leaf-monkeys from far. My camera phone is not that powerful to zoom and captured their images, the reason why I did not post any photos of them here.


What I like about the park, the trails are unique and distinctive. We walked in the forest, which required a little of climbing, to hold onto trees and stepped from one stone to another, walked on the bizarre track and finally saw a very clear sky above us and a prominent view of the beach where we came this morning. It was a long and arduous journey to get to the top, but remarkable. We learned about the plants, trees and we get to appreciate what nature has given us. Maybe I should come again to take different trails to go to the waterfall. We noticed many avid foreign travelers who were going to the waterfall.


It’s time to return, though I was not ready to leave. I wish that we could stay a bit longer and enjoy the moment. But, we have to move now as the boat was waiting for us. We walked down, usually walking down was a bit easier and faster. We arrived at the secluded beach, took some photos then hop onboard. The boatman stopped at the famous cobra rock formation. I didn’t want to miss the photo opportunity; luckily the boatman seemed to understand that I need time to get a good photo here. Hahaha...


I have never imagined myself trekking at the National Park. I have never known about Bako before. I have never discovered about the amazing treasures in Malaysia especially Borneo. Malaysia is full of surprises if you keen to get close to mother nature. Now I believe that I can do an extreme activity, but I need to exercise regularly for a good stamina. After visiting Bako, my perspective changed. Traveling is not just about all pretty things, evolving modernization in the city, finding tranquility at the beach, meeting people and experiencing the local culture but also about discovering nature and wildlife. I used to visit places just for fun, none of them about exploring forests and wildlife. But I need to wear a proper outfit next time okay! No more sandal and jeans. I hate the fact that I had violated a traveler's dress code for hiking.


What are you waiting for? Let's go for an adventure to create memories of your own in Borneo.



Cik Travelista



Shah Alam 40150, Malaysia