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Malaysia National Parks (Sarawak)


There is a nominal entry fee for all national parks in Sarawak. Check with the National Parks Booking Office in Kuching for the latest fee structure. A permit is required for professional photography or filming, which should be arranged in advance with the National Parks Booking Office. Check with the National Parks Booking Office in Kuching or the Sarawak Forestry website ( for the latest fee structure.

National Parks Booking Office
Visitors Information Centre,
Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg,
93000 Kuching
Tel: (82) 248-088
Fax: (82) 248-087

Below are just a few of Sarawak's national parks. For more in depth information, go to the Sarawak Forestry website stated above.

Bako National Park

Bako National Park, established in 1957, is the oldest national park in Sarawak, on the island of Borneo. Located at the tip of the Muara Tebas peninsula, at the mouth of the Bako and Kuching rivers, it is approximately 40 km by road from Kuching. Millions of years of erosion of the sandstone have created a coastline of steep cliffs, rocky headlands and stretches of white, sandy bays. Wave erosion at the base of the cliffs has carved many of the rocky headlands into fantastically shaped sea arches and sea stacks with coloured patterns formed by iron deposition. Some of these rock formations can be seen on entry to the Teluk Assam Beach, which fronts the park. The park can only be reached by a 20-minute boat ride from the village of Kampung Bako. It is often visited as a day-trip from Kuching, though accommodations (camp ground and forestry service bungalows) are available.

Bako is one of the smallest national parks in Sarawak, yet one of the most interesting, with abundant wildlife, jungle streams and waterfalls, secluded beaches and trekking trails. A network of 16 marked walking trails of different lengths allows visitors access. In addition, various beaches are accessible by boat from Kampung Bako or Teluk Assam, as well as a geologically interesting sea stack rock formation. The range of attractions and activities in a compact area have made Bako one of the most popular parks in Sarawak.

Bako is home to approximately 150 endangered proboscis monkeys, which are endemic to Borneo. Other animals include the long-tailed macaque, silvered langur, plantain squirrel, Bornean bearded pig, monitor lizards, and otters. All of these are present in the forest as well as near camp headquarters on Telok Assam beach. Bako is also home to a number of lizards and snakes, most of which are harmless. Bako is a fascinating place for bird watching, with over 150 species recorded. Bako's nocturnal creatures include the colugo, pangolin, mouse deer, various species of fruit eating and insect eating bats, tarsier, slow loris, and palm civet cat.

The unusual plant life includes a variety of carnivorous plants (four species of pitcher plants, sundews, bladderworts) as well as a huge variety of tree and other plant species.

Admission to the park is RM10 (child RM5). Boat ride is 30 minutes, RM47 per boat each way, maximum 5 passengers per boat. Rates for lodging vary considerably depending on level of luxury. Check in advance at the National Park Information Centre in Kuching for availability.

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