In early January, my friends and I planned to stay over at Bako National Park (Kuching, Malaysia) and naturally research was done to see how lodging and food were like.
After booking a two nights’ stay, I started to regret a little and wonder if we could have better spent that extra day somewhere else in Kuching. Reviews weren’t all that great – accommodation was run down, food wasn’t readily available, etc – oh, the horrors (but all turned out well eventually despite a couple of hiccups). We had a whole day to conquer a longer trail in Bako and didn’t have to stress about rushing to complete shorter trails and catching a boat back to mainland.
Accommodation at Bako National Park can be booked here. We paid RM150/night for a 3-bed air-conditioned room with an attached bathroom.
Recommended to buy your own supply of snacks and water before heading to Bako. They do sell food and water (prices are reasonable) but it’s cheaper stocking up in town.
Bring your own toiletries. They do provide towels so that was a nice surprise. Beware the mosquitoes!!
Checked into our lodge and decided on a short trail since there wasn’t anything much to do anyway. Plus the electricity was out.
They have daily night walks for RM10/pax for about an hour which is good educational entertainment if you have time to while away. Us four girls had an ‘extended’ tour after that and were so lucky to spot a slow loris!
Day 2 – Ready for more trekking!
At this point in time we had no idea where we were, how long more before we reached the end of the trail and more importantly, was this the waterfall?! Apparently, it seemed like it was because we advanced further till the end of the trail and reached a beach.
We were disappointed by the waterfall though – it wasn’t massive or impressive. We expected to see more after trekking for more than two hours!!
Reached our cabin six hours later and we were all so exhausted. We checked out the next day and took the ferry back to mainland at 11.00am.
Tried to book a Grab but the jetty was so out of the way that no cars were detected around the area. Had to rely on private taxis and managed to bargain down the price a little bit to head to our next destination (Damai Beach) which was quite a distance away.
Staying at Bako National Park was a great experience. Basic necessities are provided for (even WiFi in the canteen but don’t expect much from it) and it’s a good time to be surrounded by nature and disconnect. If you’re heading to Bako, I’d recommend you to spend the night. As long as you don’t have high expectations, you’ll enjoy yourself. What made it especially memorable for us was spotting wildlife – wild boars, three different species of monkeys, flying lemur and a slow loris!
More details up on the next post of the rest of our adventures in Kuching. In the meanwhile, check out my hand-tapping tattoo experience here (it hurt like a bitch).