To get to Bako from Kuching, take a bus to Bako Bazaar in Kampung Bako (RM2, 45 minutes). Petra Jaya bus No 6 departs from the station near the covered market in Kuching. If some locals offer you a private van and tell you it will take really long before the next bus arrives, better just shrug them off. Buses arrive roughly every 40 minutes.
A boat from Bako Bazaar to the park headquarters is RM40 for 10 people. Travel time, 30 minutes. Admission fee to be paid at the headquarters is RM10, single entry.
Make sure you come early so you can find other people to share your boat with (also to avoid sailing through choppy waters in the afternoon).
The park is popular for day trippers, but if you choose to stay for the night, better book ahead (park headquarters number provided by the Visitor Information Center in Kuching).
The accommodations/park lodges (RM40 double room a night) look like they have not been refurbished since they were constructed, so come mentally prepared. The rooms have a moldy smell, and the bed covers don't look like they've been washed. As for the common bathroom/toilets, you may not only share them with your dorm-mates but also with other insects (a humongous grasshopper attacked me while I was doing my 'business').
On our first day, after checking in, we strolled along the beach at sundown. After which we had dinner at the park's lone resto. Meals are very affordable at RM5-8.
In the evening, we joined the guided night trek (RM10 fee each person). The supposed one hour fifteen-minute trek lasted two hours. Our guide was desperate to show the eager group some night creatures. We were only able to see loads of insects and some glowing mushrooms. On our way back, we saw a scorpion on a tree near our lodge. We thought, we shouldn't have gone far and wasted RM10.
It was a sleepless night as the bed bug bites I got from Borneo B&B started stinging. It was not only itchy, it was painful. It was the first time I was victimized after years of backpacking. It didn't stop me from hiking the next day though. I thought to myself, I cannot let the bed bugs ruin my (and Shervin's) trip.
We chose the Lintang Trail, so we could see the Tajor falls. It was the perfect choice for we came across a group of Proboscis Monkeys by the beach. We stayed for about half an hour watching them feed on trees, and Shervin took so many photos for me to keep.
The trek going to the falls lasted two hours and thirty minutes (3.5 KM). We enjoyed a lone time along the stagnant river where the falls flows into.
We didn't stay long though, and hiked back in speed. We collected our stuff at the headquarters (we already checked out before trekking), washed up, then headed to the jetty.
I told Shervin, 'When we get back to Kuching, no way are we checking in Borneo B&B again'. And eventhough we stayed at Kuching Hotel that night, the bed bug-bite tragedy was far from over.
[This blog is part of the South East Asia in Six Weeks series which took place May-June 2009. Price of goods, transportation and so forth may already be different.]
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