Saturday, May 22, 2010

Sarawak: Bako National Park, Part 1 of 3

Jetty: Boats to Bako. 9 ringgit  per person or 47 ringgit to charter a whole boat.

Once again the lure of the Land of the Hornbill (Sarawak) proved irresistible.  This time it was Bako National Park, and the chance to see the largest flower in the world, the Rafflesia.

The good thing about Bako National Park is that it's easily reached from Kuching.

                                Boat speeding towards Bako. It takes 15 minutes across open sea to reach Bako.

Welcome to Bako

                                Canteen at Bako. Has satellite TV!

Most people stay at Bako. Cheap dorms and rooms available but no air-conditioning. Mine was a semi-d with attached toilet (52.50 ringgit) but even with a fan the room was warm at night, and I had a fitful sleep.

How to get to Bako from Kuching

Hourly bus leaves from Pasar (market) area starting from 8am. Takes about an hour to reach the jetty. Fare: 3 ringgit.


  1. So back in circulation after an interesting trip. Could you post a picture of Mr. Yan?

  2. Roger, you need to open the windows and use that fan to create a cross-breeze, circulating cooler evening/night air through the rooms. It's better this way :)

    RM9 for 15 minutes speedboat ride? That's sound reasonable to me! So...have you spotted a Rafflesia flower in Bako???

    I've written a lengthy reply to your earlier query. Remember to check it out :)


  3. Ok, thanks. Will check it out. Stay tuned for the Rafflesia flower.