Bako National Park


Bako National Park is one of the best places in Sarawak to see rainforest animals in their native habitats. It's notable for its incredible biodiversity, encompassing everything from terrestrial orchids and pitcher plants to proboscis monkeys and bearded pigs. Hiking trails cross the sandstone plateau that forms the peninsula’s backbone and connect with some of the main beaches, all of which can be reached by boat from park HQ.

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1. Interpretation Centre

0.02 MILES

Offers an old-fashioned introduction to the park’s seven distinct ecosystems and an exposition on the codependent relationship between nepenthes (pitcher…

2. Teluk Assam Beach

0.08 MILES

Park authorities actively discourage swimming here because of the presence of crocodiles. In the distance (to the west) you can see the wild east coast of…

3. Kuching Wetlands National Park

8.46 MILES

The only way to see the majestic mangroves of 66-sq-km Kuching Wetlands National Park is by boat. About 15km northwest of Kuching, the park has no office,…

4. Permai Rainforest Resort


The day rate at this bungalow complex is a real bargain. In addition to a safe, fine-sand beach with changing facilities, the resort offers a variety of…

5. Sarawak Cultural Village

9.19 MILES

This living museum centres on seven traditional dwellings, including three tribal longhouses, a Penan hut, a Malay town house, a Melanau tall house and a…

6. Damai Central Beach

9.36 MILES

A beach with showers, lockers and places to eat. Situated across the parking lot from Sarawak Cultural Village.

7. Kuching North City Hall

11.67 MILES

Situated 8km north of the city centre is the hilltop Kuching North City Hall (known by its Malay abbreviation, DBKU), a landmark prestige project – some…

8. Cat Museum

11.69 MILES

This homage to the city’s namesake, located 8km north of the centre, features hundreds of entertaining, surprising and bizarre kucing (cat) figurines –…