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Bako National Park, Kuching-Part 1

Monday, June 30, 2014

This took place exactly a month ago during the Gawai Dayak Holiday. Gawai Dayak is a festival celebrated by the Dayaks (Ibans and Bidayuhs) in Sarawak every year on the 1st of June. Read more about Gawai Dayak here.

This year it falls on a Sunday, so we got 2 extra off days on Monday and Tuesday. Since it coincided with the boys' school holidays, we decided to head for Bako National Park (Bako NP). The Park is one of the nearest national parks to Kuching.

It is only about 45 minutes drive from home to Kampung Bako, the gateway to Bako NP and where the Bako NP Terminal is located. From Kampung Bako, we chartered a boat which took about 30 minutes to reach the Park's head quarter.

On the Way to Bako National Park

Bako National Park Terminal - WireBliss
Bako National Park Terminal at Kampung Bako.
Paid for the entrance fee and chartered boat here.
Stuff to bring to Bako National Park Terminal - WireBliss
Our stuff - mostly food stuff :)
At the Terminal Bako National Park Terminal - WireBliss
Henry at the boat jetty/terminal.
This will be his first time on a boat.
Several times we were here before, we just stopped by
to look at the tourists and boats.
Wondering when we would finally take them for a trip....haha
Bako National Park -Chartered boat- WireBliss
Getting ready for the short boat ride. Life jackets are available.
**Camera man balancing act...
Bako National Park -happy faces on the boat- WireBliss
The happy faces!!
The boys' first boat ride.
On the way to Bako NP - WireBliss
View of the Bako River Mouth and Mount Santubong.
Bako National Park -just arrived- WireBliss
Here we are, the Park's Head Quarter

The Forest Lodge and Other Facilities
We checked in to a two-bedroom Forest Lodge for the night stay.
Forest Lodge Type 4 at Bako NP - WireBliss
Our Forest Lodge, Type 4, 2 bedrooms.
A bit old and run down.
The wooden floor makes lots of noise as you walk.
A short (5 minutes) plank walk to our Forest Lodge.
Forest Lodge Type 4 at Bako NP - WireBliss
Our room, three beds and a wardrobe.
Keep all windows and doors closed at all time to avoid unwanted guests.
Forest Lodge Type 4 at Bako NP - WireBliss
Bathroom and toilet. Reasonable. Water piped from the city.
Without hot water of course.
Forest Lodge at Bako NP - WireBliss
This are the other type of Forest Lodge - bigger.
Forest Lodge at Bako NP - WireBliss
Chalets in the jungle.
Forest Lodge Type 4 at Bako NP - WireBliss
A newer Forest Lodge Type 4 which is closer to the head quarter.
Jetty at Bako NP - WireBliss
During high tide, boats can take you to this jetty.
Otherwise, we disembark at the beach, at knee deep water.
Bako NP Map and Trails - WireBliss
Trail Map for visitors to plan for your walk.
Bako NP Map and Trails - WireBliss
More details on the trails and the amount of time required for each trail.
The Beach
Not many people at the beach the next morning.
The boys don't dare to go to deeper water, so they just play at knee deep water for a little while.
Me, I prefer to stay dry, under the shade and be the camera woman :)
Some nice scenery from beach.
Bako National Park Beach - WireBliss
Bako National Park Beach - WireBliss
The only other group of people at the other end of the beach.
Bako National Park Beach - WireBliss
Sandy but slightly murky water.
Bako National Park Beach - WireBliss
Look at the boys!
They are just standing there and looking. Hai yai yai.....
To be continued....

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