Sunday, August 26, 2007

Bako National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia

When you visit Bako National Park in Sarawak, Malaysia, you might be surprised by the various forms of wildlife you can actually meet face to face there. Perhaps it will be the 4-foot-long monitor lizards you see peeping into your window in the morning when you wake up. Or perhaps it will be the bearded pig you bump into on the jungle paths as you trek. Or, maybe it is the Proboscis monkeys roaming about... maybe even one that will show you his fangs in an attempt to intimidate you enough to get your breakfast. Whichever it is, you are sure to be impressed, and perhaps even startled, by one form of wildlife in the park or another. One thing is for sure -- you can't walk around the place for very long without coming across some amazing creature or another.

The land formations at the park are also quite impressive, including the seastacks for which the park is known. The trip up the river from Kuching is one not soon forgotten. And the mangrove swamps and cliff vegetation are truly amazing. Bako is Sarawak's oldest national park.

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Malcolm R. Campbell said...

Sounds like my kind of place, except for the monkey fangs.


hifidel said...

I was there on New Year's Eve one year, and the place was very quiet, as far as human traffic goes. The wildlife was out in full force though, and it was amazing.

The monkey fangs make for a funny story sometimes, but it really was rather intimidating to see when they used their fangs to try to chase us away from the breakfast table. When they later sauntered into the restrooms, it was pretty funny. But then, it did make me think twice before entering those restrooms myself.