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Bako National Park


Bako National Park 


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Location: 1.5159, 110.7642 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Glen Charnoski on Jan 8, 2012
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Bako is full of nooks and crannies to explore. Num...

Description 

Golden baked sandstone cliffs serve as bastions of Bako National Park. The seaside cliffs hold many intriguing bouldering problems and short rock routes best top-roped (due to soft rock and poor pro). Best time is low tide and in the morning shade or evening low sun. The area holds many sandstone outcrops that have not yet seen climbers shoes. Go explore while visiting the beautiful and diverse park, where you can see pit vipers, bearded pigs, proboscis monkeys along the coast and plenty of langurs and macaques.


Getting There 

Access to the park is almost exclusively done by boat. It is a 30 minute bus ride from Kuching to the landing, and easily arranged in Kuching as buses leave every hour for the park. A 25 minute boat ride takes you to a pier at high tide or on the beach at low tide. The rocks are easily seen on the right side of the beach. Hiring a boat will get you around the coast to untapped rock outcrops as well.

Accomodation is comfortable bungalow hostels or private rooms or a full bungalow. Its very cheap, but you must book ahead in Kuching as it gets full on weekends. Go to the downtown tourist booking office/forestry department. Good Luck and Bon Voyage!

The park may be inacessable in the rainy season due to high seas. Check ahead and have plastic over your backpack/climbing stuff as it will get wet at any time of year in the small boats making the jaunt out to the peninsula. Its like Krabi where you have to take a boat around the coast. The park is secluded and quiet, no cars either!


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While bouldering near vegetation, Watch out for Pit-vipers, they're non-aggressive, but ever present!
While bouldering near vegetation, Watch out for Pi...
Bako National Park
Bako National Park
Top-rope wall I did with Chien Lee and Glen McNair 2005
Top-rope wall I did with Chien Lee and Glen McNair...
more cliffs with classiic hueco features.
more cliffs with classiic hueco features.
Local Bidayu friend working a traverse route, in the rain, in flip-flops.
Local Bidayu friend working a traverse route, in t...
Kiran hanging out near some sandstone cliffs. Notice the waky shaped rock that's eroded (yellow part of wall) some of those holds are good, some break off.
Kiran hanging out near some sandstone cliffs. Noti...
Beachside bouldering at Bako. glen charno.
Beachside bouldering at Bako. glen charno.
This is the landing where you get a boat out to Bako. They are all friendly Malay stilt villages along the coast.
This is the landing where you get a boat out to Ba...
Accommodation is simple bungalows, costing about 5 US/night. You could get a whole bungalow to yourself for about 20 US/night. Book ahead in Kuching at the downtown tourist booking office.
Accommodation is simple bungalows, costing about 5...
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