Sunday, December 6, 2009

Bako National Park

A visit to Malaysia’s natural reserves turned out to be a thrilling experience. Malaysia has kept no stone unturned to safeguard and protect its natural heritage. And for me a visit to the oldest national park in Sarawak, Bako National Park was an awesome adventure trip.

Being located to the east of the Bako River near Kuching, the capital of Sarawak the park is easily accessible from Kuching along a 37 km road and short ferry ride. I started with ample information on Bako with the reservation in place. The tourist information center which is an old 19th century court house near the riverside provides with all the necessary information. I visited the place in the month of April which is the best time as it’s a drier season and it’s not advisable to go there during the months of October until March as the sea gets rough due to the monsoon and access to the park may not be possible.

Malaysia has a wealth of natural reserves and parks but Bako stands out for its extraordinary variety and contrast in its natural scenery, habitats, plant life, and its wildlife. I would call it as a treasure chest of nature’s flora and fauna. It’s a striking coastline of steep cliffs, rocky headlands, and many stretches of sandy bays. The amazing sea arches and sea stacks caused by the erosion of left me awestruck. It’s beautiful sandstone formations featuring pink and iron patterns on the cliff faces is a great sight to the eyes.

As a nature enthusiast I was delighted to find a wide range of vegetation including the varieties of pitcher plants and wild orchids. The park's mangrove forest, mixed dipterocarp forest, peat swamp forest, and kerangas forest was perfect for trekking through its 16 well-maintained jungle trails, making it the most interesting experience. During a walk in the forest I encountered long-tailed Macaques and silver leaf monkeys along with giant monitor lizards, plantain squirrels, wild boars, and mouse deer. And the most rare long-nosed proboscis monkeys are found only here. With a great love for swimming, I enjoyed my stay along with beach combing at low tide, and watching the sunset along the sandy bays of the park made my day. For the eco minded travelers and nature lovers Bako National Park is truly an ideal place as it turned out to be for me.

Boka National Park is definitely worth a visit and I had one of the best, unforgettable and enjoyable times at the park, amidst its amazing beautiful sights.