August 2, 2011
A Memorable Visit to Bako
RECENTLY, my family and I visited the Bako National Park in Sarawak. That was the
highlight of our visit to Kuching.
Bako National Park, the oldest park in Sarawak, was opened to the public in 1957. It
takes about than an hour from Kuching town to get there. There were mangrove swamps along the way.
Upon our arrival, we were greeted by the long tailed macaques and birds chirping. We
felt very welcomed by the friendliness of the staff. The lush greenery which acts as a habitat for the fauna is
very well preserved.
The chalets which use minimal current made it very environmental friendly.
On the first day itself, we spotted a few bearded pigs, viper snakes, proboscis
monkeys and long tailed macaques.
We went trekking the next day. Along the way we caught a glimpse of the scenic view
of valleys and mountains. The clear signages and board walk assisted our trek.
The highlight of our trek was the close up of the proboscis monkeys. Little scenes
like this make our journey a memorable one.
Later, we joined a group of tourists for a night walk. The briefing given by the tour
guide was splendid. We managed to see a scorpion and an owl. At dinner, we talked to a few other visitors and
exchanged our views on the park.
The environmentally-friendly infrastructure, friendly staff, rich biodiversity and
clear signage were factors that contributed to a memorable visit to the national park.
My first visit to the Bako National Park is just a beginning to many more ventures of
the park in the future.
KAREN KAUR HARBAN,
Source: The Star