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Bako National Park

Sarawak's oldest national park was established in 1957 on a 2,728 hectare site, about 37km from Kuching. Bako is known for its extraordinary variety and contrast in its natural scenery, habitats, plant life, and its wildlife. Constant erosion over millions of years had turned Bako into a picturesque coastline of steep cliffs, rocky headlands, and many stretches of sandy bays. The erosion caused by constant waves at the base of the cliffs had carved and created many of the rocks into sea arches and sea stacks. Beautiful sandstone formations featuring pink and iron patterns on the cliff faces can be seen along most of the coastline. Many who have visited the Park commented that the Bako National Park is a treasure chest of flora and fauna. Naturalist will be thrilled to find a wide range of vegetation including the varieties of pitcher plants and wild orchids. The varieties of vegetation found in Borneo can also be seen in the park's mangrove forest, mixed dipterocarp forest, peat swamp forest, and kerangas forest. Trekking through any of its 16 well-maintained jungle trails is an interesting experience. Within the park, it is not uncommon to see troops of long-tailed Macaques and silver leaf monkeys along with giant monitor lizards, plantain squirrels, wild boars, and mouse deer. The most significant animal in the park is the bizarre long-nosed proboscis monkeys found only in Borneo Island. Swimming, beach combing at low tide, and watching the sunset are popular activities along the sandy bays of the park. Bako National Park is truly an ideal place for nature lovers and eco-minded adventurers!

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