A short hop across the Sarawak River will take you from Kuching's bustling downtown area to the Kampongs, villages situated along the waterfront.

Getting to Bako National Park

There are no roads to Bako National Park. The only way to get in is by taking a boat from Bako Bazaar (about 20 minutes from the center of Kuching). As of 2017, boat rides are pooled and arranged for you so you don't have to worry about finding other people to split the cost with. The ride will cost RM20 and you will be placed with other passengers. The shared boats all depart for Bako National Park in a single wave around 8AM-9AM, so try to arrive early.

Odds are good you will arrive during a low tide. Be prepared to disembark from your boat in the water and wade to shore. Wearing shorts and shoes you can remove easily is a good idea. Tourists storming the beach is an essential part of the Bako experience.

Bako MarketBako National Park


Some people try to do Bako as a day trip. The return boats leave relatively...


Bako Market

Bako Bazaar is the launching point for the boat trip to Bako National Park. Make sure to get there early in the morning as the boats depart at fixed times.

Lundu is the gateway to Gunung Gading National Park. Lundu is a small town and is about a 2 hour bus ride from Kuching.


Kuching embraces its identity as "The City of Cats." The Malay word for cat is "kucing" which has led to this branding. This is strictly a pun as Kuching was named long before the modern Malay language was spoken in Borneo.


The Sarawak State Assembly building is the most prominent structure in Kuching. It sits directly on the riverfront in downtown Kuching.