2 Days Bako National Park and Malay Homestay (New)

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Tour type

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Budget

Tour Period: 2 Days

tour highlights

  • Trek through pristine rainforest & spot the unique proboscis monkeys.

  • Cruise along mangrove swamps to look for crocodiles.

  • Spend a night at a local Malay home
  • Join a local fisherman on a fishing trip
  • Learn how to prepare local delicacies.

tour details

Marvel at the oustanding beauty of Bako National Park and explore its unique flora & fauna while hiking on one of the many trails. After this amazing adventure you will be welcomed as guest in a local Malay home of the nearby fishing village Kampong Bako. Enjoy the hospitality of your host and get to know the culture of the Malay people. Next, embark on adventurous evening cruise along Bako river to spot wild crocodiles and be awed by the myriad of fireflies congregating in the mangroves. Return to the village for a delicious dinner and overnight at the host’s house. Further activities to provide you with a first-hand insight into the daily life of the locals include a stroll through the village, fishing together with a local fisherman, as well as preparing local savouries with your host.

Pick-up from the city hotel in Kuching and travel by air-conditioned vehicle to the small Malay village of Bako, where you then venture on a 20 minutes' boat ride to the national park. After registration and check-in at the park, proceed for trekking. Get to see various animals, such as wild boars, silver leaf monkeys, macaques or monitor lizards. If you are lucky you might also spot the proboscis monkeys that can only be found on the island of Borneo. Please discuss with your guide about the trails that you wish to make, according to your interest.
For lunch you will be provided a packed lunch.
In the afternoon return by boat to Bako village and transfer to a Malay homestay. Upon arrival at the homestay you will be welcomed by your host family and served with coffee and tea.
After a refreshing shower your guide will bring you for a stroll around the village. Depending on the season you might see fishermen offering the catch of the day at the market, or you might be able to witness how 'belacan' (dried fermented shrimp paste) is made.
In the early evening you will board a boat again and cruise upriver in search of crocodiles. Weather-permitting you will get to see a beautiful sunset over the mangroves. In the dark you will continue your search for the estuarine crocodiles. The eyes of these ancient creatures will reflect the lights of the torch lights and shine in bright red colour. Another natural phenomenon are the fireflies that congregate in the mangrove trees and let them shine like Christmas trees!
Return to the homestay for dinner with your host family. Spend the evening with the family, experiencing the warm hospitality and friendliness of the Malay people, before retiring for the night.

Overnight at a Malay homestay.

Meals included: Lunch
After an early simple breakfast, you will join a local fisherman to experience their life style and daily chores. Depending on the season you will learn how to catch mangrove crabs, collect razor clams, catch jelly fishes or do net fishing.
Return to your homestay to freshen up, while your host prepares your catch of the day! (No worries, your host will standby some food in case you haven't caught anything!) After lunch, you will learn hands-on how to make typical Malay 'kuih' (local savouries) during a home-cooking/baking class with your host. Enjoy your own creations with some coffee and tea before bidding farewell to your host family.
Transfer back to your hotel in Kuching by air-conditioned vehicle.

Meals included: Breakfast


  • 1 night accommodation in shared twin room with fan and private bathroom
  • Meals as stated in the programme: B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner
  • Transfers and tours with local English-speaking driver guides in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees and/or boat fees as stated in the programme
  • Drinking water available on the vehicles
  • Package includes GST 6% (Good and Service Tax)


  • Domestic airfare and/or International airfare to / from Malaysia (quoted separately, if requested)
  • Optional tours
  • Surcharges for other language guides
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme


  • This tour package is not valid during the Muslim fasting month Ramadhan.
  • Even if the package is booked on private basis, all boat transfers and cruises may be on shared basis in order to minimise impacts on the natural environment or if other circumstances require so.
  • Please travel light for the overnight at the homestay. Suitcases can be stored at your hotel in Kuching.
  • Sightings of wildlife depend on several natural factors (e.g. weather) and therefore cannot be guaranteed.
  • The guest room at the homestay is a private room on twin-share basis and is fitted with fan. A private attached bathroom provides toilet and shower (cold water only).
Tour code: KCHDS2DBMP

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