The only option
There is one option at Bako and that is park accommodation, although there are a variety of choices within this option.
The first is the hostel, which is pretty basic but at 15 ringgit a night, far cheaper than Mulu. You will have to provide your own blanket, mosquito net and towel. The hostel rooms are only fan-cooled and tend to get quite hot so you may find that you won't need a blanket. The hostel rooms each contain four beds and if you have a group of four, you can book out the whole room for 40 ringgit. The next tier of accommodation up is called ‘Type 5'. It has space for three people, is a lot nicer than the hostel and has a private bathroom. Moreover, they provide linen and it has a veranda where you can sit and enjoy the sounds of the forest at night. Many are situated under trees and if you turn the lights out at night, the fireflies often put on quite a good show. Puzzlingly the next tier is called ‘Type 6' but is cheaper than ‘Type 5'; the quality of the lodgings are the same but it only sleeps two. There is a camping option but you will have to bring your own camping supplies and it's only possible to camp in certain areas within the park. Check with the rangers before heading out to pitch a tent.
Note: You MUST book and pay for your accommodation in Kuching at the National Park Booking Office. Here you will be given a receipt, which you will then hand over to the staff at the park. The booking office is located next to the Sarawak Tourism Board, just off the Main Bazaar at the bottom of Carpenter Street. If in doubt, just ask for the Old Courthouse as both offices are situated within this colonial-era complex.
Last updated on 26th November, 2012.