Bako, Home of the Proboscis Monkey
Trip Start Feb 23, 2006
168Trip End Jun 24, 2009
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Bako National Park HQ
Up close, these monkeys look a bit strange. They have 2 prominent features, a long protruding nose (proboscis) and a permanent woody. I'm glad we got a chance to see them because it was the main reason I came here to Bako National Park. Later in the afternoon, we spotted a large male proboscis near the pier and tracked him all the way back to HQ. I haven't looked at my pics yet, but I think I got some better shots of this one as he was a lot closer. This guy was definitely camera shy though because he kept turning his back to us and always managed to move just before I got a clear shot of his proboscises or is that proboscii?
The one thing you have to be careful of is the Macaque monkeys
On our second day, we did a circular trail around the park that took about 4 hours. It's not that long of a walk, but the trails were in such bad condition that I had to slowly pick each step along the way. C kept saying things like, "so far it seems pretty dry" just before we ran into a swamp like trail. and "there aren't very many people on this trail today" just before we ran into a very loud group of Dutch tourists that just stood all over the lookout blocking the view until I had to excuse myself to take a picture
Strangely enough, we had been warned that the food was pretty bad. They weren't kidding. The food here at the Kerangas Cafe pretty much sucks, but at least you don't have to pack all your food in and out by yourselves. They have 4 bed dorms that you can book out for 42RM or 15.75RM/bed. C had booked a bed, but I just showed up and waited for a cancellation. Apparently, someone booked out a whole room and didn't show up because C and I got the room all to ourselves both nights. The bathrooms are not too nice especially since the power was down all the first day. I didn't really have much of a complaint, but we met a couple families from Calgary that had to leave because their children refused to stay there. Spoiled kids, how are they going to go backpacking when get get older? So tonight, we have the entire hostel to ourselves (4 rooms, 16 beds). It's pretty shocking especially when you consider that I couldn't get a booking for even 1 bed. I had planned to stay here for about a week, but with the weather being as bad as it has been, I'll probably leave tomorrow. Unless you are planning on trekking all the way to the far side of the park, Teluk Limau, you really only need to stay 1 night and you can see much of the park's best trails. I had planned to trek out to Teluk Limau and then catch a boat to Pulau Lakei to stay on the island, but they told me the accommodation won't be finished until later this year or next year. So I already have a reason to come back to Borneo.