Friday, August 01, 2008

Bako keeps luring visitors

THE proboscis monkey or orang belanda, Borneo’s internationally-renowned protected animal, is not the only reason why tourists return in droves for more. Bako National Park is the other.

Borneo’s first and oldest national park has long been the popular choice of repeat visitors.

Located on Muara Tebas Peninsula and gazetted as a national park five decades ago, not much of its natural ambience and wildlife have been disturbed.

Only accessible by sea from the Bako fishing village, about a 20-minute drive from Kuching, foreigners account for 70% of the 30,000 annual visitors.

Park manager Siali Aban attributes the 2,727ha park’s popularity to its privacy and quietness.

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