Being the largest state in Malaysia, it is said that if you want to visit every national park in the state, you will need a whole month to complete the list.
Of course, each park has its own ‘star attractions’, it can be wild orangutans, proboscis monkey. the largest flower in the world, the biggest cave system, or early signs of human inhabitants dated back from 40,000 years back; it is all there in the parks.
Although some of the parks are quite remote, there are also several that easy-to-get-to from Sarawak major city. You may visit them for a half-day tour and then pampered yourself at your hotel on the same day.
A visit to any national parks are the best way to sample Sarawak’s treasure. Whether you want to include it in your itinerary, or just an impromptu plan; this is 5 of the best national park in Sarawak, ranked by TripAdvisor.
#5. Kuching Wetlands National Park
Gazetted as a national park in 2002, Kuching Wetlands National Park located 15 kilometers from the city center and around 5 km from Damai Beach.
The wetland park comprised of a mangrove system that has an extensive network of waterways, interconnecting Sibu Laut and Salak River.
To explore the park, you will need to take the river by boat, and usually, these boats that operate there will cruise along the main waterways that will take up half a day. Depending on which tour you choose, some of them will stop at Salak Island and there you will visit a local fishing village. Some of the tours will bring you to Santubong and Salak river estuaries and search for the Irrawady Dolphins or spotting wildlife
#4. Niah National Park
Niah National Park provides some interesting and impressive sights. The area was a major center of human settlement as early as 40,000 years ago.
The park has a visitor center and good accommodation and is very easy to get around, thanks to an extensive network of plank walks.
A flashlight and good walking shoes are absolutely essential – the caves are unlit, and the plank walk can become slippery from the constant dripping of water and bat guano from the ceiling of the cave. A wide-brimmed hat is desirable, for obvious reasons.
The Park is located on the Sungai Niah, about 3 km from the small town of Batu Niah, 110 km south-west of Miri.
#3. Kubah National Park
Just 20 kilometers from the State capital, Kubah National Park is a favorite destination for local day-trippers and they also provide overnight accommodation for visitors wanting to stay longer.
Popular with local people are the waterfalls and clear jungle streams where you can cool off after trekking through the jungle on well-marked paths that been color-coded according to its difficulty levels.
Do note that there is a cut-off time to enter these trails which is at 2pm.
#2. Bako National Park
The star of Bako National Park is undoubtedly the proboscis monkey, the big-nosed, pot-bellied comedian of the rainforest and if birds are your interest, more than 190 species live at Bako, including some rare varieties. The birds and animals are easy to find along the 18 color-coded walking trails that offer full-day jungle hikes to gentle strolls.
The park covers the northern tip of the Muara Tebas peninsula and it has been established as a national park since 1957. It contains a rich variety of wildlife as well. Unlike other park, visitors coming here are almost guaranteed to see wildlife since the area is quite small.
To get to Bako National park, you will need to drive about 37 km from Kuching and head to Kampung Bako. From there, take a chartered boat around 30 minutes to the park HQ.
#1. Mulu National Park
Gunung Mulu National Park is named after Mount Mulu, the second-highest mountain in Sarawak and it is an area of exceptional natural beauty, with striking primary forest, karst terrain, mountains, waterfalls, and the largest caves on earth!
The 52,864-ha park contains seventeen vegetation zones, exhibiting some 3,500 species of vascular plants and also a very unique-looking karst formation.
Other than the greens, Gunung Mulu is one of the four UNESCO World Heritage sites in the country; and they received the recognition in 2000.
Getting here however might be a tough task since the only way to reach the area is by flight that operated by MASWings, a subsidiary of Malaysian Airlines which offers daily flights to Mulu from Miri, Kuching, or Kota Kinabalu.
Because of the location as well as limited flight coming in and out, visitors are recommended to place your booking for accommodation and guides beforehand especially on the peak season in June to September and holiday periods.
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