The monkeys of Bako National Park
Heading slowly in to wild Bako National Park from the sea it appears your boat is about to run aground amongst dense mangroves. A narrow channel suddenly opens up to reveal a small dock, however, and from here you can explore the park on a multitude of trails, bridges and boardwalks. From coastal cliff and sandy beach, through rolling hills to peaks, Bako National Park is a wild jungle delight for its dense vegetation, profusion of wildlife -particularly monkeys- and dramatic sweeps of beach and sea stack islets. The bulb nosed, fat-gutted proboscis monkeys live in the forest, alongside silver leaf monkeys, monitor lizards, bearded pigs and the ever-playful long-tail macaques. This is perhaps the world’s cheekiest monkey, so be sure to keep your sunnies or uneaten food tucked away; the ones around the dock are keen to steal anything not bolted down, though elsewhere in the park they’re just inquisitive and fearless, rather than kleptomaniac.