It happened after lunch.
Lunch looked kinda cool but it was awful.
There’s a canteen in Bako National Park which serves a variety of rice, noodles and local dishes. For a few dollars, I think, you get a plate which you can heap with as much food as you want.
But the food was cold, hard and tasteless.
There’s like fish, and chicken and a few curry things, too, but I didn’t take any of them because they looked dodgy.
Or maybe I just wasn’t that hungry. I was hot and tired after a morning of climbing mountains and trudging through swamps, and sleepy after not having slept much for a few nights in a row.
But what happened after lunch woke me up.
Our two tour guides wanted to show us more creatures, such as cute monkeys.
Here’s a picture of Anastasia, our main guide:
I don’t have a picture of Alex, our secondary guide, which is just as well (and you will find out why, soon).
We were trekking around the chalet grounds. Yes, you can stay in Bako National Park. But I wouldn’t because it looks really creepy, the perfect setting for a horror movie.
The view from inside the chalet:
And you have scary neighbours, such as an exceptionally large sunbathing monitor lizard:
It trotted off after a while, probably realising that it had paparazzi on its tail:
I’m getting to the story.
Shortly after, we came upon a green tree pit viper. Alex found it first. I mean, it’s really amazing how our guides are able to spot camouflaged creatures a mile away.
We spent the next ten minutes furiously clicking our cameras at the viper, while Anastasia went off to look for monkeys.
We eventually got tired of gawking at the viper, which fortunately didn’t jump at us or anything like that. Alex said he’d take us to Anastasia, so we followed him down this walkway.
Suddenly, Alex let out a bloodcurdling shriek, jumped backwards very violently and started racing towards us, yelling all the time, like, “AaaaaH AAAAAHHH AAAAIIIEEEEEE!!”
Shocked, we all jumped back. I almost died of fright. I thought that maybe a hungry man-eating carnivore had strolled out of the forest in front of Alex or something like that.
He continued screaming and yelling and jumping as if a swarm of bees were attacking him.
Nothing was attacking him. We stood rooted to the spot in fright, waiting.
Anastasia appeared from the other end of the walkway.
“What happened?” she shouted.
To which Alex replied, very emotionally, “It’s a snake!! Arrghh! I hate snakes I hate snakes!!”
At this point of time, I burst out laughing. I was instantly reminded of that silly cult hit from years ago, Badgerbadgerbadger.
By the time I saw the snake, I didn’t have much time to take a good shot of it before it disappeared under the walkway. It was really quick!
Actually, what I managed to take was a photo of Javad and Lili taking photos of the snake.
To be honest, I didn’t dare to go too near.
After the snake disappeared and we all nervously sprinted past the spot where it was hiding under the walkway, we were able to have a leisurely laugh while Alex explained vehemently that he hated snakes and they gave him goosebumps and so on.
That was quite funny.
In the end, we didn’t get to see any monkeys. We heard them, though. But they kept running from us and we could never get near.
There are supposed to be silver leaf monkeys in that area. I found this photo in someone’s Flickr:
Cute, isn’t it?
Following this, just about five metres from the snake, we came across pretty red dragonflies.
Which was a nice finale to our Bako National Park outing.
Actually, the nice finale was finding out that high tide had ENTIRELY covered our dock, so there was NO DOCK from which we could take a boat back to the mainland.
That meant we had to walk through a beach and then wade out to a part of the sea deep enough for boats to moor.
The beach was very nice. We kinda hung out there to camwhore for a bit.
From left: Juraida, Lili, Sheylara, Nicholas, Wai Kit, Soh, Javad.
Nicholas wanted to do some jumping shots.
And then someone got the bright idea to do a group jumping shot!
We only did one take because we had to rush off to our next location.
Here’s the shot, taken by Javad!
The journey out to the boats was actually quite fun. We had to remove our shoes.
And everyone had to stop for a while because Nicholas and Lili wanted to camwhore in the water.
Deeper and deeper.
I tried to take a photo of my legs half submerged in the water, but it didn’t work very well.
Lili’s parting shot:
I have no idea what her expression meant. Maybe she was having a premonition of what was to come.
Because, a minute after this shot was taken, she fell into the water while trying to get into her boat.
Well, she didn’t hurt herself, just got drenched. Hehe.
I didn’t actually witness her accident because I was at that time trying to get into my boat. I only found out when we arrived at the mainland and saw her dripping wet. Haha.
The journey back was quite uneventful. No crocodiles this time. Just a few playful dolphins too quick to photograph.
And that concludes my three-part Bako National Park report.
I wouldn’t have gone there on my own because parks are not normally my thing. But I was glad to have been made to go. It was truly an experience!
If you’re interested in paying a visit, more info can be found here.