The next day was fine weather, just perfect for our trip to Bako National Park. According to the websites I have read, it is a must-go.
And I agree.
We had to take a boat ride out to the island. The river bank was lined with mangroves and we even spotted a crocodile sunning itself.
There were a few tracks to choose from and we decided on Telok Pandan trail, which is not too long. It is expected to take us about 90 minutes to complete the trail. There are two trails actually, one Teluk Pandan Kecil and Teluk Pandan Besar.
Both track overlaps except for the last part of their respective trails. Our main one is actually Kecil; Besar is just a 10-minute detour from the Kecil track.
Some of the sights which I saw:
At the end of the Pandan Besar trail, the view was beautiful. We were standing on top of a cliff and this was what I saw.
We turned back to the Pandan Kecil trail. It took us another 20 minutes before we reached this wonderfully tranquil and white-sandy beach. We also saw a dead jellyfish washed on shore (picture 2 below).
A boat came to pick us up from the Pandan Kecil beach. On the ride back, it started to rain and once again, we were drenched. That's twice in 2 days.
We went for lunch at a restaurant in a Malay kampung and ordered miding (local vegetable), chicken (fragrant and yummy), steamed white pomfret and hor jian. The hor jian is a little different from the ones that I have eaten. It's dry and there is crunchy prawn crackers around it.
I quite love it. Nyk didn't; he prefers them to be wetter. There is no starch but lots of eggs.
After that, we visited a temple nearby. And then it was time to head back to the hotel.