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Asia » Brunei » Bandar Seri Begawan July 18th 2018

BEAUTIFUL, HOT BRUNEI Will I ever feel strong and capable again? Brunei was a bad dream. It is a beautiful country but I caught a bug and I am still under the weather. I will have to return another time to see its splendor. I think I read that the King's Palace is the most expensive in the world but it is only open to the public three days a year. In fact, it is so secluded only the roof is visible. In order to catch a glimpse of it you must take a water taxi. I was feeling good when I arrived in the airport at Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. I had a hotel already booked, The Jubilee, some plans for sightseeing and diving, and the hotel had free shuttle service. I checked at the ... read more

Asia » Brunei » Bandar Seri Begawan June 10th 2018

V tejto krajine som pobudol len dve noci a aj to len v hlavnom meste tak sa mi to tazko hodnoti. Ale aspon som si odskrtol dalsiu krajinu zo zoznamu. Ludia tu boli dost priatelsky, jedlo ok aj cenovo, len problem ho bolo jest vonku, bo bol prave ramadan. Cakal som vsak lepsi stav ciest a luxusne mhd busy, co sa nenaplnilo. BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN V tomto meste by som si vedel predstavit este jednu noc a dat si mensiu turu na blizky kopec. Mesto je v pohode zdolatelne pesi. Mesita pekna, obydlia na rieke tiez fajn ale inak nic zaujimave. Ludi v meste minimum. Mozno kvoli ramadanu Ubytko Joy rest house - singel, ac, share sprcha, ranajky. Lobby fajn, len moc vyklimovane, wifi fungovala iba v lobby, majitelia v pohode. Ranajky slabucke, izba by bola ... read more

Asia » Brunei » Bandar Seri Begawan May 25th 2018

Rano nabieham na ranajky. Plnena buchta, sendivce, cokonatierka cierny sendvic + caj. Po jedle nahadzovanie dalsich cs ziadosti do taipei. Zatal mi odpovedaju zaporne ale vraj stretko moze byt. Fakt som zvedavy kolko ich realne aj pride. Ked to bude take ako v cinskom sne, tak dakujem pekne. V kk mam jednu cs ale budem jej pomahat so stahovanim. Som pytal jej adresu, ze kam mam prist. Odpoved ma prekvapila, nevie adresu, mam sa ozvat ked dorazim. Som zvedavy ako ked nemam net. Asi sa na to vyserem, uvidim po prichode. Do kk skusim kombi lod-lod-bus. Len nevim o kolkej ide lod z labuan do menumbog a co som kukal bus na nete, ten je vypredany (to nemusi byt ovsem pravda). Priamy bus z brunea je najdrahsi (45bd) a ide cez kopu hranicnych prechodov. Este sa ... read more

Asia » Brunei » Bandar Seri Begawan May 24th 2018

Ubytko opustam okolo 7.30, na recepcii este nikto, klucik nechavam na stole. Nevim z coho ale mam sracku, zeby si telo odvyklo od alkoholu? Vonku na chodniku rozlozeny predavaci roznych starych veci. Moj roti clovek na parkovisku este nefungoval tak zapadam k indom na vajcove roti. Po jedle na bus stanicu puduray central. Ta sa oproti minulajsku pouziva skoro len na odchody busov na lestiko. Prve podlazie je plne prazdnych obchodikov. V prizemi su opustene nastupiska. Mne to ide z nastupista cislo 4. Okolo 8.35 smer letisko. Cestou zaujali kostoliky medzi vyskovymi budovami. Premavka v pohode, cca za hodinu vystupujem na druhej zastavke klia. Hej leti mi to z klia2 ale spravil som osudovu chybu. Pytal som sa cestujuceho ci prva zastavka je klia 2 international, on, ze nie a kam letim. Brunei, on tiez. Len ... read more

Asia » Brunei » Bandar Seri Begawan May 1st 2018

Tuesday 1st May 2018 Brunei is very green and clean and everywhere there are notices telling people to keep Brunei green and clean. The word “Darussalam” in Arabic means “abode of peace” and it is indeed a peaceful place. There is no litter, no graffiti, no smoking in public and of course no alcohol at all. By 10 p.m. the roads are quiet, and the streets are empty, even in the very centre of the city, Bandar Seri Begawan, where we are staying. They aren’t party people here! As well as the beautifully kept public gardens and immaculately clean streets in the city, most of the land is still covered by untouched rainforest. There are no palm plantations here. Thanks to the wealth generated by the off-shore oil fields, there has never been any need to ... read more
Walkway over the Mosque lagoon
A replica of the Royal Barge in marble and stone
View from our window: Sungai Kianggeh

Asia » Brunei » Bandar Seri Begawan March 28th 2018

The large island of Borneo is home to two very diverse countries. While Brunei is one of the wealthiest in the world and one of the most religiously conservative, Sabah as part of the Federation of Malaysia, is a secular country with a much lower GNP than its rich neighbor. The Sultan of Brunei rules his tiny kingdom quite strictly and has recently enacted Sharia Law. Elaborate mosques and glistening palaces abound and the roads and other infrastructure are first rate. We arrived at the port of Maura and took the shuttle into Bandar Seri Begawan the main city of Brunei. We always like to hire a boat and tour the stilt villages that line the river. Suzanne, Rose Anne and Bernadette joined us on the boat ride. The stilt life is one that we totally ... read more

Asia » Brunei » Bandar Seri Begawan September 29th 2017

I arrived in Bandar Seri Bagwan the capital city of the Sultanate of Brunei Darusalam a little after 5pm after a very comfortable eight hour fight, Royal Brunei airlines are very generous with leg room and the flight was only about half full which left meant I had an empty seat next to me. After a minor mix up with my visa I was through customs and boarding a van to the hotel, it was so nice to have free airport pick up and have them actually turn up. The journey to the hotel did not take long the city is compact so I was soon settling into my very comfortable room which has all the modern conveniences, I had asked reception to try and get me on a trip out to Temburong National Park for ... read more
Crossing the Sungai Brunei
From the river
A small stilt village

Asia » Brunei » Bandar Seri Begawan September 18th 2017

The plane to Brunie from Manila was not even half full. Just goes to show how few Filipinos go there. We arrived late at night and were hoping to be able to walk to our hotel. The immigration officer asked for return tickets which I didn’t have since we were taking the ferry to Malaysia with no prior reservation. I showed him my ticket for Manila from Kota Kinabalu and I was relieved that that was enough. We walked out of the airport only to go back after aimlessly wandering because there was no walkway for pedestrians. We had no choice but to take the expensive taxi. We paid about $16 for a ten minute ride. Strange that we didn’t find any ATM there. Good thing we brought US dollars. Our room was too expensive for ... read more
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque
Kampong Ayer
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque

Asia » Brunei » Bandar Seri Begawan June 25th 2017

Arrived in Borneo. Just a brief stopover in Brunei prior to our ferry to Kota Kinabalu tomorrow. Long plane rides seem to be getting more uncomfortable but at least the inflight entertainment is progressing. Haven't seen much of Brunei as quite a short taxi ride to our "hotel". We all had noodles in a street cafe, cheap and cheerful. Really know we're back in SE Asia. It's the end of Ramadan and the fireworks are going off all around us in celebration, otherwise it's very quiet. Looking forward to some snorkelling action in KK and exploring while Al and Ol climb the mountain.... read more

Asia » Brunei » Bandar Seri Begawan February 28th 2017

Bandar Seri Begawan may be Brunei's capital city, but it doesn't have a big city feel to it. The bus from Seria took about two hours and our hotel was just round the corner from the dark and dingy surroundings of the bus station. The Brunei Hotelwas very comfortable and, while a bit more expensive than what we normally go for, very good value because of its central location. We have to say, the city exceeded all our expectations. This began with our visit to the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque. Yes, it's quite a mouthful. It is breathtakingly beautiful from the outside and non-Muslims are allowed inside. Even though we were appropriately dressed, we still had to borrow a smock each to go in. Once inside we were struck by the simplicity of the design, ... read more
Ceremonial Barge
Kampong Ayer
Floating Market of Yesteryear

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