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Asia » Brunei » Bandar Seri Begawan November 20th 2012

Travelling home, everything went to plan. Got to airport in plenty of time Plane on time Car started (if not first time) Decent drive back It is usual to conclude a blog with summary advice for other a similar trip, Here goes Advice for the Newly Retired contemplating a holiday in Australia Travelling Business Class minimises jet lag and should prevent the long flight spoiling the holiday. Hunt around for a good bargain – we went for Royal Brunei that significantly undercut some of the big players. Check out Trip Advisor for feedback on airlines. Use to select your seats Add variety to holiday – we did a mixture of staying with friends & family; driving and staying in motels; staying in up-market hotels. Don’t be too ambitious. We spent four weeks doing the SE ... read more

Asia » Brunei » Bandar Seri Begawan November 17th 2012

Friday It had eventually stopped raining in the morning - but we took precautions, setting off with kagools and an umbrella. Our first venture entailed hailing a water taxi and then, having confirmed the fare, we were taken over to Kampong Ayer - a village buit on stilts in the river estuary. As we wandered the rickety planks that passed as pavements we were shocked at how friendly the people who live there were - we were clearly very intrusive and they lived in what we would consider to be shanty town conditions. This ancient village is being replaced by new modern stilt houses - but hopefully some of the 'old town' will be kept for nostaglic and tourism purposes. It is worth noting that we have not been challenged by a single beggar in Brunei!! ... read more
Kianggeh Market
Tasek Park Waterfall

Asia » Brunei » Bandar Seri Begawan November 15th 2012

Wednesday We were presented with a wide range of free alcohol @ 10.30am in Cathay Pacific Lounge @ Melbourne Airport. Instead we opted for egg pies, cakes, orange juice and coffee. We were very pleasantly surprised by our hotel in Brunei - our room is very spacious with it's own lounge area, more to Kate's taste than the Customs House in Hobart!! Thursday Gosh it was a tad on the steamy side - hot with bucketfuls of humidity for good measure. After a bountiful and varied breakfast (we avoided the sushi offerings, but we both made a bee-line for the cook-to-order omlettes), we started exploring. The morning's highlight was the Royal Regalia Museum that houses, inter alia, an extensive collection of the Sultan's regalia and presents from overseas dignitaries. After wallking through the humid streets, we ... read more
Swimming Pool in Rain

Asia » Brunei » Bandar Seri Begawan October 8th 2012

Geo: 4.94088, 114.949Most guide books and tourist sites will suggest that Brunei, and Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB) in particular is barren of anything interesting to see or do. And It's true that there is a limit to the number of things to see (and the biggest sight around, the Royal Palace, is off limits), but we found Brunei to be source of fascination. It was less about the sights and more about the history and status of the tiny sultanate (it was also our first ever Sultanate so it was a significant curiosity). Brunei is a monarchy and has been ruled by the same family for over six centuries, and there is almost no chance that Deb P could find it on a map.I did find that the concept of one extraordinarily wealthy family (and one ... read more
Palace Guards
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque
Proboscis Monkey Family

Asia » Brunei » Bandar Seri Begawan July 3rd 2012

The journey back to Kota Kinabalu was pretty uneventful. There was 9 of us leaving camp that day and heading there - us, the 3 English girls and American guy we had travelled out with, another British guy that had been part of our group while we were there and another couple. The jungle bus dropped us off at the 'coffee house' it had picked us up from and the driver gave us the name of the bus company he had arranged to pick us up and told us that the bus would be red and would be there at 10 or shortly after. It was 9:30am, we all crossed the road and sat in the shade of a building. All expect the girls that is, who being typical Brits abroad, flung themselves onto the grass ... read more
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Asia » Brunei » Bandar Seri Begawan June 16th 2012

It is a trip to tarakan as part of Mas Wings expanded wings. Because the flight is at night, I am going to airport after working hours.There are five of Us travelling this time. Four from travel industry and one from press. Ceck-in process is smooth, the boarding process also fast. Like usual, We are transported by bus to the plane on from terminal building. The aircraft is too small to be reached by the airbridge. Mas Wings bring Us to Kota Kinabalu as our first stop. Drink is served in the flight and after 30minutes flying,We are landing safely on Kota Kinabalu Airport. It is almost midnight when we arrived, so the immigration process is fast and the bagage collection also fast. And like usual We stopped on duty free store in the airport to ... read more
The flight for Our own
Kota Kinabalu Intl

Asia » Brunei » Bandar Seri Begawan March 17th 2012

Brunei is located on the northwest coast of Borneo in south east Asia. On the way over to New Zealamd this was a good chance to stop over and experience the country with my Aunth and Uncle who live there. The flight time from England to Brunei is around 18hours, with a re-fueling stop in Dubai. I arrived remarkably wide awake and even if I wasnt the heat once the doors openned would soon shake me to life. The highest on record was 40°C and at the time of me typing this blog its 31°C. I met my uncle at the airport and we drove a little way up the road to visit a mosque right in the heart of the busy streets, named after the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin, this mosque is beautiful and is ... read more
Fish Doctors
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque

Asia » Brunei » Bandar Seri Begawan December 12th 2011

Brunei –Bandar Seri Begawan - An oil rich nation but a tale of two halves. Mt Kinabalu completed and fourteen hours later I'm on a ferry to Brunei along with a very achy body. I don't know what it is about the ferries in Malaysia but they seem to run them like cold storage units and it's simply so uncomfortable. Ok enough of my moaning, I'm grumpy when I'm tired so in all honesty it probably wasn't that bad. Anyway after a quick ferry change on an island mid-way I was on yet another bloody freezing ferry for the last leg of the journey. It was all pretty plain sailing and easy which was a welcome relief because I was exhausted and didn't want a stressful day. After hopping on the local bus I made my ... read more
Brunei - Water taxi's at the ready
Brunei - Boys and their toys
Brunei - Leaving the port at Kota Kinabalu

Asia » Brunei » Bandar Seri Begawan October 13th 2011

We are so close. So why not? I think that would just about sum up why most people visit Brunei Darussalam. I can’t imagine too many jetting in from faraway places just to have a holiday here. Think of Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and other small nations and the same reason will arise. The difference with the aforementioned countries is that they allowed me an easy entry to their countries. Not Brunei though. Australian’s have to pre-arrange a visa for tourism! Germans don’t. French don’t. Not fair I say. What did we ever do to the people of Brunei? Anyway, $5 and 20 minutes later they allowed me to enter because I had a ticket booked to exit in 3 days time and that seemed to make them happy. We only spent 3 days and naturally, you could ... read more
Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque
Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque
Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

Asia » Brunei » Bandar Seri Begawan October 13th 2011

Hi everyone, I’m trying to catch up with my post, because I’m a little late! Ok so last time, I had my legs in pieces after climbing the mount Kinabalu. I left the day after I was at the summit, you should have seen me trying to walk; that was really funny! But anyway, I took the direction of Sandakan, which used to be Sabah’s capital from 1883 to 1946. Sandakan ceased to exist after the WW2 (A mix between Allied bombing and the Japanese burning the city in June 1945). Now Sandakan is a quiet town with a lovely sea front and a few places to visit inside the town, but a lot of activities to do on a day trip. First I visited Sepilok, this is the Orang-utan sanctuary. This sanctuary tries the rehabilitation ... read more
3- Macaque enjoying themself - Macaques s'amusant entre eux

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