By Land to Brunei
Favorite thing: Brunei is a small enough country but there are more things to do than just a few hours unless of course you want to boast you have been to Brunei. If you want to just to go to the border town of Kuala Belait there are buses leaving from Miri. some of those buses carry on to Seria and BSB the capital. many travelers arrive from miri and tracel to BSB via bus (many hours but direct buses available or one change of buses) and then go on to Labuan in Sabah. Check the visa situation as well.
Favorite thing: One of the highlights in Brunei is his Majesty the Sultan's Birthday celebration. Its a great time for Bruneians as well as for tourist.
Tourist can see the celebration, the streets lit up with decorations and sample all the different types of local foods at the night stalls.Related to:
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Favorite thing: The Mosque is interesting to see and its surrounding. We just look at it outside, there were rules of compliance to meet. I am not a muslim so I was very scared I may not be dressed enough to their standard. The river is a busy place for people who cross to the other side by smaller boat. It is amazing people live in the river with their houses just above the water level. The water is always muddy. I wonder what happen if there is heavy rain and the water rises up. The house construction look so weak. There is nothing much to do in Brunei.
Fondest memory: We only spent 24 hours there, just a stop over to connect to our flight the next day. I would have love to see the palace of the Sultan of Brunei.Related to:
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Favorite thing: I was very glad that there were many Filipinos in Brunei. It seems everywhere we go, there are filipinos!!! In the Hotel, Jewelry stores, Shopping malls, Souvenir shops, etc etc!!! What gave life to our somewhat boring visit is that there is a Jolibbee in Darussalam!!! Yehey!!!Related to:
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10 places you must see in Brunei
Favorite thing: Brunei Darussalam offer a good place to visit but unfortunately most of the tourist didn't know that. Well therefore i better expose my country to world.
Brunei Darussalam is a small country and there are a lot of travel agent in Brueni which offer a good price. For example: Ulu ulu Temburung national Park offer you to stay one night. Well if you need more info just go to this website : www.uluuluresort.com.
Meanwhile Mona Flora Fauna Tours offers you Sungai Brunei Night Safari. Here you can see hundred fireflies and it reminds us christmas day. Beside that you can see the palace. And if you are lucky, you can see freshwater and saltwater crocodile.
For those who like Para sailing, banana boat and flying fish just contact Dolphin seasport.
Want to taste some traditional foods of Brunei. Then have an experience a Typical Brunei Fishing Village. It is operated ny Mona Fauna Tours.
Sailing, sailing sailing. Want to go sailing in Brunei? Vistor of the yatch can choose from a variety of activities which include Day sailing, Sunset tours, Fine dining, Business Meeting, Honeymoon Cruise, wedding pictures, family trip, fishing . Dont worry the captain is the experience person. He is from Germany. His name is Captain Peter Moeller.
Not enough! Well go to ulu temburong Day trip Adventure. It is protected and preserved for scientific research and low impact of visitor. If you want the adventure please contact freme travel .
Next, try Ulu kitani Package. Come and join at ulu melilas Longhouse. Experience the way of longhouse's living in their dailylife. Have fun in the hot spring, stunning waterfall and many more.
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Longer Stay in Brunei
Favorite thing: I will side more with cfank's post. if you want to get away and rest, traipsing to Sandakan and Mulu caves are not the answer. But bear in mind, Brunei has limited things to do. it is a very compact country.
I used to spend my school holidays in Kuala Belait where my father worked as a doctor, and i still remember my long summer holidays as magical.
Apart from doing the town and taking it easy, you could go down to Kuala Belait which is a rather sleepy town but charming ( rent a car which is even betterm and then stop at Seria on the way and also at the variou villages on the way. A day trip to the temburong park area is very interesting. day trip to labuan is also worthwhile.
when you enter the country, please ask for multiple entry visa, so that you can go an visit Labuan or Sarawak if you like.
There are many south indian restaurants and also a nice food court by the water in Brunei town.
Given the choice between Singapore and Brunei, both claimed to be boring by Asians, I would choose Brunei. The local people are very nice, not fanatic as the ones in Malaysia, I saw people drinking at the hotel i was staying in.
Peooples concepts of holidays are very different, Asians seem to want to do thousand things while they are travelling, but my next trip ( i dont consider travelling between Paris and Cuba as "trips"), is 15 days in Cochin and I am going to do much what you are planning to do: sit by the pool, read the books I have been missing, massage therapy, good food and quality time with those you love. Go to Brunei, with a positive attitude, it is a good place to get away from it all..
History - Brunei 27th Sultan (1924-1950)
Favorite thing: As a stamp collector, I am fascinated by the Bruneian royal history.
Unlike other countries in the British Empire, it is the potrait of the Brunei Kings or Sultans rather than King George VI or Queen Elizabeth II that appears on the postage stamps.
Per history, the lineage of Brunei Kings or Sultans started back in the 14th century.
Sultan Ahmad Tajuddin ruled from 1924-1950. During his reign, "black liquid gold" or oil was first discovered in Seria in 1929.
Other significant event, the Japanese landed in Brunei in 1941 and the British returned in 1945. So there are stamps with with "Japanese War Occupation" that are rare and valuable. Just beware of fakes.
The Sultan has a long reign and celebrated his majesty Silver Jubilee in 1949.
Brunei - Geography
Favorite thing: In my humble opinion, Brunei is relatively small and remote.
It is located on the tropical island of Borneo, facing the South China Sea and just 5 degrees north of Equator.
While Borneo is the world's largest island after Greenland and New Guinea, the land share occupied by Brunei is very small, with just 1%. The bulk of Borneo island belongs to Sarawak and Sabah states of Malaysia and Kalimantan of Indonesia.
Fortunately, Brunei does have a a lion's share when it comes to oil and natural gas deposits.
Brunei is physically divided into two a Western and Eastern section by sea and by the land strip Limbang of Sarawak, Malaysia.
Over 97% of Bruneians live in the western section. Two thirds of the population are Malays with a Chinese minority and other ethnic groups and foreign expatriates.
Geographical size = 5.8K sq km. Population = 372K
Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque - Dramatic entrance
Favorite thing: Again, though I have seen many mosques of different architecture designs and styles, I was captivated by the unique dramatic sharp angles of the the 3 arched entrance of the mosque.
It probably make a deep impression to any devout Muslim worshippers entering the mosque.
It definitely made an impression for this traveller who thought of speeding through but stayed a little longer to enjoy this dramatic artwork of man for God.
Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque - Marble floor, columns
Favorite thing: Was mesmerized by the whiteness and softness of the columns like vanila ice cream cones.
The marble floor on our bare feet was cool. It must have cost a bundle to build this beautiful courtyard. No doubt the best artisans and best material was used.
Do spend some time just to linger around and appreciate the beauty around you - feast your eyes (smell the roses).
History - Brunei 28th Sultan (1950-1967)
Favorite thing: The 28th King of Brunei was Sultan Sir Muda Omar Ali Saifuddien III. The Sultan was the younger brother of the 27th Sultan.
The Sultan used the Kingdom new found oil to develop Brunei. One of the Brunei's famous mosques was built during his reign. So the Sultan has been fondly remembered as "Architect of Modern Brunei".
The Sultan is allso made an important decision of refusing to join the Federation of Malaysia in 1963.
The Sultan voluntarily abdicated in 1967 in favor of his eldest son.
The full name of his majestic was Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Kairi Waddien and to honor his majesty contributions, Brunei Town was renamed Bandar Seri Begawan.
His majesty passed away in 1986.
Where is the oil?
Favorite thing: Brunei produces around 20,000 barrels of oil per day, being the third largest producer of oil in Southeast Asia and 7th largest exporter of liquified natural gas in the world. The major oil and gas companies are Brunei Shell Petroleum and various groups and the Brunei government.
We saw many oil storage facilities along the coast at Seria. But the actual extraction are off shore, in the continental shelf off the coast of Brunei.
If you are lucky, you can take a helicopter flight or a fast boat to view these off shore sites.
Brunei 29th King - Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah
Favorite thing: Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah ascended the throne on October 5, 1967 following the voluntary abdication of his father. He was the eldest son.
His majesty was as coronated as the 29th Sultan in 1968.
In 1984, Brunei obtained frull independence from the British and joined the UN at the same year.
His majesty can be seen often on television at international summits like Asean, Asia-Pacific and OIC.
Official website: http://www.brunei.gov.bn/government/index.htm
Free this...Free that
Favorite thing: Local Bruneians enjoy free medical services and education.
There is no personal income tax.
With only over 370,000 citizens to share this Kingdom's oil and gas resources!
Consider moving to Brunei? OK but no alcohol.
There is an international school for primary and secondary for expatriates - though not free.
Favorite thing: The current ruler of Brunei, the 29th in a line of succession going back more than six centuries, is - are you ready? - is Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam. He took over when his father abdicated in 1967 and although much of the power in the country is in his hands - apart from being Sultan, he is also Prime Minister, Defence Minister and Finance Minister - he is a benevolent ruler, who has spent his country's oil wealth on providing excellent welfare facilities for his citizens. Succession seems to be fairly safe, since the Sultan has ten children: four princes and six princesses. I wonder if they are allowed to drive the Sultan?s famous collection of expensive sports cars?
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