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    Royal Regalia Building

    by Madasabull Written Feb 3, 2014

    This building was actually really pretty nice, and full of some really great items. A load of discarded relics and monuments to the current Sultan of Brunei, and some of them are really beautiful.

    We took our shoes off as everyone did, and marched our way in. After a brief walk around the main hall, we wanted to see the rest of the items, but these were out of view, and you had to leave your bags and sign a book before entering these areas.

    We approached the counter dedicated to this, and were asked if we were part of a larger party, to which we said no, there are just the 2 of us. We were passed the book and told to sign. While we were doing this, others were approaching the counter, stating they were part of a large group, and proceeded to hand over their bags. We still had our bags.

    They were then asked to sign the book, while we looked on, and they were off to see the rest of the items. After about 4 people went through, I said can we go, and the same straight faced, snappy woman, asked us again if we were part of a larger group, to which we said no. She then passed us the book again and asked us to sign. In fact she didn't ask, she told us to sign the book.

    I said we have just done all that right in front of her, and she turned to start asking others for their bags. That was it for me, I had done with Brunei, we just walked straight out of the door.

    There was no need for the way we were treated.

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    Picking up rubbish, for fun.

    by Madasabull Written Feb 3, 2014

    Here is a great tip that will keep you busy, for a very long time. Sure, most countries have piles of rubbish all over the place, but this is Brunei, where the Sultan loves his people and country, gives his people money, discount houses, and it didn't appear to me that the people were struggling to survive, so really no excuse, none at all.

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    Water Taxi's

    by Madasabull Written Feb 3, 2014

    As you walk along the Brunai River, you are shouted at by the drivers of the Water taxis who are the most common means of getting to Kampong Ayer, and getting around really. They will take you to all the houses on stilts that can be seen from the banks, or drive around like mad men with you on board, thinking that you might like it, and you might.

    It looked more like a an attraction, like a ride at a fairground, than a way of getting around. But not for me. Nope, I get sea sick really easy, and the chop created by all the dozen's of water taxi's, would have turned me green in seconds.

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    Beaches

    by Madasabull Updated Feb 3, 2014

    We asked a taxi to take us to the most beautiful beach he new about. I think something got lost lost in translation, as we ended up on a beach that could have been quite nice, but due to no maintenance and lack of interest by the people, it was far from it.

    It may have been however, that this driver believed the beach he took us to, was in fact the most beautiful beach, and if that was the case, then Brunei needs to pull it's finger out and clean the place up.

    It was sad, because as we stood there on what looked like a boat ramp, the view around was really nice, but all around us was litter and other rubbish. The sand was harsh and stoney, the water was muddy brown, and the oil rig just off the coast didn't do much to help either.

    As we turned around, we could see the driver still there, wondering what on earth we were doing, as I am sure spending time on the beach means nothing to most of the people here.

    A beach holiday it isn't.

    Welcome to Brunei We asked the driver to wait, no way was he leaving The rubbish did at colour though.
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    Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

    by heydelin Written Feb 16, 2013

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    After the trip to the mangroves, I went to see the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque which was built in 1958. This is one of the world’s most beautiful mosques.

    There are days and times in day where the Mosque is closed so better to check first the schedule.

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    Royal Regalia Museum

    by heydelin Written Feb 16, 2013

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    Second stop is the Royal Regalia Museum which displays the Silver Jubilee chariot, armory, and collections of gifts to Sultan from different countries. There are parts of the museum where you can take pictures but most parts are prohibited from taking picture. The gallery is the only area where you can take pictures. There is a locker where you have to deposit your bags including phone and camera.

    There is a souvenir shop inside where you can all sorts of Brunei memorabilia.

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    Istana Nurul Iman

    by heydelin Written Feb 16, 2013

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    Our first stop is the Istana Nurul Iman – the official residence of Sultanof Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah. The palace was designed by a Filipino architect Leandro V. Locsin and constructed by a Filipino firm – Ayala International. The palace is open only during Hari Raya (the festival after the end of the Muslim fasting month). This is the largest residential palace in the world containing 1788 rooms, 257 bathrooms, a banquet hall which can accommodate 5000 guests, a mosque which can accommodate 1500 people, 110 garage, and 5 swimming pools. AMAZING!

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    Brunei Museum

    by heydelin Written Dec 14, 2012

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    Brunei Museum is located in Kota Batu about 3 miles from Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB).

    The museum consists of the following galleries:

    Islamic art gallery
    The history and technology of Brunei Darussalam’s petroleum gallery
    Brunei traditional culture gallery
    National history gallery
    Brunei Darussalam archaeology and history exhibition gallery

    Brunei Museum Mural at Brunei Museum
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    Jame’asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

    by heydelin Written Dec 14, 2012

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    Jame’asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque is the largest mosque in Brunei and was built to commemorate 25th anniversary of the sultan’s reign. Phone and camera are not allowed inside so you need to deposit it in the locker area. Also women must put on a black robe upon entering the mosque. The staircase behind me consists of 29 steps (the current sultan is the 29th to rein). For every crowned Sultan, a new mosque and palace should be built.

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    Visit Muara Beach

    by heydelin Written Dec 11, 2012

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    After having breakfast at the hotel, I head to the bus stop just across the place where I was staying. I took Bus No. 55 to Bandar (1 dollar) where I took Bus No. 39 to Muara. At the port in Muara, transfer to Bus No. 33 going to Pantai Muara (Muara bridge).Be very patient in waiting for a bus. It took me 20 minutes to wait for Bus No. 55 in Gadong and it took me an hour to travel to Muara.

    It was 11am when I finally arrived at Muara beach. There were a few people mostly students (it’s a school break) because it is a weekday.

    The beach has white sand. The waves are wild so it is not advisable to swim during that day.

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    Rainforest trekking . Ship wreck diving

    by brunei77 Written Nov 16, 2011

    Rainforest trekking in the Borneo jungle , experience few remaining pristine rainforest in the world before earth turned into a cement city.
    Visit an Asean Heritage site, Tasek Merimbun Black Water Lake
    Visit the world's biggest water village, biggest residential palace in the world.
    Oldest running active Monarchy in the world.
    Visit the billionth barrel monument for billionth oil production of Brunei

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    Urban emphasis

    by Assenczo Updated Aug 29, 2011

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    Brunei or rather Bandar Seri Begawan as a principal town has characteristics very specific and original. In essence this was a vast village on stilts but fortunes changes with the advent of oil. The terra firma ground was developed to accommodate an expanding urban populace. And in these conditions what is more important to glorify then the omnipowerful deity that has brought about this change. It is not Anglo-Dutch Corporation that I have in mind. It is God himself. So let’s build mosques to worship him and thus hope for continuous rosy state of affairs for the centuries to come. The most successful attempt seems to be laid out right downtown with blindingly white mosque surrounded by water in the best traditions of water-hungry traditional Islam. Mind you, it is separated simultaneously from the local tradition of stilt housing which provides one the best pretexts for thinking about the plight of the regular Joe in modern Brunei.

    Jewel in the rough Sunset with religious overtones 1001 nights Autoportrait
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    Trip to The Jungle

    by Assenczo Updated Aug 28, 2011

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    One of the most efficient ways to access the jungle areas of Temburong district of Brunei is to use the services of a tour company. This must sound like a drag but considering that the government of Brunei is taking extremely seriously the preservation of the pristine jungle and turning it into a profitable business this is the way to go. The permit hunt is eliminated and the group package drives the price down of services such as independent hiring of boats upriver. In the end a group package at the time of Ramadan could end up being a private tour because of the low demand.
    A trip to the jungle and the treetop bridges of Temburong is a wonderful experience. And this is not the goal that makes it such but the travel itself. The treetop climb except for the views is nothing special because there is practically no wildlife to be seen. Another matter is the James Bond style drive on a regular commuter boat from Bandar to Bangar amongst a maze of jungle rivers and open sea; then follows an educational drive for 12km to the next point of embarkation. This time the mode of transport is a small boat almost the size of dugout canoe. Special crew of local guides the vehicle through the rapids upriver till the main check point and preferred choice of the rich and famous jungle resort, is reached. After a short period of formalities one is whisked up to the planked walkway up the hill and here you go – your last obstacle. The treetop bridge has several towers interconnected at different altitude and angles. My proffered choice was number one for its unimpeded views but number five has the largest scope. After this strenuous trekking one has to recharge and this is perfectly organized at the banks of the river. A prelude to eating to the brim is a foot massage in the foothills of a mini waterfall and then follows a dip in the fast flowing jungle river. Experience of a lifetime!

    The ultimate prize Upriver action Trekking made easy Fish massage Intercity transport
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    In search of longhouses

    by Assenczo Updated Aug 28, 2011

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    Longhouses are a hallmark of Borneo life as they have been for thousands of years. Nowadays the balance has shifted to more urban life style with easy access to jobs in oil enterprises or towns but the idea is still there. The houses being expanded with the newlywed arrivals who procreate and thus expand the need for more room and hence elongating the original house. While the houses themselves might be the primary goal, there are parks along the way that are worth the stop despite the terrible humidity. One of them on the way to the town of Labi is a marsh habitat brilliantly approached by planked walkways and shaded gazebos. Another stop is a park smack in the middle of virgin jungle nicely equipped with marking and even railings for the most challenging areas. Again, the major obstacle to glory is the humidity that almost paralyzes the will to continue and see more of the same greenery that with the foggy eye glasses turns into undistinguishable mass.

    Jungle marshes Jungle streams Jungle people Furthest longhouse The end of the road
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    Monkey business

    by Assenczo Written Aug 28, 2011

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    There are a couple of options for a boat trip in and about Bandar that can be organized absolutely spontaneously at the river front. One of them is a ride to the proboscis monkeys’ hideouts. Compared to what the agencies offer for similar excitement this version is a huge deal. Meanwhile depending on your good luck you get to now a local person, who in the process of becoming a budding naturalist guide, not only informs you about the monkeys but keenly asks for feedback from your part of the world. The monkey joint is not very far and includes a close glimpse of the sultan’s palace roofs. The animals are occupying a mangrove forest which in itself is an “attraction”. Eventually the monkeys show up on their way to devour the most delicious leaves in their path. Unfortunately, these are wild animals with a healthy dose of fear from humans, so the distance that they keep is considerable especially in this leafy environment. This is rather important because what one comes for is to see the weird nose of the adult males that hangs about as an overripe pear on their faces. To enjoy the full view from very close range one might consider a visit to a zoo, Singapore one being the closest at hand, to supplement the safari action if it did not live up to the expectation.

    Mangrove kingdom Eating their way in Zoo redemption
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