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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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    River tour to see proboscis monkeys

    by SurfaceTravel Updated Apr 4, 2011

    We took a ride on a tourist pontoon boat up the Brunei River to see proboscis monkeys. The boat would nose right into the edge of the jungle and we would stay silently for about 15 minutes. The guide would point them out. We saw about four or five, but others saw many more. I didn't get any on film. We did see a monitor lizard and the nostrils and eyes of a crocodile.

    On the way out and back, the boat took us by the "floating village", where all the houses are built up on stilts over the water and people travel by boat. Even though this is the poorer part of the city, this being Brunei, all the houses have electricity, modern plumbing, and cable TV.

    This was booked by the hotel concierge and run by Sunshine Borneo Tours & Travel, otherwise known as Explore Borneo. We had a problem at the end of the tour. We were left stranded at the pier for about an hour after the boat dropped us off. A van was supposed to take us back to the hotel. We got a lot of excuses, but finally found out the true reason of the guide/driver showing some Very Import tour agents from Tokyo an extended tour on the water. After a bit of shouting on my part, they arranged another car to pick us up.

    I also tried to use these guys direct from the Internet. I phoned them once, got a few answers, and was told to e-mail the detailed questions. I never ever got an e-mail back from them, after repeated enquiries. It was only the coincidence that the hotel happens to use this agency that we used them at all.

    I'm not happy with the tour company, but the tour itself was good, and worth the price.

    Tourist pontoon boat Fishing on the Brunei River Crocodile eyes and nostrils Looking for monkeys Brunei River
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    Outdoor Market

    by easterntrekker Written Mar 31, 2011

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    There is an ancient outdoor localmarket on one end of town .We came here hopping to find handicrafts but it was mostly a food market for locals. There were many exotic spices ,fruit ,honey and loads of smelly dried fish!!

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    Royal Military Museum

    by easterntrekker Written Mar 31, 2011

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    The museum is an elaborate and richly design building. It houses the King's chariot and all the gifts given to him my heads of countries at his coronation. Admission is free and its a worthwhile vist .We spent abut an hour here roaming around.We saw the stone walrus given by our country Canada.

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    Golden Mosque

    by easterntrekker Written Mar 31, 2011

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    Built in 1958 the 171 foot high mosque with its pure gold dome can be seen from virtually anywhere in Bandar Seri Begawan. Named after Omar Ali Saifuddien III, the 28th Sultan of Brunei, the mosque as a symbol of the Islamic faith in Brunei . The call for prayer rings out twice a day for all to hear.

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    The Water Village

    by easterntrekker Written Mar 31, 2011

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    There is no problem finding a boat to take you out . They seem to appear from nowhere when yoou approach the waterfront. We negotiated an hour for $15.00. Ou "captain" spoke a little building and was able to point out at least some of the things we were seeing.

    There are about 30000 living in very modest homes here. Quite a contrast to the 1700 room Palace which can be seen in the distance. The village also has a small Mosque ,which can be recognized my the speakers ,needed for the call to prayer ,which are arranged around the top.
    There are also severla small schools in the village.

    the village is connected to the city center by foot bridges but most seem to use boats.

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    make an organized day tour

    by hanspeter_W. Written Mar 27, 2011

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    if u stay on stopover or if you go for a day or two day visit its advisable to make a ful day tour ..you can just organize at airport
    visiting brunei museum, the royal regalia building, shopping mall, sultan omar ali saiffuddien mosque and above all including boat trip to nearby rainforest with big chance to see probiskey monkey in their natural enviroment

    probiskey monkey at mangrove in brunei mangroves near bandar seri begawan view from river near bandar seri begawan center sultan omar ali saifuddien mosque the royal regalia building

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    Turtle Management & Conservation

    by adnan1977 Updated Mar 23, 2009

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    Want to see The Ninja Turtle? Opps not Ninja Turtle. Turtles belong to a reptile. There are 7 types of Turtle live in the world. In Brunei alone, we only have three types of Turtle namely Olive Ridley Turtle, Green Turtle and Hawksbill Turtle.

    In this Turtle Management and Conservation, they provide you a lot of activities for example cleaning the pool for a Turtle. Beside that for those who like to see the turtle laying egg, please arrange with the supervisor. You also can feeds the turtle but in one condition, please bring cucumber.

    You can hold the Turtle too. You can also have a night adventure (seeing the Turtle lays their eggs). In Brunei, Turtles laying eggs between the months of June until November. So don’t miss it.

    Opps! Before that let me tell you this. This Turtle Management and Conservation, belong to Fisheries Department, Ministry of Industry.

    Hawksbill Turtle Olive Ridley Turtle signboard Come here. I want to hold you. Say cheese my little turtle
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    One for the Road

    by Wild_Orchid Updated Nov 17, 2008

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    This picture shows a major road of Bandar Seri Begawan at around 5.30pm. Isn't it amazing, the lack of cars on the road?

    In Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok, the roads would be a snarling mass of traffic horrors at such time of day. The Brunei-ans have a lifestyle that is similar to what I've seen in Kuching. They get home earlier (no traffic jam) and spend time in outdoor activities and with family & friends.

    Hmmm, maybe I should retire here. Life moves at such a leisurely and stress-free pace. For some excitement, I'll buy a Porsche and will have plenty of road to be a speed demon! haha

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    Where have all the people gone?

    by Wild_Orchid Updated Nov 17, 2008

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    As the song goes: This ole heart of town ain’t feeling the beat, that’s for sure.

    Nights at Bandar Seri Begawan are rather quiet: Other than the bright shining beacon of the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin mosque the rest of the old town was surprisingly quiet. For a town wallowing in oil, the streets were dimly lit with few shops open and even fewer people around. I had no worries about the safety of the area and in spite of it’s ghostly quiet feel, it was after all only seven-thirty in the evening.

    The nightlife (which in Bandar Seri Begawan means cineplexes, shopping malls, ice-cream parlours and coffee bars) now centres in the district of Gadong located at the edge of the old town. That was a walk too far for me. Of course, if you are so inclined, it's not hard to catch a cab.

    A main street in town
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    Arabian Nights

    by Wild_Orchid Updated Nov 17, 2008

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    Visit the Mosque at Bandar Seri Begawan



    Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin, father of the present Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, built this mosque in the 1950’s and the mosque is named after Sultan Omar himself.

    It is an impressive sight especially at night when it is floodlit against the dark night sky. Bathed in light, the domes which are coated in gold appear to glow like a shiny golden beacon, calling out to the faithful and promising light in a world of darkness.

    Mosque at night
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