Brunei recommendations?

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1. Posted by sarusan (Full Member 61 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I'll be there for a few days in November. Don't know much about it, but thought it would be an interesting alternative to Malaysia or Indonesia as I'm on my way from Thailand to Aus.

Any thoughts, advice, recommendations, general impressions etc?

2. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Sarusan,

Brunei looks great! When I eventually get to Malaysia I'm gonna fly out to Sabah and climb Mount Kinabalu. If you're into diving, apparently there are some great spots out there. Here's part of an article that I was reading the other day:

Malaysia is a fascinating country that is strongly emerging as a new tourist destination.

Its rising popularity would be in part to the variety of holiday experiences available.

For city people and the shop-oholics, KL is every girls dream. All the shops are in one stretch and the range from the budget to the designer is incredible. As well as mix of sightseeing, KL makes a good stop.

If the beach is really your thing, then you won't beat Langkawi. Nestled up near the Thai boarder this quiet unassuming island is a great place to really relax.

Penang on the other hand is an entirely different island, although you might spend a few days around the pool at your resort, Penang has a vibrancy and energy that keeps it going. Georgetown is a must see with it's eclectic cultural mix and fabulous food!

Malaysia's diversity really comes into play when you account for Borneo. Making up the north of Borneo are Malaysia's states of Sabah & Sarawak. Land of the head-hunters, orangutan's and the world largest flower, you could spend weeks really exploring here.

In Sarawak, Kuching is the main city and actually has a lot to do and see in itself, but the real treasure is down the river. Made up of huge river network, Sarakwak's culture and people have built their lives along the waterways, living in longhouses. If you do nothing else, going to stay in a longhouse is a unique cultural experience.

Sabah, in contrast is quite a different state. The main attractions lie out of the city in the near-by islands for snorkelling or diving, the fabulous Mt Kinabalu for trekking and or course the wildlife. Home of the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Sanctuary and Turtle Island, seeing the wildlife in it's natural home should be high on your priorities.

Malaysia has so much to offer, of which we only touched on the highlights, if not through about a holiday to Malaysia, maybe you should think again. "

Sounds good, doesnt it? :)

3. Posted by sarusan (Full Member 61 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Yes, it does sound good, but I'm not going to Malaysia! Yes, I'm going to the island of Borneo, but just to Brunei specificially, which is a separate country in Borneo.

4. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


I have been there for educational visit in 2003 as I studied in Labuan island. So, the distance between Labuan and Brunei is considered short.

Bandar Seri Begawan - capital; a very small 'town' but clean and people there are friendly. You must not miss out the 15th July in Istana Nurul Imam - the Royal Istana for His Majesty the sultan's birthday - Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.

Go and pay a visit there but be prepared it is VERY crowded as many people from all around the world will put you in a long queue and to wait for your turn to shake hand with His majesty the Sultan. Speak politely and do some stroll around the istana (some said even the toilet bowl is made of gold but i didn't have the chance to witness it as it's too crowded)

If you are keen on theme park...there's a 'used-to-be' famous Jelutung Park; it's famous coz it's for free completely, but again...this is the PAST-TIME STORY and now it's no more free.

Don't forget to visit 2 royal mosques in Brunei...(must go!!)
1.Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque
2.Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

And Kampung Ayer in Bandar Seri Begawan - dont miss that out! Just say Hi to those's a well-known Malay heritage. Another village somewhere in ...let me recall...ah! Kampung Labi in Kuala Belait is quite unique...not sure of the route coz i used to have a friend from there but now lost contact!

I've been to Lumut Beach in Kuala Belait - just okay

Generally, Tutong, Kuala Belait and Temburong are uideal for nature-lovers. If you would like to extend some more, please visit to sarawak's Mulu Cave system - just at the boundary between Brunei and Miri, Sarawak (I'll be going to Mulu Cave in December 2005).

For more, go and visit this website:

Don't worry, the food there is cheap eventhough Brunei is considered one of the wealthiest nation in the world. Their Malay is a bit different compared to Peninsular Malaysia but learning a new language is fun anyway.

Bon Voyage!


5. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Anyway, Like Samsara's say, i would recommend you to go to Sabah or Sarawak coz i found there is even more rich in culture - 30 ethnics only in Sabah...imagine that!

Ah! If you do have some time, go and take a look at University of Brunei..quite old but they are looking for lecturers with high pay!


6. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Oops! I got it into my head that Brunei was another name for Borneo.Sorry!