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Sep 2, 2006 - Limbang, Malaysia

Our ride to Limbang, a Malaysian town sandwiched between the two 'slices' of Brunei, started out late. We took our time writing postcards over some kopi and saying goodbye to the orderly city of BSB. By the time we hit the road, so did everyone else. Traffic was non-stop and drivers not so keen to keep their distance. At one point I rammed into a car with my right handle bar (leaving a small dent). I was going straight and the car decided to take a left turn right in front of me (cars in Brunei drive on the left). The driver didn't even...

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Aug 29, 2006 - Brunei

Brunei is one of the smallest countries in the world, as well as one of the wealthiest. It is a tiny Islamic sultanate presided over by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, the 29th of his line. The country's full name is Negara Brunei Darussalam, translated as 'Brunei, the abode of peace'. It is virtually impossible to obtain alcohol in Brunei, and there is barely anyone on the streets past 9pm. You can set your clock to the 5am prayer coming from a nearby Mosque, of which there are many. Brunei economy is...

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Feb 13, 2006 - M/S Nautica - Oceania Cruise --> Part 1

Oceania Cruise - Pagodas and Palaces onboard the M/S Nautica Working in the travel industry and having taken many cruises I could not help but write up the first section of our cruise as a review and overview on the ship, cruise line and our experience. Part 2 of our cruise gives and overview of the ports of call we visited on our glorious two weeks at sea. A piece of luxury on our year long journey - we loved every minute of our cruise on board the M/S Nautica with Oceania Cruise Lines. Oceania is a small, newer cruise line that was born...

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Nov 16, 2005 - Brunei - Bandar Seri Begawan

After obtaining written permission from customs to take our bottle of vodka in, we headed to Bandar, Brunei's capital city. Contemporary Bandar is an attractive, clean and modern waterfront city thanks to the wealth generated from the oil industry. The magnificent Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque dominates the skyline of Bandar and what is most surprising is the sense of space here which is a rare thing in comparison to other Asian cities we've seen so far. Unfortunately, we just missed the two days a year the Sultan of Brunei opens the Astana...

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Nov 15, 2005 - Malaysia Borneo - Labuan Island

Labuan Island was the stepping stone we were using to get from Sabah to Brunei. It is said to be a duty free shopping haven with plenty of bars and restaurants at considerably lower prices than other places we had been to so far in SE Asia so we decided to stay overnight here. As promised, the beer was cheap and we purchased a small amount of duty free to take to Brunei, but as it turns out, there is little else to keep a person here, so we were pretty keen to get going.

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Oct 14, 2005 - Bandar Seri Begawan - Brunei

A new country, first one for ages. ZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Even I will admit that I've had some fairly average ideas once or twice in the past but this is looking like a blindingly bad one, to spend my birthday here, possibly the dullest place I've ever been. To be fair there is lots to see and all the museums are free but as it's Ramadan everything closes about midday. 70% of the country is virgin rainforrest but why pay Brunei prices to visit it when the same stuff is in Sarawak at less than half the...

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Sep 10, 2005 - Brunei - et af verdens rigeste lande

Efter et par dage i Kota Kinabalu, Sabah's hovedstad, tog vi en sejltur pa ca. 3 timer vestpa mod en stor o 80 km. nord for Brunei som hedder Pulau Labuan. Vejret var desvarre ikke med os pa Labuan, sa det blev kun til 2 overnatninger her, hvorefter vi besluttede os at besoge den rige oliestat Brunei. Her kan vi narmest se olien flyde pa gaderne, sa rige er de. Dette afspejler sig naturligvis ogsa af prisniveau'et hvor vi bor pa et lidt finere hotel med air-con, tv og en herlig pool at kole af ved. Sondag rejser vi sa videre mod Labuan...

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Aug 11, 2005 - Bandar Seri Begawan

Hi Everyone, We have conquered the Southeast Asian stomach bug that dominated the last few days of our Borneo experience!! Exhausted but healthy, we explored the capital city of Brunei today. Thanks again to those of you who sent/brought Dramamine to us!! It has been our saviour on the many ferry rides that we've taken over the past few days. After becoming the first people that either of us knew to have a Brunei stamp in their passport, we headed off on a city bus to the capital city. It is amazing how much money there is in this little...

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Nov 18, 2004 - Shaking hands with Royalty

In the last installment, I forgot to mention the coolest thing that we saw while spending time in the jungle. We were on an evening boat trip to find wildlife when we spotted a tree full of proboscis monkeys. One of them was awake, and when it saw/heard our boat approach it started making warning calls. Eventually it jumped from one side of the tree to the other, making many branches sway. This caused a reaction from all of the monkeys that were trying to sleep: they all at the same time groaned! It was so cool! It was exactly as you or I...

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