Our day trip out to the Ulu Temburong National Park started with the alarm clock going off at 7am, as we had to meet with our guide for the day just down the road at 7.30am. We were pleasantly surprised to find that we were the only people booked on the tour and that we had our own private guide for the day. First stop was the boat quay where we boarded a speedboat bound for Bangar. This ride soon woke us up! 45 minutes of action straight out of a James Bond film. It was ace. Our guide impressed us with the necessary facts: we were travelling at speeds of up to 80kmh.
Blog - Tag: Brunei
First Impressions of Bandar Seri Begawan in Brunei were similar to those of Kuala Lumpur, i.e. nicely developed, clean, orderly, and friendly. My expectations of immense oil wealth, extravagantly invested into a thriving commercial economy were still intact, but not for long!
There wasn't much choice of accommodation for the budget backpacker in town. We settled for the only town centre option; a Chinese-run (basic but clean) old converted warehouse. The bed was less itchy than other places we've stayed in, but the tiny ants still drove me mad!