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    We've been lucky to have been working here (KL) and Singapore for the last 12 years and KK has been on our regular visits t least twice a year.

    Lovely place, nice people . . . will miss it when we eventually leave

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    More street shots.


    On the building at the right (bottom portion) is where the bus station is located.


    Public bus station. Most of those who ride these buses are foreign workers like Malaysians, Indonesians & Filipinos. Native Bruneians don't usually ride the buses 'coz they have cars & petrol is cheap.


    This is the bus which goes to Muara (~30 min), which is the town nearest to the seaport/ ferry terminal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OckerRocker
    KK has been on our regular visits t least twice a year.
    Ya, it's a nice spot. Heading to Miri and Kuching next week. Should be a nice break.

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    Lovely thread but I must comment that Brunei is a dead bore. Everything shuts down at around ten pmish and no entertainment. Cool if you're into nature, not into alcohol and heavy on family/retirement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AVVICI View Post
    Lovely thread but I must comment that Brunei is a dead bore. Everything shuts down at around ten pmish and no entertainment. Cool if you're into nature, not into alcohol and heavy on family/retirement.
    Yes, I agree. If you're keen on nature & history, Brunei is okay. But if you want bars, clubs & alcohol, then Brunei isn't for you. Maybe for 1-3 days, it would be okay (if you're a party person). As I've said in an earlier response, when I was researching for Brunei, I came across a blog post, Bypass Brunei it's boring. The bloggers stated the same reasons as yours. Cheers!

    Thanks to OckerRocker & Jofrey for the comments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jofrey
    Ya, it's a nice spot. Heading to Miri and Kuching next week. Should be a nice break.
    A rather nice Oirish pub in Miri Jofrey. Hate those effing monkeys in Brunei. Tried to kill many when driving around. Katy if you can get a car its great to explore.

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    Photos of the Brunei river; it surrounds the city of Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB).


    When you're walking on the red brick pavement (which is the main road), you'll be asked by boat drivers who'll offer you a river tour.


    That's the Kampung Ayer water village in the distance.


    Here's guy-friend and girl-friend crossing the bridge.

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    Upon crossing the bridge, we saw a market selling all sorts of goodies.



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    @AVVici - I'm not in Brunei anymore. I just went for a short holiday in KK-Brunei, summer last year. But thanks for the tip, will do it if ever I go back.

    After browsing through the market, I think we crossed the bridge again and went back to walking on the main road. More street shots.


    We just kept on walking until we saw this - Canadian embassy alert!
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    This is the building where the Canadian embassy is located. Flag is at the right corner of building.


    A wider view

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    Across the building ^ is a large open area, where you can see the water village.


    There's a mini stage - my friends going towards the stage to take a break from the hot sun.

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    We took a break and enjoyed views of the river.


    Kampung Ayer water village




    You can see the mosque from here

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    I don't know why some people just say Brunei... the country's name is Brunei Darussalam. Tourists visiting our country say Thailand, not Thai. We travelers should show them the same respect.

    If I were to visit the U.S. again, I would not call it the United.

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    There's a railing by the river so that people won't jump to drown their sorrows...


    During that time, there was a Nature Festival

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    'Our country'? You are posting from Utahi, a suburb of Ayutthaya.

    Same as they call Bandar Seri Begawan BSB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RawOne View Post
    I don't know why some people just say Brunei... the country's name is Brunei Darussalam. Tourists visiting our country say Thailand, not Thai. We travelers should show them the same respect.

    If I were to visit the U.S. again, I would not call it the United.
    Yes, the country is Brunei Darussalam, its capital is Bandar Seri Begawan. Such long words, right? I didn't want to call this thread Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia + Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam.... Cheers!

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    Anyway...

    As we were resting on the mini-stage, these kids came along...


    We asked the teachers if we could have our pic taken with them & the kids. The teachers obliged and called the kids over. Kids are ~10 y.o.

    I've blocked out the faces of my friends and the teachers. When I looked at these pics later, I noticed that the kids are arranged by gender - no mixing of boys & girls in class pics, even impromptu ones! These two pics are some of my faves from this trip.

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    After a short break & small talk with the teachers, we continued with our walk. We passed by some souvenir shops and bought the usual touristy trinkets.

    Further along that road, we saw this.


    A closer view

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    In the searing heat which is Brunei the little ones still have to wear the headgear. I find this part of control and Islam a difficult take.

    Did you buy a baju kurong Katy?

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    It's a memorial built in 2006 to celebrate the Sultan's 60th birthday.


    That inscription was on this platform.
    That's Katie & friends. That will be all for tonight, I have work to do. More pics later. Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AVVICI View Post
    In the searing heat which is Brunei the little ones still have to wear the headgear. I find this part of control and Islam a difficult take.

    Did you buy a baju kurong Katy?
    In later pics, I'll show the building of the Islamic affairs office. There's a Shariah law department in that building (I took pics of the inscription and translated via google). There's also a building for divorce, annulment and re-cohabitation. Re: the heat, yes, it was very hot (30+ celsius) and those little girls had to wear the headgear & long sleeves. The female teachers wore similar clothes.

    Re: baju kurong, no, I didn't buy one. Just bought some scarves, ref magnets & keychains for friends & family. Boring touristy stuff. I wouldn't know where/when to wear the baju kurong, and maybe it would've been over my budget!

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    You have taken some great pictures. Thank you for sharing on TD.

    I only mentioned the full name in case other people did not know. I did not mean to step on anyone's toes.

    I refer to my small city as a "suburb" because that is the only term I know from my living in the U. S. I lived in a "suburb" of Fort Worth, Texas...not inside the city limits. My Thai wife says all of this is Ayutthaya, but other teachers at work say I live in Uthai. Live and learn... haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by AVVICI
    A rather nice Oirish pub in Miri Jofrey.
    closed a couple of years back.....now it's a trendy "tapas" joint with crap guest Djs.

    Mings bar is still the best in Miri. the crispy pata is spectacular

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    Quote Originally Posted by AVVICI
    In the searing heat which is Brunei the little ones still have to wear the headgear.
    They don't spend all day in the searing heat though....most of the time is in the classroom. the kids in the non-government schools don't have to wear them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RawOne
    I don't know why some people just say Brunei... the country's name is Brunei Darussalam.
    Actually it's Negara Brunei Darussalam.

    The vast majority of people just say Brunei.

    Darussalam is from Arabic and means "Abode of Peace"

    The origins of the name 'Brunei Darussalam' | The Brunei Times

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