Back from enchanting Brunei
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Feb 4, 2013 5:00 PM Last Post By: sprite
Dec 3, 2012 5:57 PM
Back from enchanting BruneiHey guys, I recently came back from Brunei, I really loved it, unfortunately there is very few infos that you can find online, so I wrote a little report from our trip on a (non-commercial) blog: theonlytruthistravelling.blogspot.com.au
I hope it'll be usefull, I'll try to contact lonely planet and give them a couple of updates (especially the poor state of K H Soon backpacker). Cheers.
Dec 3, 2012 9:26 PM
1Thanks for that Alex. We are leaving in two days to Borneo and will be travelling through Brunei so it was interesting for us to read. I'm not sure that the K H Soon guesthouse is even open any more - we tried to book in there and their emails bounced back and there's no response from their phone numbers. Perhaps just as well huh judging from your report....
Dec 4, 2012 12:57 AM
Dec 4, 2012 11:18 AM
I'm pretty sure KH Soon are still open (same thing happened to us), but if you're not too much on a budget you can check out all the accomodation options for the best value on agoda.com.
Have a good trip to Brunei!
thanks for the headsup, just want to ease our fellow traveller once in Brunei...
Dec 4, 2012 11:28 AM
4Its certainly not the worst place we've stayed in through all our trips to Asia. And theres been quite a few of them in over 20 years.
Dec 4, 2012 3:00 PM
5Thanks Alex - I had a look on agoda last night and I'm afraid that everything on there is pretty much out of our budget range. We are actually going to try the Pusat Belia first (youth hostel) and then probably K H Soon if it's still open.
Westwood - I think quite possibly the worst place I've ever stayed in was in Chinatown in KL about 22 years ago - I remember we had to walk past a nest of rats on the stairwell to get into our mice and cockroach infested room! Ahhhhh..... the memories...... lol
I think K H Soon guesthouse will have a long way to go to beat that place. It lowered the bar standards wise.
Dec 5, 2012 3:45 AM
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Jan 27, 2013 4:45 AM
9hey, alex, thanks for that. especially the water taxi tip--we did a group tour today (from work) and the one let-down was that it was low tide so we couldn't get close enough to see monkeys. all the guide books recommended early monring/early evening tours to see them best--oh, how the bruneians laughed at that. 'there are always monkeys' they chortled. we'll try contacting that taxi when we decide to go again.
the chinese temple is also a good one to see--we caught our first glimpse of it this morning because we usually take a different road to the waterfront but the drivers got lost.
We accepted this fact acknowledging the almost nonexistent tourism and people's wealth with a lovely lady cab driver.
i'm not sure i understand this, and i suspect you paid over the odds. gas is practically free here; it costs me 18 BND to fill up my car, and there is a lot of tourism. however, a lot of it is asian based--singaporeans, koreans, and hong kong chinese coming to play golf for cheap while still being able to enjoy spicy seafood.
Feb 3, 2013 9:44 PM
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Feb 4, 2013 2:30 PM
13ahahaha I'm glad you had a good time there! when I say 'the almost non existent tourism' I meant in a backpacker way or targetting a younger crowd, again there are plenty of high end hotel actually of good value for the money but I'm not sure everybody can afford it. Anyway I loved Brunei genuine character and hope many people will!
Feb 4, 2013 2:31 PM
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