Managed to get a couple of days off for the long weekend. Initially we planned to go to Redang and totally relax , but due to the late leave approval we found out that almost all the hotels and holiday spots were fully booked.How do we find a place nearby, where we can relax and explore all in 3 days ??
Not too bad
Balcony. spent a lot of time here with a good book.
Our blocks pool
Being lazy we took the buggy every where
Now that's an entrance
Left our bags and went for food
Will have more of those columns later
view from our table
We were surrounded by these
Its 53 meters tall
What blew me away was that the American redwood trees are more than double this height
After food we took a walk around
Overlooking the sea
Time for tea :-)
In total there are 9 pools :-)
For the first day we spent a lot of time eating and relaxing.
So where are we ?????
Welcome to Brunei Darussalam :-)
Time to explore.
1st stop at the Royal Palace.
When they saw that i was the FJR guy they told me to leave :-(
Actually its only open to the public during Hari Raya.
Busy streets huh
A short stop at the river side for ice cream
There are crocs here
3rd -the Royal Regalia Museum
Again quiet streets
The museum was really interesting, but you are only allowed photos in the main lobby
The chariot of the the Sultan.
Pulled by his warriors
The shield and spear
A bit of history
After that we visited the highlight .......for me
The Water Village of Brunei or the "Kampong Ayer" was dubbed as the "Venice of the East" by the famous traveler Antonio Pigafetta in his visit to Brunei
Meet the local
We went around and through it
The houses look old huh
And run down
They have their own schools
And fire brigade.
Fire brigade boat
See that bridge. Thats for people to walk and kids to cycle. No railings ah......
imagine cycling there
Local water taxi
modern Houses built by the government
The beauty of it is the people who live in the old houses are well off. Have cars, and all the modern amenities.They choose to live as their fathers did. Cool.
Next we went to visit the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque
Thats a replica of the Royal barge
nice huh. Was too tired to go in....
Finally we came here -The Jame' Asr' Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque
Huge and magnificient
Its open to non- Muslims during certain hours of the day
I just walked around as i was too tired. Long day.
The royal entrance.
Back to our digs :-)
Eat and sleep ...yay :-)
Today we exercise
See the oil rigs in the distance.
We went for a 1 hour walk to burn some fat
Walk with a view
They have a nice jogging path around the 180 Hectare property. Yup -Hectare
A couple of kilometers done
And a final sunset on the beach
One last look at the majestic columns during dinner.
And back to real life.
A nice short holiday. Thank you Brunei.