Before we started our trip we wanted to be as flexible as possible and not plan ahead too much. When we were in the Philippines we therefore looked for cheap flights out of the country and ended up flying to Kota Kinabalu on Borneo. “KK” was a city we had never heard of before but one with cheap flight connections with Manila! 🙂
Once we arrived on Borneo we then thought, well, we are here anyway, why not make the 8h bus ride and check out Brunei. To be honest, we had no clue what to expect. If you are like us, this is one of those places you have heard of before but you find it hard to pin it down on a map… It turns out that Brunei is surprisingly small and that you can explore the center of its capital Bandar Seri Begawan (or “BSB” in short) in just an afternoon.
Even though there are not many major tourist sights, we had a great time here. The people were incredibly friendly and a lot more talkative and outgoing than in Malaysia. It was also interesting to see how Islam plays a role in everyday life. We were here on a Friday and this meant that all shops and restaurants close between 12.00 and 14.00.
Below we have included a few pictures to give you a good impression of BSB. We especially enjoyed walking through the water village – a whole village built on stilts in the water.