Kingdom Of Oil
Trip Start Jun 15, 2004
105Trip End Jun 15, 2005
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Caught the 8am ferry to Labuan (Island of the coast of Borneo), which must have had the air conditioning on "refrigerate" as it was absolutley freezing - and you couldnt go outside - tshirt and shorts were not the way to go!
Catch a second ferry from Labuan to Brunei, and then a bus to the capital - does appear a very rich place - nice houses, and none of the squalor you can see in Asia. The capital is very small - and I find the only place in town that wont charge me a fortune to stay, Pusar Belia - and its empty, so dorm all to myself.
Wander round - highly impressive mosque, but as its Friday, I cant go in, and then visit the stilted villages along the river front - look a little shanty town style, though I'm assured the people here have money, and they certainly have electricity and water - they simply choose to live here.
Unfortunately, its 6pm now, so the city closes! - Apart from KFC, the odd restaurant, and the occassional shopping arcade, everything shuts up, and the place turns into a ghost town - there is absolutley nothing else to do - its about time I had an early night anyway