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Backpacking in Brunei: Top 10 Sights in Bandar Seri Begawan

There was something special for me when I went backpacking in Brunei in 2013. It was a milestone I had never thought possible. I cracked the 70 country mark when I got the ferry from Malaysia to Brunei, taking the Labuan to Serasa crossing before heading to Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital city of what Read more about Backpacking in Brunei: Top 10 Sights in Bandar Seri Begawan[…]

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Friday’s Featured Food: Soto Biasa in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

Brunei has featured quite a bit recently – it was officially my 70th country on my lifestyle of travel hit list so as you can tell I was pretty perky when I was backpacking my way round it. Dinner had to be something local, so we headed down to the harbour in Bandar Seri Begawan Read more about Friday’s Featured Food: Soto Biasa in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam[…]

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Visiting the Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

The Muslim state of Brunei Darussalam is, unsurprisingly full of Mosques. You might have read how I visited the Jame Asr Hassanail Mosque in the suburbs of Bandar Seri Begawan. It is a spectacular mosque. However, while staying in the city centre of Bandar Seri Begawan, the other main mosque in the city just had Read more about Visiting the Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam[…]

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Exploring Kampong Ayer: “The Venice of Asia”, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

Right so you’ve heard the term “Venice of Asia” a load of times, in fact you might even have read about it twice on my blog as I visited Tai O (Hong Kong’s answer to Venice) and Pingjianglu in Suzhou, China. But there are so many places dubbed the Venice of Asia it gets a Read more about Exploring Kampong Ayer: “The Venice of Asia”, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei[…]

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Thirsty Thursdays: Drinking in A Muslim State, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

Today’s Thirsty Thursdays sees us crack open the tins of beer that we brought in when visiting the Muslim State of Brunei. I had drank beer in a Muslim State before – Indonesia of course, but it’s a lot less strict. In Brunei, you cannot buy alcohol anywhere, so the only way to be able Read more about Thirsty Thursdays: Drinking in A Muslim State, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei[…]

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World Borders: How to get from Malaysia to Brunei (Labuan to Serasa)

In my ongoing series of world borders, I prove how easy it is to travel the world, cross borders into new countries and get visas. This post is all about getting from Malaysia to Brunei Darussalam on the island of Borneo. Obviously there are many different ways to cross this border, but for the basis Read more about World Borders: How to get from Malaysia to Brunei (Labuan to Serasa)[…]

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How to Take Alcohol into Brunei Darussalam

I LOVED my recent trip to Brunei Darussalam, only the fourth Muslim State I’ve been to. While I gladly knocked back the beers in Indonesia last year, Brunei is a bit more strict. Alcohol is completely forbidden. You cannot buy alcohol in Brunei and you cannot drink alcohol anywhere in public view in Brunei. However Read more about How to Take Alcohol into Brunei Darussalam[…]

Brunei Cheesecake in Dermaga Cafe Bandar Seri Begawan Brunei

Friday’s Featured Food: Brunei Cheesecake

Brunei Darussalam is a tiny country, as well as being an unusual one. On my travels I always sample local food, it’s a key ingredient of a visit to any country in my opinion. Brunei offers a few local dishes for dinner, but for afternoon coffee I opted to try the local Brunei Cheesecake. So Read more about Friday’s Featured Food: Brunei Cheesecake[…]

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