Brunei

Officially the Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace is a sovereign state located on the north coast of the island of Borneo.

 

- The Mosque on Water -
 

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque is an Islamic mosque located in Bandar Seri Begawan, considered as one of the most beautiful mosques in the Asia        Pacific. Built in an artificial lagoon on the banks of the Brunei River at Kampong Ayer- the "village in the water", the mosque has marble minarets and                                                                golden domes, a courtyard and is surrounded by a large number of trees and floral gardens.                                                           A bridge reaches across the lagoon to Kampong Ayer in the middle of the river.

 

 Bandar Seri Begawan - Brunei                                                                                                              December 2014

- Sungei Brunei -
 

ThIt's amazing how just a few minutes by boat from the center of Bandar Seri Begawan you find yourself immersed in nature, away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city.

The silence is unreal, there is no wind, the last rays of sun hidden behind the vegetation surrounding the banks of the river that is still and smooth as if it was oil.

 

 

 

Brunei

                         December  2014

- The City Center -
 

Walking through the streets and mosques of the capital, I realize that it is in contrast to the other cities of Sabah and Sarawak, the streets are clean, the grounds are well kept and the traffic is no longer a noisy heap of metal and smog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bandar Seri Begawan - Brunei   

                      December  2014

- Waiting for the Bus -
 

I was waiting at one of the bus stop on the outskirts of Bandar Seri Begawan, capital of Brunei, a bus that would take me into the city center. Trying to figure out which of the many bus I should take, I noticed that on the timetable were the remains of a small gecko....

I realized that probably here the buses do not run very frequently :-)

 

 

 

 Bandar Seri Begawan - Brunei   

                      December  2014

- Kampong Ayer -
 

The city incorporates nearby Kampong Ayer, 'water village', which has houses on stilts and stretches about 8 km (5.0 mi) along the Brunei river (Sungei Brunei). It is a well preserved national heritage site, the largest of its kind in the world with approximately 30,000 residents. The Kampong is over 1,000 years old.

 

 

 

 

Bandar Seri Begawan - Brunei   

                      December  2014

- River Sunset -
 

Beautiful sunset to end a great river cruise, that from the center of Bandar Seri Begawan penetrates inland to the wild area of Brunei, away from the chaos of the city, crossing floating villages and mangrove forests inhabited by proboscis monkeys and long-tailed macaques.

 

 

 

 

 

Brunei

                         December 2014