25.02.2012 - 27.04.2012
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We went to Brunei with 2 guys we met in Kota Kinabalu. Dave and Morgan, they were from Norway and England respectively, and were nice guys. So, we got the 1pm ferry to Labuan, which is an island off Borneo (It turned out to be a duty-free island so alcohol was dirt cheap. Nice!). We thought this would be the best option seeing as the bus from KK to Brunei takes a long time.
Unfortunately we didn't do our research correctly. We assumed there would be a connecting ferry from Labuan to Brunei that day, we were wrong. So stranded on the island we had to find a place to stay that night. We were looking at a information board when the Malay version of Will.i.am from the black eyed peas approached us. I gotta be honest, he looked a bit dodgy, but he showed us photos of the place and it looked nice to we decided to go out there, alcohol in hand. His name was e.jump and was a really nice guy. We were pleasantly surprised when we got there, the place had only been open 2 weeks so everything was nice and new. The rooms were good and it was right on the beach. Not a great beach, but a beach all the same. Unfortunately we had to go back into town for food as they didn't have a restaurant yet (maybe one was in production). We had dinner in an ok restaurant which was a bit on the expensive side. The Blue wave lounge I think. After the sun had set and food consumed, we decided to walk around the town. We found a mosque that looked like a space station or rocket or something. Star wars definitely came to mind. So after the customary photo taking, we moved on. There wasn't really anything else to see so we ventured back to the resort. It was really nice just to go back and sit on a deck chair on the beach. E.jump had been a dj so he played some really cool chill-out music. It was a relaxed evening, and much appreciated.
I've just realized i've spent a while talking about Labuan which is part of Malaysia in the Brunei section, but it's par tof the journey, and I don't wanna move it.
So we continued on to Brunei by ferry the next day nice and early. Our plan was to see the city in a day (it's quite small) and then head back to Malaysia the next day. We saw the the two main mosques in Brunei and the massive stilt village. The mosques have gold all around them and it's obvious a lot of money has gone in to building them. It's amazing to see such opulence beside such poverty. Even though the city is small it was still interesting to go around. Also, you can't drink there so we had an early night. Very quiet. Brunei was small but worthy of a stop-over