B is for Brunei! (A-Z Blogging Challenge)

36 Hours Brunei

 

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It's "B" Day for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge

 

We’ve been living in Germany for the past couple of years, and it gets pretty cold and bleak during the middle of winter, so Jim and I went looking for some sun for our Christmas vacation. Hmmm…maybe Asia!  We decided to head to the rain forests of Borneo and smack dab in the middle of that huge island is the small country of Brunei Darussalam.

It’s so small we really didn’t know how much time to spend there, but finally decided on a little over a day.  We filled our time nicely and truly enjoyed “the green heart of Borneo,” as their tagline suggests.

The capital city is Bandar Seri Begawan, small enough to easily walk around and gawk at the magnificence that oil revenues can produce.  Pictured here is the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, which is known for its gilded minarets and replica of a 16th century barge, peaking through some palm trees on Pretty Street.

Even though it was a short visit, Brunei gave us everything we were looking for: great sights to visit, good food, sun, heat, and smiles as the Bruneians are an extremely friendly people.

Have you been to Brunei?  What were your impressions of this tiny country?

Note about the A-Z Blogging Challenge: Yesterday, the challenge started off with a bang and there are some pretty fantastic bloggers showcasing their stuff!

Here are some I think you should check out:

Laugh Quotes by Rhonda

Thee Getaway Gal

Astral Traveller

A Brit and a Southerner

Chasing the Donkey

 

43 Comments

    1. Jenny, We did not spend enough time in Borneo, Brunei yes but not Borneo. There is just so much to do, but it’s a fantastic destination. I will probably go back, although you know how hard that is….

  1. I love learning about places I knew nothing about, like Brunei. It is pretty impressive what oil money can buy. I think this is somewhere I will add to my ever growing bucket list. Thanks for the mention. Glad you are enjoying my travels as much as I am enjoying yours.

    1. Rhonda, A true traveler always loves to hear the stories of others as they do their own…don’t you think? Borneo doesn’t require much time, but yes, I think it’s worthwhile!

  2. Have not been to Brunei. Still debating whether or not to add it to the itinerary when we head to SE Asia later this year, but you’ve certainly tempted me 🙂

  3. I haven’t been there, glad you found some sunshine, we all always feel better when the sun is out. This has been a particularly long, cold ugly winter. As I get older I dislike winter more and more.

  4. Really great post because the image and the brief overview of Brunei leaves the reader wanting to learn more about this location. I don’t blame you for wanting to leave Europe for a while in the heart of winter and what better place to start than somewhere experiencing summer.

  5. I’m going to Brunei in November. Don’t really hear much about it, so glad to see this. Good luck with the challenge; X should be interesting 🙂

  6. Great post. I am from Borneo and glad to see that you enjoyed visiting my island. It is a true gem. Happy Writing! Good luck with the challenge. You’re doing terrific. 🙂

  7. I love that one of the oil capitals of the world pegs itself as the “green heart” of anywhere! I know I’m being harsh because it does supposedly have some lovely jungles, but you would never guess that from BSB, would you? I think you did all right by just spending a little over a day there… I can’t believe we spent 3!

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