Kingdom Of Oil

Trip Start Jun 15, 2004
Trip End Jun 15, 2005

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Friday, October 8, 2004

Friday 8th October 2004
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
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