Monday, February 25, 2008

BRUNEI, Muara, (Bandar,Seri,Begawan) Feb 25th 2008 MONDAY

Bandar Seri Begawan-and Muara District

Andar Seri Begawan  [ˌbanda səˌri bəˈɡawan]) formerly known as Brunei Town. It is the capital and largest city of the Sultanate of Brunei. Bandar Seri Begawan has an estimated population of 20,000,[1] and including the whole Brunei-Muara District, the metro area has an estimated population of 279,924.[2]

Muara is a town in the Brunei and Muara district, Brunei. It contains the country's only deep-water port. Muara is the Malay word for estuary.


Best of Brunei

Best of Brunei

Approximately 7½ hours
Brunei, an incredibly wealthy nation on the island of Borneo, is a stunning mixture of old and new. From elaborate mosques to simple water-villages, Brunei offers a culture very distinct from the other parts of Borneo. Enjoy a short cruise to a water village for tea in a local home. The water village is home to 30,000 people and has schools, hospitals, police stations, shop and mosques, all located over the water. Then, move quietly along the narrow mangrove channels, stopping to listen and look for the birds and animal life that call the mangroves home. If you are lucky you can observe the shy proboscis monkeys found only on Borneo. Your guide will explain the mangrove ecology and some of the diversity of plants and animal life in the tangle of mangroves, vines, palms and trees. The boat returns to the center of Bandar Seri Begawan, where you will stop by the open-air Kianggeh Market for a chance to mingle with the local people, followed by a visit to the Royal Regalia. This facility offers a replica inside view of the palace, and the regalia used by the Sultan during Jubilee celebrations. A delicious lunch will be served in Bandar before you return to the ship. 

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