Brunei Travel Blog› entry 35 of 45 › view all entries
Brunei is not exactly a hot spot on the backpackers path. There is only one hostel in town. There is nothing to do at night. There are a few inters tings things to see if you happen to be passing through. There is a floating village at inhabits over 30,000 people. There are schools, houses, streets, and even a mosque out out there on stilts. We spent the better part of a day exploring the maze of walkways but never really got an answer for the simple question of "why don't they just live on land like everyone else?"
The real reason to go to Brunei is for the mosques. There are several very impressive ones. Unfortunately the main big dog right in the center was under renovations for it's 50th birthday when we were there. The biggest and most impressive one is farther out in a suburb and was well worth the visit even though they didn't let us inside. I had never seen anything like it. The entire outside was shaped in a Gaudiesque style covered in intricately placed tiny tiles, the marble floors were like mirrors, the chandeliers were beyond my understanding of wealth, the rolling spiraling stairs were fit for a king (or a sultan maybe), and the gold domes topped it all off. We liked it so much we considered staying an extra day to come back and see the inside during viewing hours but decided to head back to KK.
Travebuddies: Ian (UK)