Bowling for immigration
Labuan Travel Blog› entry 354 of 366 › view all entries
January 18th, 2010 – by: iramalama
Labuan is a forgettable island off the coast of Brunei in north Borneo. While Borneo offers a number of exciting adventure, eco, and even urban-themed trips for the wide-eyed tourist, Labuan is not one of those places. Supposedly the diving is good in the area, but if you saw the shipping traffic (and their pollutants) in the area, you might not want to get wet. The town on the island is actually clean (like many cities on Borneo are...at least compared to the cities on the surrounding islands and the Peninsula) and very pretty with its tropical tree-lined streets. Birds of Paradise flowers, which are usually a garden feature if you have 1 or 2 in Western countries, are chucked down the entire length of the avenues here like you would lay sod. But aside from staring at flowers, there is so little to do here. A new mall (which would be the island's 2nd in total) is in the works near the port, but since the 1st mall is devoid of any character, my hopes are not too high. The recently renovated airport, on the other hand, is quite impressive, and is one of the only places where you can find a Wi-Fi connection available to the public. This may not be important to many travelers, but Labuan is billed as an offshore financial center. People from all over the world do business here, yet a relegated to hang out at the airport McDonalds just to check e-mail or, heaven forbid, stay in contact with the rest of the world. Don't get me wrong...I like Labuan overall. I just need a little bit of time to forget how incredibly boring it is here.
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