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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Brunei : Day 1

Monday, 17 September 2012

After a restful night at the Holiday Inn, we walked over theInternational Terminal. We were met by Anthea from GET tours who saw our small group through check in. With a little time to fill we did some last minute gift shopping for our host families. Also bumped in to Jordan and Chris Peters who were off to Canada to visit Katie.

Our flight with Royal Brunei Airlines was very smooth and we actually arrived 30 minutes ahead of schedule. Most passengers were only intransit so customs check was quick, although we discovered we only needed a $5 transit visa rather than the full $20 visa due to the length of our stay.
We were met by our guide Erick and bus driver Leo and taken to the Centrepoint Hotel in the middle of the Gadong district. Interesting snippets of information along the way including the special arrangements made so that all residents can have virtually new cars all of the time through what appeared to be a leasing arrangement with minimal tax involved. Also due to the oil industry in Brunei, the cost of a litre of fuel is 50 cents, cost of 600ml of mineral water $1!

After quickly settling in we were escorted by Erick to Nyonya Restaurant for a traditional dinner of local foods.


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