Early morning temperature a sign of the day ahead. 24oC at 6.30am and high humidity.
Sumptuous breakfast at the hotel, then heading out for a walking tour of the capital city.
The tour lasted for about 2 hours starting near the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque. Unfortunately we could not go inside as there was preparation taking place for a Koran reading competition and the mosque was not open to non-Moslem visitors. We continued our tour of notable landmarks including the State Library, the Secretariat Building and the clock tower donated to Brunei by the Prime Minister of Malaysia. We also listed the Raja Ayang Tomb Stone and Erick told us the story of the couple banished by the Sultan to live in a cave due to their inappropriate relationship, rather than being stoned to death. We then moved on to the only Chinese temple in Banda Seri Begawan , followed by the Open Market, Public Bus Terminal, Old Custom Building, the Monument for His Majesty’s 60th Birthday and then stopped at the Yayasan Shopping complex for lunch and some leisure time.
From the Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque we went by water taxi out along the Brunei River and the mangrove swamp looking for the local inhabitants - the proboscis monkey. After careful scanning of the treetops we finally spotted a small group of monkeys and then another lone monkey on our return journey. No crocodiles were in sight – maybe a good thing for us and the small group of proboscis monkeys in the area.
|Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque|
There is also a large area of newer houses, including 2storeyed homes in a new section of the village. (Photos to follow)