Brunei,Thailand and a lot of very friendly people.
12.12.2011 - 13.12.2011 30 °C
It is Sunday morning and we can't believe we've been away for a whole week already.Time really does fly when you're enjoying yourself.I have been writing every evening in my 'little black book' so will share some of our thoughts and experiences with you.
Our first overwhelming feeling has been that of people's kindness and generosity.We have had so many lifts to where we have needed to go and people have been kind enough to let us try things before we have bought them-always important when you haven't a clue what you've just been offered!
After a pretty uneventful flight we were glad to finally reach Brunei.We had hoped to catch a bus for $1 into the centre of the city but,as luck wold have it,were immediately offered a lift into town from the Egyptian Ambassador's daughter.She gave us a quick tour of the city,pointing out important buildings etc then dropped us off right outside the hotel.Excellent!
We were a little earlier than expected but it was no problem to the staff-they found us another room-really lovely hotel and helpful staff.
Although it was raining,we decided to go for a walk;it was like walking through the hothouse in Roath Park.....hot,steamy and very moist(that one's for you,Lydia...).
We were amazed by how cheap everything was-$1 would buy you pretty much anything(about 50p).We joked that Allan's mum would have loved it there!We had a little snoze in the afternoon;to be honest,our body clocks were all over the place,but we managed to make it back out again in time for dinner.Someone had recommended a restaurant on Lonely Planet Thorntree forum(I regularly refer to this when travelling) and,as it was just around the corner from our hotel,seemed like the place to go to.It was again ridiculously cheap and was,as the guy had said,the best chicken curry ever.What was most impressive was that they made the naan bread fresh for us!After another quick stroll around town,it was back to bed,as we had another early start,to Bangkok,the following morning.
What was most impressive about Brunei was all of the huge buildings-Mosques,Palaces,Government Offices.We both wished we could have stayed there for longer but have a funny feeling we WILL return,as I have always wanted to visit Borneo.(3rd year Geography lessons.)
And so to Thailand,one of our very favourite places in the world,so far...