Window into Borneo
Borneo is that
large and mystical island in South East Asia
that many have heard about, but few have seen.
The largest section, which stretches inland from the
eastern coastline, is Kalimantan, part of Indonesia. The Malaysian states of Sabah (to the
north) and Sarawak (to the south) lie along the western and northern coastline.
Near the border of Sabah and Sarawak is Brunei
Bay, and the Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam. With a population around 300,000, and a
coastline barely 150 kms long, it is by far the smallest of all the Borneo states. It is
also the only nation with its territory solely on Borneo. Only Bruneis future is
inextricably tied to Borneos destiny.
Borneo has large reserves of petroleum and gas
Most of this resource lies either close to the coast, or below shallow seas
just offshore. Being the only nation residing
solely on Borneo, Brunei's income from this resource has remained tied to
Borneo. The results are substantial in terms of environmental protection,
social services, and standards of living.
The world renowned Kuala Belalong
Field Studies Centre is a focal point where researchers from all nations come to learn
more about rainforest ecology. New species are uncovered every year.
Brunei has not needed to cut its trees to
finance development. Almost eighty percent of Brunei remains uninhabited jungle. Much of
that is preserved as Forest Reserve or National Park.
Bruneis recent development has continued
to focus around the traditional water based transport routes that have dominated
Borneos settlement and trading for centuries. Towns are located close to the coast,
around Brunei Bay, or along rivers. Bandar Seri Begawan, Bruneis capital, sits
astride the Brunei River, with the modern commercial centre on one side separated from
traditional water village housing on the other. There is no bridge; boats carry people as
they have always done.
But the people in
those water village houses are now connected to the world community with satellite TV
dishes and mobile phones.
Many work in modern air conditioned office blocks using up to date
technologies and services.
At work, their tools, practices and
communication align with modern international practices. When they go home they return to many
traditional styles, dress, customs and community practices.
This unique combination of up-to-date
services contrasting with traditional lifestyles makes Brunei Darussalam a unique
Window into Borneo. If you have just a few days, Bruneis compact size,
diversity of venues,
well established natural and cultural museums, activities, attractions and transport services
lets you conveniently experience the amazing contrasts that are Borneo.
With more time, Brunei is your practical Gateway to Borneo, and the well
serviced support base from where you can make excursions to explore the whole island.
Bruneis national airline Royal
Brunei Airlines is the only international airline that flies direct to Borneo from
major regional and international centres.
Royal Brunei airlines has an extensive network
linking out to Borneo, and the region.
Communication services are world class, and
reliable. Disappear into a different world, knowing you can fax, phone or e-mail if
Pubic health standards are amongst the highest
in the region. You can enjoy the cheap and traditional foods at roadside stalls and
Road transport services are well developed and
uncongested. Get to places quickly, either with modern air-conditioned public buses, tour
operator services, taxis, rental cars - or a bike.
Crime rates are extremely low, guns are
illegal, and alcohol is limited. Its safe to wander the streets, night stalls,
beachfronts, fishing jetties and shops in the cool of the evening.
the family, learn something new, and have some fun!
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