by Go ASEAN plus
Brunei Darussalam, squeezed between Sarawak and Sabah, has its own idyllic natural wonder. Temburong is situated just outside of the capital Bandar Seri Begawan. This preserved place offers visitors the legendary Labu Forest and the Ulu Temburong National Park.
HOW TO GET THERE
By flight is the best as AirAsia flies from Kuala Lumpur to Brunei. By road takes about one hour and 45 minutes to reach with a 40-minute water taxi ride from the capital’s main jetty to Bangar, Temburong district. The best way to experience this amazing environment is to take an exhilarating ride on a public speedboats that weave through river channels mangroves.
WHAT TO DO
One interesting way to get around Temburong is by bicycle. However, if the hot weather is a problem, taxis are available to move around Temburong district. Visit the scenic 50m-high canopy walkway in Ulu Temburong National Park, where the view shows the vast spread of Brunei’s varied jungle wildlife and the incredible diversity of flora and fauna.
WHERE TO STAY
Sumbiling Eco Village is a good choice for nature lovers who would like to get down to basics in enjoying natural surroundings in its simplicity. However, other notable choices for accommodation are StoneVille Hotel, Trandie Marina Resorts and The Brunei Hotel. Ample homestay choices are also available via AirBnB.
WHAT TO EAT
Interestingly, the Ulu Temburong National Park serves an array of Malay dishes for travellers to savour some local flavours. However, one must not miss the tasty local lunch at the Rainforest Lodge at Batang Duri, which offers a spectacular view of the Temburong river.