The best left Kuching station at 10pm sharp. The coach wasn’t 5 star at all and didn’t even come with a fucking toilet. This bus journey said would take 14 hours from Kuching to Miri and I am betting on myself that I have to stay in Miri tonight as there are only 2 bus trips a day to Brunei
I can’t stand the cold air conditioner. It’s fucking lame as I feel like I am going to get pneumonia and not be able to return home for some time. I can’t seem to find the jacket I have packed and I am still cold with 2 shirts on. Thank god I am not going to Europe in a few weeks’ time, id die if I went over in the clothes I have.
Bus stopped at a tuck shop at 1am in the morning. I can unleash this bladder movement. I am sceptical of eating a packet of biscuits in case I end up having a bowel movement anytime soon.
European bus trips are so much better cause they have a toilet on board and they don’t have the air conditioner on full power also if the British were in charge of Northern Borneo and the Brookes in charge of Sarawak then why couldn’t they build a railway line like they did in Malayan peninsular?
I see Borneo under the same poverty spell as Indonesia but in every big city there is a giant mall.
I finally got off the bus around 1pm some 15 hours after I left Kuching. I was so glad to be off than damn over air condition bus. Taxi touts where come up to me left right and centre and they understood that I had to get another bus.
So I started walking around the kiosk yelling out BRUNEI, BRUNEI! Where I finally found a lady selling tickets to Brunei.
There were only 2 buses to Brunei from Miri each day and one youth hostel in each city. As you could tell, I’d rather be in a hostel in Brunei than in Miri.
I brought a ticket for 50 MYR to Brunei that was leaving at 3.45pm. I didn't have enough ringgit so I had to cross through a hill and field of rocks before I found an ATM at the local petrol station. I even had the time to buy a Vanilla Coke and a Kit Kat ice Cream.
20 minutes later I got back to the kiosk and got my ticket. The people running the bus company got us boarding at 3pm so we would be in another air condition bus. At first it was stinking and with rubber seats that burn I felt this was going to be another bus ride to hell.
I handed over my British passport to the driver as he will be responsible for getting us all stamped out of Sarawak Malaysia and into the Kingdom of Brunei Darussalam.
I first heard of Brunei when I was 12 years old as I repeated the 5th grade. I knew it was sandwiched between Malaysia but as I got older I realized it might be a small nation but it’s very rich as it has access to oil and gas in the South China Sea.
After 2 hours on the road I crossed into my 32nd nation: Brunei Darussalam, getting into the country as a British citizen is easy as all EU citizens get free entry for 90 days. Australians have to pay about $5 Bruneian Dollars to get in. Although you do have to write what race you are
Bags were searched upon entry into the Kingdom as there is A MANDATORY DEATH PENALTY FOR DRUG SMUGGLING. I had to show my medicines to a customs officer for inspection as they are very picky of any types of medication getting let into the country. I think I should have had my doctor’s letter with my passport.
Always have your prescription medications in original packaging with a letter from your Doctor and you will always be fine. I would hate to have my medications confiscated as I would die without them. But the Brunei Police force told me to keep warm as its wet weather
The bus continued onto the capital and I was let out somewhere in the middle of town. It was 7.30 PM. I haven’t had much to eat so I had a Jr Whopper at Burger King. I don’t like eating fried food and I see myself as a bit fat so I am trying to watch my figure. Its cost 20 cents to change your drink from Coke to something else
There was a freaky ad on the TV in Burger King about a guy eating a triple Whopper like a Python!
I had a wonderful time walking around the central mosque at night as it was all lit up in its golden glory. I had a hard time trying to find the only hostel.
The only hostel in Brunei is located in the capital it’s in a youth building on Pusat Belia. When I got there I didn't have a receptionist as there was a large group using the hall. I spoke to a guy down stairs and he found it odd the hostel doesn't have check in facilities.
I just find it fucked that the only hostel in Brunei Darussalam is not always open, it doesn't have a proper website and YOU CAN'T BOOK ONLINE!
I cast my eyes on the Radisson hotel as I felt like I needed to be somewhere safe. I paid $140 a night and this is the most expensive hotel I ever stayed at. As a matter of fact I don’t even stay in hotels and I haven’t stayed in one since Gibraltar.
I got my batteries charges and I helped myself to some free water. My hotel room was awesome but I found it a huge rip off to charge $4 a can in Brunei. You only pay like 90 cents a can.
I was hoping to have a good sleep in but the bus to Kota Kinabalu leaves once a day at 8am sharp. I so did not want to spend another night in a $140 hotel room. So I set the alarm to 7 am