Leaving Brunei

posted Feb 11, 2011, 9:16 PM by Darren Cannell   [ updated Feb 12, 2011, 2:32 PM ]
 I really liked Brunei.  I was not sure what to expect because I had the feeling that it was going to be ultra Muslim conservative and not liberal at all, but I was pleasantly surprised.  Other than the zero alcohol sales, it is quite a liberal kingdom.  40% or so of the women and young girls don’t even wear a scarf, no one is veiled other than the odd Saudi female tourist.  I saw one in the Empire hotel, poor thing, how the hell does she see anyways? 



I really liked the people and we felt extremely safe there.  On the last day before we went to drop our car off we were going to go and drive near the Sultan’s palace but we ran out of time.  The palace is apparently the largest in the world with 200,000 square meters of living space, 257 bathrooms and 1788 rooms.  Personally I would have loved to have toured this palace but it is off limits to peons such as myself.  I would hate to have to clean that place, I can’t even keep up with 4 bathrooms and 4 bedrooms. 


Brunei is a country that I could live in for a while, I liked it that much and what is not to like, gasoline is only 53 cents a litre for unleaded.