Ferrying about

April 29, 2009 · 4 comments

Waking up at 6am after climbing a mountain is no joke. I managed it and got the ferry to Labuan Island. The trip was a couple of hours long but quite comfortable, I was surprised I didn’t sleep this one through, on the TV they showed a documentary of an 80s German pop group.

‘Is this some kind of joke?’ an Australian couple were asking each other in front of me. I knew it wasn’t, Malaysian’s do seem to have odd tastes in music. Fortunately they made up for that by playing Bruce Lees the way of the Dragon afterwards.

Kota Kinabalu to Labuan island boat

Kota Kinabalu to Labuan island boat

On arrival at Labuan Island I got my ticket to Brunei and exchanged some money for Brunei dollars. No idea if it’ll be enough but I’m sure I can withdraw more when there anyway. I had an hour or so, I went around the town, it seems a bit dirty for an island and also strangely cheap, most islands have expensive prices but Labuan seems cheaper then mainland Malaysia with the reason being there is no tax here. I got a hotdog thing from a bakery, an ice lolly from a supermarket and ‘ninja hot plate’ flavoured crisps. I’d not had junk food in a while, so figured it would be ok after climbing Mount Kinabalu, I’d certainly earnt it! Then it was time to get the ferry for Brunei. This ferry was smaller and a bit dirtier, I was expecting more to be honest, as Brunei has a reputation for being a nice place, they put on the Jackass movie. I wasn’t expecting to spend an hour+ boat trip with strict Muslims watching American men electrocute their testicles, but I don’t think it got any complaints.

Boat from Labuan to Brunei

Boat from Labuan to Brunei

Upon leaving customs a taxi salesmen greeted me, I saw no buses so just went with him, the price was reasonable anyway ($40) and I didn’t realise how far away the capital city Beri Sandar Bendar was from the ferry. Passed some very nice houses on route, I asked the driver to take me somewhere cheap, he actually took me to a place I’ve read onlne about being the cheapest in Brunei, so happy enough to go with him, I’d struggle to find it if I got the bus. On route the driver started laughing too, “monkeys in road”, he said. I looked up and indeed there was monkeys in the road.

Brunei house

Brunei house

Monkeys crossing the road

Monkeys crossing the road

It was about 4pm when I got in my room so I guess most tourist attractions were closing soon. I could have walked around the city but sore muscles were really settling in now, and I didn’t feel well. In fact after laying in bed for an hour or so I got up and puked up my hotdog and ninja crisps, felt much better for it though, but stomach pains are still kicking in. Starting to regret climbing that damn mountain now. Should have stayed in Kota Kinabalu where at least it’s cheaper to be sick; accomodation here is 3x the price, but at least I got my own room. I don’t think it’ll be fair on other people to be throwing up in a dorm.

Related Posts with Thumbnails

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Alex May 4, 2009 at 2:18 PM

Damn brother, hope you get better soon

Reply

Alex July 26, 2009 at 3:08 PM

Monkeys on the road damn thats cool, I remember the alligators in the road in Florida

Reply

Adventure Rob July 26, 2009 at 6:46 PM

Haha alligators I think is cooler

Reply

Alex September 16, 2009 at 3:35 AM

The monkeys in Batu Caves are badass, I got a couple of good up close shots of them :D

Reply

Leave a Comment

CommentLuv badge

Previous post:

Next post: