Friday, September 12, 2014

Hike and Trails to Bukit Subok Park

WANT to be rewarded with a majestic view of the Brunei Sultanate’s iconic water village and the capital after working out a sweat?
Then the Brunei Bukit Subok Recreation Park and Forest Reserve, with an area of 15 hectares and located about one kilometre from the city centre, is the ideal place to be.
To get to hike the Bukit Subok top, there are two routes to trails and hike— either a challenging steep flight of stairs of about two kilometres to the peak or a long trek with a gradual climb. However, the latter is currently undergoing construction and isn’t advisable for trekking at the moment.
The first route requires one to climb around 600 steps, each varying in height, to the top, providing ample workout especially at brisk pace.
At the top, stunning view of the Brunei bay and its surrounding vistas including Istana Nurul Iman awaits.
From the peak, you can take a path which will lead you to a hanging bridge and a second observation post, which also offers a breathtaking view of the capital and if you can reach it before the crack of dawn, you’d get a scenic view of the sunrise.
The path also leads to the starting point but as it is connected to route two, it isn’t possible to go beyond the post at the moment.
Aside from hiking, the park offers resting huts, where visitors can rest their weary feet after the long trek to the top or for a well-deserved picnic.
A few words of caution, the park isn’t as well-maintained as it was during its heyday. Some of the rails are broken and paths are marred with moss, foliage and falling branches making the ground slippery, therefore it is advisable to enter the park accompanied by a friend and  armed with a walking stick and a pair of sturdy shoes.
In addition, there are a few graves around the park. As a sign of respect for the departed, it is advisable for visitors not to touch or disturb these resting places.
The proximity to the centre of the city and a purple line bus stop at the foot of the hill, which is near the entrance, makes the park an idyllic place to exercise and to take in the wonderful sights.
So, whether you’re a health enthusiast, thrill-seeker, a photographer or just a curious passerby, Bukit Subok Recreational Park and Forest Reserve offers you more than just a hike.
The Brunei Times

Bukit Subok bridge
Bukit Subok bridge

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Luagan Lalak Forest Recreation Park

Luagan Lalak Forest Recreation Park

Drive to the south eastern part of Brunei’s beautiful interior and stop by Tutong town. 
Visit the “Luagan lalak” a serene peaceful natural alluvial fresh water swamp 
(which looks like a lake). At Labi, you can see vast rice field, green orange farm, 
papaya farm and many other local fruit trees. 

Upon arrival at Labi, we will visit a tribal longhouse called “Rumah Panjang”. 
It belongs to a tribe called “Iban” which was once known as the fierce 
head hunter of Borneo. At the longhouse, learn about their lifestyle and 
handicraft that they made.

25 kilometres from Sungai Liang Forest Recreation Park is 
Luagan Lalak Forest Recreation Park.  Location at Labi Belait District. 
It covers an area of about 270 hectares, within the Labi Hills Forest Reserve.

How to get hereDrive all the way to Sungai Liang and then take
the left turn towards Labi
and you are on the Labi Road.
The park is 25km up Labi Road.
This Luagan Lalak Forest Recreation Park features an alluvial 
freshwater swamp or ‘empran’. In drier months, the water level usually 
recedes drastically, and the valley is covered by a field of sedges, 
mainly Lepironia species. This occurrence is very rare in the country, 
or for that matter, in the whole island of Borneo.

This Luagan Lalak Forest Recreation Park has been built with amenities 
for the easy use of visitors.  Shelters, footpaths and a wooden bridge of 
200 meters spans across the lake can be seen. Further development 
and additional facilities are being proposed by the Forestry Department 
under the Ninth National Development Plan.

  • Huts
  • BBQ pits
  • Public toilets
  • Wooden walkway

Luagan Lalak Forest Recreation Park

Luagan Lalak Forest Recreation Park

Luagan Lalak Forest Recreation Park

Luagan Lalak Forest Recreation Park

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Pulau Selirong Forest Recreation Park

His Royal Highness The Crown Prince Haji Al Muhtadee Billah of Brunei Darussalam at pulau selirong
His Royal Highness The Crown Prince Haji Al Muhtadee Billah of Brunei Darussalam at Pulau Selirong

Pulau Selirong Forest Recreation Park is one of the amazing forest parks in Brunei Darussalam. It is situated in the outer southeast-ward reach of the Brunei Bay and covers a total area of 2,566 hectare of largely pristine mangrove forest. This Pulau Selirong Forest Recreation Park is accessible only by means of commercial motorised boats.

Entering this Pulau Selirong Forest Recreation Park is an experience itself. The meandering water channel in the Pulau Selirong Forest Recreation Park is lined with bakau trees – reputed to be the largest in the region – propped up by a labyrinth of stilt roots: or laced by patches of undisturbed nipah palms. The island also harbours a wide variety of interesting wildlife that includes unique mammals, colourful resident and migratory birds, rare reptiles and fishes and crustaceans.

Pulau Selirong Recreational Park

Pulau (Island) Selirong situated in the vicinity of Brunei Bay has an area of more than 2,200 hectares. The island is also covered with a rich variety of plants in all sorts of sizes including mangrove trees whose trunks are reputedly bigger than any found in neighbouring countries. The mangrove's wood is a valuable material in the building industry where it is used for piling especially in muddy soil. It is also burnt to make charcoal.

The fauna in the island is even more exotic. It has among others the flying lemur. And if one is in luck, it is usual to see them soaring from tree to tree.
The facilities in the island include among others two-kilometres of boardwalks, four berths, several platforms for briefing visitors, huts and observation towers.

The journey to the island may take slightly more than an hour. However, due to the shallow nature of the water leading to the island, the rest of the short distance of travel will have to be made by smaller boats. Trips to the Island are best booked through one of the tour operators

There are jetties in different parts of the island which provide mooring facilities for boats carrying passengers to the island.

45 minutes away from Muara by boat, Pulau Selirong is fondly known for its immaculate
mangrove forest. The facilities on the island include a two-kilometre boardwalk, four berths
and several platforms for briefing visitors, in addition to a number of huts and observation


Pulau Selirong is on the other side of Brunei ie Temburong, accessible only by boat... takes about 1 hr from BSB .... best to go with a tour operator as place is really isolated and need a guide.... primarily mangroves and palms, and proboscis monkeys plus other wildlife... need minimum 4 hrs, plus insects repellents.
Alternative is Damuan River tour, adjacent to palace and along Brunei river......

Pulau Selirong, an island forest reserve located in the Brunei Bay 
near Temburong, Brunei. 

Selirong Island is Brunei's largest island covering 2566 hectares in total land size. To be known as the best tropical mangrove forest in south east asia i.e. the mangrove amongst the oldest in the world with tree trunks reputedly bigger than neighbouring countries
- home of amazing flora & fauna species
- 95% mangrove forests are tidal swamps
- bakau minyak (rhizophora apiculata)
- bakau kurap (rhizophora mucronata)
- linggadai (bruguiera gymnorrhiza)
- lobsters mounds usually covered by piai fern (acrostichum aureum) abound in areas occupied by the xylocarpus granatum (nyireh mangrove)
- numerous semi-permanent lakes
- one of the last mangrove areas with all major habitats & forest types nature on earth
- bebarahan, belais, ketam, kerapu, ketambak, kitang, kurau, languran, pari, selungsong, sembilang, tabana, umpak & ungah


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