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Mice Asia Net : January 2009
brunei post-conference ITINERARY IDEAS Story by Johanna Mc Kinnon taking an incentive or post-conference group to Brunei is an exotic treat. experience other facets of this interesting country and we’ve come up with a couple of ideas to include in your itinerary. T DAY 1 If your group has been conferencing in Brunei’s capital, it is ideal to start your adventure from there. The Bandar Seri Begawan city tour is a great way for delegates to get their bearings and experience the way of life of Bruneians. The next stop is to get a closer look at the two famous mosques. Don’t forget to let your delegates know about the etiquette of visiting a mosque. Visitors need to respect the customs such as removing their shoes and, particularly for women, ensuring they are suitably attired. And, your delegates will love the opportunity to stop and check out the Sultan’s Palace (through the large gates). If they’re lucky they might even spot some members of the royal family. Spending the afternoon exploring the Kampong Ayer water village and afternoon tea in a local family’s home is the end of an action-packed first day. DAY 2 Get out of the city and into nature to tour the Ulu Temburong National Park. Your group can enjoy a full day of trekking which includes a ride on a native longboat through the rainforest. 32 miceAsia.net he cultural and natural attractions in Brunei are almost endless and will keep your delegates enthralled right to the end. A post-conference trip is the perfect way for your group to Alternatively, your group can experience a half-day tour of the Tasek Merimbun, which is Brunei’s largest blackwater lake. Delegates can take a boat trip on the lake, framed by pristine rainforest, follow trail walks and finish off with a picnic or a visit to a local Dusun community. Some of these activities can also double as team-building opportunities as well as a chance to take in the region’s natural beauty. DAY 3 Another full day of touring can include a nature tour to the Belait district. This area is considered to have some of the finest rainforest in Brunei. This tour includes a stop at the Wasai Wong Kadir waterfall and the Sungai Liang Nature Park. After your delegates have stretched their legs and taken a closer look at the beautiful flora and fauna the next stop is a visit to an Iban community in the Labi area. Here delegates can experience the traditional way of life of these indigenous communities who call this rainforest home. Extras Each of these days can be tailored to include luxury tours with golf and equestrian sports at The Empire Hotel and Country Club, Malay heritage tours, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, or diving in the reefs and wrecks off the coast. ABOVE: Wasai Wong Kadir waterfall. Photo courtesy of Brunei Tourism.