Around the World in Review, Leg 12: Brunei, Malaysia, Kalimantan, Java, Bali, and Timor-Leste

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Well rested and ready once again for some adventure, Angela and I flew from Medan, Indonesia, to Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, with another quick stop through Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It’s always an interesting day when you can pass through three exotic countries in one go.

In Brunei, we rented a car at the airport and, once again, adjusted to driving on the left-hand side of the road, English style. After a short road trip to Miri in the Malaysian state of Sarawak, we returned to Brunei for more waterborne adventures. First, we caught a river ferry to the Temburong district of Brunei. Then, a few days later, we caught another ferry to the Malaysian federal island of Labuan.

With two grueling layovers in Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta, Indonesia, we endured a difficult travel day flying from Brunei to Balikpapan in the Indonesian state of Kalimantan. It took us a couple of days to recover from the trip, but we found a wonderful hotel in which to rest.

From Balikpapan, we traveled to Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and then on to Bali where we encountered a surprising amount of Western hipsters and some underwhelming food.

Leaving Indonesia behind for this trip, we next traveled to the little-visited island nation of Timor-Leste where we packed some serious adventure into just a few days. Sketchy hotels, crazy cab rides, and some of the best authentic Mexican cuisine we’d ever tasted!

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