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If you browse the map, you will notice that Labuan is located near to the Borneo Island. Apparently it’s not part of either Sarawak or Sabah, but it’s the federal territory in East Malaysia. The capital for Labuan is called Victoria, and the island has a lot of oil and gas companies so to name a few like Halliburton, Carigali,
Shell, Schlumberger and etc. If you are at Limbang like me, the boat is the only way to get there.
One thing good about Labuan is that it’s a duty free island. You can get liquor, fragrance, and chocolate with a duty free price. So is cheap… a chocolate lover like me, this is heaven.
The fees now are cheaper, forth and back trip cost RM29, cause the government subsidies a part of the fees. Back then it was RM60.
The boat is a fully air-condition express boat; you can get your ticket right in front of the Limbang custom office. The depart time is 8AM, and after you get the ticket, you need to get the ticket stamps by the custom officer.
It’s a 2 hours boat trip to Labuan, and the journey starts at the Limbang river, the Limbang river are heavily polluted, and the color of the river are dark chocolate. So whoever wants a free coco drinks, you can get it here
Then, the will boat sails towards the Brunei Bay. So my dear reader, if you are running a mobile data, please makes sure that it’s temporary off. If not the roaming internet bill will eventually kill your wallet. After the Brunei Bay, only then the boat entered the South China Sea.
Around 10AM, and I’m there!!!
After all these years, I think I didn’t come back here for more than 10 years. Last time I came I’m still in secondary school, and we come here for the cheap beer and bar girls.
I then get a map from the information counter, and start to look for that Labuan Backpack hotel address. Been trying to get in touch with them online, but fail to do so.
I also rented a scoter to roam around the island, so let the adventure begins :D
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