Lest We Forget


Compiled by Faruq Bostaman

A view that will keep you in shape


SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 – The Kenali Negara Kitani campaign organised by the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources, is highly applauded by the locals for encouraging Bruneians to support the tourism industry.

There are numerous interesting places to visit such as Muara and Serasa beaches, Bukit Shahbandar Forest Recreational Park and the world-renowned Kampong Ayer, just to name a few attractions located in Brunei-Muara District.

Another great place for the locals to visit is Tasek Lama Recreational Park. With the continuous face-lift done by the authorities, the park is getting better in terms of looks and safety. Facilities include well-built stages, rock-climbing facilities and children’s playground.

Running tracks, paved with synthetic rubber, is one of the main attractions. Although the park does not have as many hills or physically demanding tracks such as Bukit Shahbandar in Jerudong, it offers some pretty good trails to test the endurance of trekkers.

People of all ages and from walks of life enjoy their hikes at Tasek Lama. For running or simply walking, Tasek Lama is a favourite spot to stay fit. Most of the hills at Tasek Lama are relatively low although there are a couple of steep and tricky slopes.

View of Kumbang Pasang and Kiulap
ABOVE & BELOW: One of among many steps along a track; and steps equipped with ropes for easy trekking

Ever since its face-lift, Tasek Lama, situated in the heart of Bandar Seri Begawan, is starting to become a very attractive place. The trees, plants, streams and pathways seem to accessorise the already attractive park, making the place a peaceful and relaxing place to be.

Some trekkers begin their walk or run as early as 5.30am.

Just think of the beautiful sunrise that greets these early-bird trekkers. More new routes have been opened and the trekkers can go as far as Kampong Subok – the hike back and forth can take as long as three hours.

However, a trek within the Tasek Lama area usually takes only just over 30 minutes.

Monkeys are common here and so visitors should be wary not to provoke the animals. Many hikers have also spotted snakes.

Although the paths are not that difficult to follow, runners, especially the new ones, can still get confused, if not, lost in the woods. This is due to the lack of signs that would help clarify directions on the many trails. The Tasek Lama forest is a place of many interests.

Trekkers, and runners alike, go there to face the challenges that the hilly terrain offer them.

Individuals or families go there to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life in order to be among nature.

There are also those who simply just enjoy the anticipation of reaching a hilltop where they are rewarded with a beautiful view of the city.