Brunei welcomes virtual tourists

Azlan Othman

The charms of Brunei Darussalam with its rich rainforests and greenery were portrayed during the recent virtual trips presented by the Asean-Korea Centre with ASEAN millennials to help people discover the beauty and cultural resources of the region.

Besides featuring the Sultanate, the promotional video also highlighted Indonesia, Myanmar and Vietnam.

The programme originally offered offline familiarisation tours to various tourism destinations in the ASEAN region. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the centre produced a series of videos promoting tourist sites and resources of ASEAN countries.

This year, Korean actress and entertainer So Yu-jin and millennials from ASEAN took online trips to the ASEAN countries.

The first episode on August 31 introduced Brunei’s tourist attractions not widely explored by Korean tourists, Temburong District dubbed ‘the Amazon of ASEAN’; a variety of activities that can be enjoyed only in Brunei, ranging from jungle hiking to scuba diving.

The Temburong District is highlighted in Asean-Korea Centre’s virtual tours. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR

Episode two highlights hidden charms of Indonesia: the country’s present and future – Jakarta, the current capital and new mecca of modern art and Balikpapan, the city in the jungle announced as the new capital; a surfer’s paradise – Bali; Indonesia’s soul food chosen as the World’s Best Food by CNN – Rendang and Nasi Goreng.

The third episode on September 8 will look into the lives of the people of Myanmar: the influence of religion on the lives of its people found in golden Shwedagon Pagoda and Bagan City, the largest pilgrimage site in Myanmar; locals’ traditional way of life in Inle Lake, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve; and the country’s cuisine filled with sincere warmth.

The final episode offers virtual travels to various regions and mouth-watering delicacies in Vietnam, one of the most frequently visited ASEAN countries by Korean travellers: Vietnamese dishes familiar to Korean people such as Pho, Banh mi, and Banh xeo, as well as Hue royal cuisine, the highlight of Vietnam’s food heritage; Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the East meets the West; regions where one can enjoy natural wonders of the country – Tam Coc, Trang An, Dong Van Plateau, Phu Quoc, and Nha Trang.

The ASEAN-Korea Centre released the ASEAN Familiarisation Tour 2021 videos on official YouTube channels of the Centre and ASEAN tourism agencies from August 31.