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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Brunei Rivers

A tiny kingdom on the northern shore of Borneo island in southeastern Asia, BRUNEI relies largely on its rivers for transportation although it does have several main roads. The country is split into a large western section and a smaller eastern section, and both of them have rivers. Sungai is the word for river in the Malay language, which is Brunei's official and most widely-spoken language. Below is one of the Internet's most concise yet comprehensive summary of the rivers of Brunei.

— The Belait river (sungai Belait) is the westernmost main river in Brunei. It begins in southern and southwestern Brunei near the border with Malaysia. Belait then flows northward to the South China Sea past communities such as Badas, Kuala Balai, and Kuala Belait. Tributaries include Damit, Kargu, and Mendaram.

— Sungai Tutong features more curves and bends than the Belait river does. Tutong begins north of Mount Ulu Tutong and flows northward past communities such as Bukit, Rambai, Talat, Ukong, Kampung Pengkalan Dong, and Kampung Lubok Pulau.

— The northeastern area of Brunei's western section features the west-east sungai Brunei, a rather short river flowing south of Bandar Seri Begawan - Brunei's capital.

— Sungai Pandaruan flows along the western border of Brunei's eastern section and through dense rainforests. Therefore, there are not many communities sitting beside it. Belais, Buda Buda, and Bukok are some villages. Like sungai Tutong, Pandaruan features lots of U-shaped curves.

— Finally, sungai Temburong flows through Brunei's eastern portion as Pandaruan does. The most-populated city located along this river is Bangar, which has a population of about 4,000 residents in 2015. Other riverside communities include Belaban, Biang, Parit, and Sibut. The southern part of Temburong is oriented east and west. South of this section flows sungai Belalong, a tributary pushing water northward through Ulu Temburong National Park.

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