Our journey began in 2014, from a mere small hut for our mum to catch a break from her gardening activities. Our first formal event started back in March 2015, when we hosted Anne Osbourne and her son Cappi (known as the Fruit Boy) at the now named Eco Ponies Garden. They came to plant their own Durian trees together with a group of 65 primary school students from Rambai Primary School and Kiudang Chung Hwa Primary School in Tutong, plus Sungai Liang Primary School from the Belait district.
Over time, we added more buildings, expanded our activities and unintentionally developed into a tourist attraction that now offers visitors a taste of nature and kampung (village) life.
Over the last 3 years, we have been honoured to be able to host many local and international visitors, from backpackers, families and eco-tourists to foreign school groups, Government Ministers, Ambassadors and Embassy staff and company away-day groups - all looking to participate in our unique local experience.
We are privileged to have the support of our local diverse community around Lamunin, made up of indigenous Dusan, Tutong, Kedayan and Iban friends, who are willing to share the values and traditions of the olden days of rural life. This includes their expertise in the making of traditional crafts such as gasing (top spinning), weaving and other arts and crafts and games.We are also honoured and privileged to have the support of Brunei Tourism, Tutong District Tourism Promotion and Coordination Body, and would like to thank early supporters such as AZ Back To Nature tours, Eco Sumbiling Village, Eko Kampung, iCook Asia (to name but a few) as well as the Lamunin Community and our partnership with Kommunihub Co. over 2018.
We understand that one of the main things about being environmentally responsible is to make sure it is sustainable. That's why we seek to re-invest the money we make from hosting at the garden back into the garden and supporting community members who help us.
This includes not only providing employment at Eco Ponies for our local youths, but also in training and investing in their development for the future, to provide them opportunities in whatever businesses they are interested in.