some of the shops around bandar
are located in unlikely places
frontage facing a dead-end backstreet
however they survive due to pedestrian traffic
catering to the daily needs of kg ayer folks on their way home.
some of the buildings in bandar are connected by above-street-level walkways
giving occupants and office workers easy and convenient access to the foodcourts in the buildings and access to the multistorey carpark and bus terminal.
useful especially during heavy downpours
the hill behind the radisson hotel offers a different view of bsb.
the "four domes" view offer sight of the white dome of the royal regalia museum, the golden dome of SOAS mosque, the green dome of Kg Tamoi mosque and the golden domes of Istana Nurul Iman in the background.
the side streets of bandar seri begawan are usually one-way streets separating buildings or shophouses lots, and giving access to municipal workers to collect refuse etc. and for loading and unloading of goods...
hence they tend to be ignored....
Located just to the north of the main city centre, this lovely blue painted wooden church was originally built in the 1930's by the British. The present church building is the third to be built, and was consecrated on St Andrew's Day, on 30th November, 1950. The church has ministries in several local languages including Malayalam, Tamil, Chinese and Iban.
Jln Haji Basir
Makam Di-Luba is the mouseleum? of the 16th Sultan of Brunei
located across Kg Bunut and Damuan river
boats with tourists on proboscis monkey tours pass by the bridge to the Makam
a quiet spot for fishing, one could catch a croc instead!
Damuan recreational park is home to a display of sculptures by ASEAN artists
also a popular jogging and walking park amongst locals, and kiddies mini playground
along Tutong road and Damuan river, and right next to the Sultan's palace
used to have a nice seafood restaurant, hopefully the park will be developed further as a tourist spot.
an almost quiet and peaceful place if one ignores the traffic!
Brunei is cut in its middle by a sliver of Sarawak and the largest district of Brunei lies on the other side of Sarawak: the district of Temburong. The drive there itself, in a speed boat, through placid river that at times is so wide and with distant mountains in sight is enjoyable. Half an hour or so later, more likely close to one hour you arrive at a small village called Bangar and from there can make arrangements to go to the Eco Reserve which unfortunately will be privatized very soon, so that charges would go up and resorts might enter. Still it is very far from the regular travel routes.
There is a small park along the Brunei River at the location where the people of Kampong Ayer (water village) park their cars. It is located along Jalan MacArthur to the east of the city, and there is a small jetty where the locals take the speedboats from the city to their homes at Kampong Ayer. This place offers very nice and relaxed views of the Brunei River and Kampong Ayer.
There is an impressive fountain at Yayasan shopping complex in-between the two buildings of the shopping complex. In fact, there is a small stairs at the fountain which will bring you up and let you have a good view of the Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque from this area.
If you are in Bandar Seri Begawan, you will come across a small area in-between the Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque and the stadium which resembles a small town square. There is a fountain here as well as a tall flagpole with the Brunei flag. In fact, this is a very good location for you to take the photo of the Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque with you inside the photo as well :)
If you are walking along Jalan Sultan road from the Royal Regalia Museum towards the waterfront area or vice versa, you will see an interesting clock along the road (see photos). I was told there was once when someone in the Brunei government actually torn down the clock. When the Sultan found this out, he was very angry and instructed for the clock to be put up again in it's original place :)
A lot of People who live in Brunei (Bruneian and Expats) like to spend their nights in Outskirt of Brunei - Kuala Lurah. It is the border of Limbang - Sarawak which is just 30mins drive from Bandar Seri Begawan. If you are staying at the Empire, it is about 15mins drive.
You will find a lot of hawker stores there selling food and alcoholic drinks at cheap price. if you prefer chinese food, you can ask people around to show u the way to one of a corner where all the chinese hawker stores is. the BBQ Lamb and Fried CHicken wing are really good. You can find BBQ StingRays and other seafood there too. Can Beer like Tiger, Carlsberg, Heneiken is only B$2 (USD 1.2) there. You can bring it back to Brunei but each person is limited to either 2 Bottles of 1 Litre Wine or 12 cans of Beer.
They open from morning til 10pm.
If you are staying in Brunei for awhile and trying to find another place to chill out...
Would suggest going to a local travel agent and arrange for a weekend trip to
1) Miri Town Tour in Sarawak, Malaysia
2) Mulu Caves which is a UNESCO Natural Heritage Site, also in Sarawak, Malaysia
Both sites are closer to Brunei than other parts of Malaysia. So when in Brunei, you might want to take advantage of the close proximity.
Jerudong Park is a world class amusement park build in the early 1990s for the people of Brunei. The park is located in the Jerudong area, about 30 min from BSB and is a favorite amongst the locals & foreigners from nearby Malaysia. At first, it cost nothing (FREE!) to get in and play. Nowadays, you have to pay to go on the rides in the park but it is still lots of fun, especially the pirate ship, bumper cars, rollercoaster & free fall. Last time I was there I had to pay for almost all the rides individually.
Concerts were also held here; I went to a Michael Jackson concert here once. When you are feeling hungry, there are stalls selling fast food nearby but do eat after the exciting rides.