Bandar Seri Begawan Travel Guide
Things to Do
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddein Mosque &...
Food Markets of Bandar
Beautiful architecture, friendly people, good food
In a nutshell
Rather compact city center, a highlight being the food which is an excellent mix of middle and far-east.
Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque is the largest in the country and was built with the Sultan's cash, so nobody knows the cost of the construction. He built it for his silver jubilee and narrates the story of the Royal Dynasty. The golden domed mosque is surrounded by gardens...
THE SHOE DEPOSIT WALKWAY
At the Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque you will find the shoe deposit walkway, a covered entrance way towards the mosque where worshipers deposit their shoes. There are shelves each side which allow the storage of thousand's of pairs of shoes to be retrieved by the owners...
THE SULTAN'S PRIVATE ESCALATOR
Two staircases are to be found at the entrance of the Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque but in between them you will see an escalator for the Sultan's private use. Why not---he financed the construction.
THE GARDENS OF JAME'ASR HASSANIL BOLKIAH MOSQUE
You can easily spend 30 minutes wandering through the gardens of the mosque as they have been landscaped and tended with loving care. Enjoy the fountains, the man made pool and the trees and flowers that you will find growing in abundance here.
SULTAN OMAR ALI SAIFUDDIN MOSQUE
Unfortunately it was prayer time when we wanted to visit this mosque so we were unable to enter, but it is considered one of the most beautiful mosques in the Asia Pacific and a top tourist destination. My photographs does not do the place justice as it is built by the river...
This mosque, built in 1999, overlooks Kampong Ayer, the water village and serves as the main place of worship for the surrounding inhabitants. Good views of the mosque can be seen from the river. Prayers are conducted 5 times and also offers Islamic services.
KAMPONG AYER---activity on the river.
Wherever you decide to go on Kampong Ayer speedboats will roar passed you in every directions. From the river bank to the village is around 200 metres, a short ride away. Many of the residents park their cars by the side of the river and catch a river taxi home.
TOURING KAMPUNG AYER
We arranged a taxi to take us to visit a house on the water where we were treated to a tasty snack from the owner. Tasty cakes and a cup of tea were provided. In this particular house the owners rolled up their sleeping mats during the day as they accepted guests like us for...
Kampong Ayer is the village built on stilts in the Brunei River that houses 39,000 people. There are actually 42 villages all connected by wooden walkways, with electrical lines dangling from many posts. The 29 kms of footbridges link the 4,200 structures, mostly of which...
THO TENG YUN
The Chinese Temple is surrounded by higher buildings but is colourfully painted and has magnificent murals inside as well as three deities. Although it is not high on the list of places to visit it is still worth seeing.
THE LAPAU BUILDING
This large building with a huge interior golden dome is where the royal ceremonies are traditionally held. The present Sultan was crowned there in August 1968 but unfortunately special permission is required to enter. Adjoining the building is the old Parliament building but...
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KAIZEN SUSHI or NEXT DOOR: RELAX, ENJOY SUSHI or a COFFEE BY THE RIVER
I did not try the sushi on offer at the Japanese Restaurant (Kaizen Sushi) or the Coffee Shop Next door but the two identical buildings are ideally located by the river where the water taxis leave for Kampong Ayer. One can sit and watch the many activities on the river while...
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque at night: All there is to do at night
Altogether we spent three nights in BSB and, well, we were a little bored as to what to do in the evenings. We ate at the same food court place called Taman Selera, which was very good, and tried to make a night of it by drinking our juices very slowly. We did hit the...
Serasa ferry to Labuan
Earliest ferry to Labuan in Malaysia is scheduled to leave at 8:30am but they seem to wait until 9am. The ticket price is B$15 (B$10 for senoirs/children) plus a B$2 departure tax. You will get there in plenty of time to take the ferry to Kota Kinabalu but you need to...
Bus from BSB to Serasa Ferry Terminal
Contrary to information I have read online there was no direct bus from the terminal in BSB to the Serasa Ferry Terminal to catch the ferry to Labuan. Instead take the first bus from the terminal (#37, 38 or 39) at about 6:30am to Maura. From the Maura bus lot take the #33...
Bruneian do speaks English
I'm Bruneian so i know about my country, the customs and others. We shake hands not bowing. Brunei is a Muslim and peaceful country ever... For tourists you don't have to worry about having a holiday here.... NO WORRIES.. Bruneian do speak english, it has been a practice...
ALWAYS CARRY ADEQUATE TRAVEL INSURANCE
BRUNEII Whenever travelling through Asia make sure that you are carrying adeqate travel Insurance..Not to be covered by the appropriate type of travel insurance can be a disaster. I know it's hard to think about accidents and hospitals but unfortuneately the simplest of...
ALWAYS CARRY A GOOD MOSQUITO REPELLANT
Luggage and bags: I always carried a small back pack while travelling here in the tropics to carry daily essentials.
ALWAYS CARRY PLENTY OF FRESH BOTTLED WATER:
A RELIABLE MOSQUITO AND INSECT REPELLANT..A MUST EVERYDAY ITEM..
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: BECAUSE OF SUCH EXTREME HEAT ..CARRY OR WEAR:
A GOOD HAT
A PAIR OF SUNGLASSES
GOOD WALKING /HIKING BOOTS
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: A GOOD SUNSCREEN AT LEAST 30 +
A SMALL TUBE MOISTURISER:
A SMALL TUBE OF LIP BALM:
A PACKET OF HANDY WET WIPES: GOOD FOR THE HEAT ALSO WIPING SMALL INJURIES.
AND THE HANDY SMALL PACK OF TISSUES..(JUST IN CASE THE ROLL IS EMPTY)
a COUPLE OF BAND AID STRIPS.
Photo Equipment: I ALWAYS CARRY IN MY PACK:
ALL MY CAMERA GEAR AND LENSES (OUT OF SIGHT)
A DIGITAL CAMERA BATTERY CHARGER:
A SPARE MEMORY CARD:
AN INTERNATIONAL POWER POINT CONVERTER:
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A SMALL ROLLED UP POCHO FOR HEAVY TROPICAL RAIN:THIS COVERS ME AND MY BACK/PACK
Miscellaneous: ALWAYS CARRY A TORCH..SELF CHARGING IF POSSIBLE: SO MANY PLACES BADLY LIT AT NIGHT.
Updated Dec 26, 2011
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backstreet shops opposite yayasan
some of the shops around bandarare located in unlikely placesfrontage facing a dead-end backstreethowever they survive due to pedestrian trafficcatering to the daily needs of kg ayer folks on their way home.
above-street walkways in bsb
some of the buildings in bandar are connected by above-street-level walkwaysgiving 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
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