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  • Clock Tower at Brunei's center
    Clock Tower at Brunei's center
    by DSwede
  • Bandar Seri Begawan main street
    Bandar Seri Begawan main street
    by balhannah
  • Driving in Bandar Seri Begawan
    Driving in Bandar Seri Begawan
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  • By Land to Brunei

    Brunei is a small enough country but there are more things to do than just a few hours unless of course you want to boast you have been to Brunei. If you want to just to go to the border town of Kuala Belait there are buses leaving from Miri. some of those buses carry on to Seria and BSB the capital. many travelers arrive from miri and tracel to...

  • July Celebration

    One of the highlights in Brunei is his Majesty the Sultan's Birthday celebration. Its a great time for Bruneians as well as for tourist.Tourist can see the celebration, the streets lit up with decorations and sample all the different types of local foods at the night stalls.

  • Don't Expect a Night Life

    The Mosque is interesting to see and its surrounding. We just look at it outside, there were rules of compliance to meet. I am not a muslim so I was very scared I may not be dressed enough to their standard. The river is a busy place for people who cross to the other side by smaller boat. It is amazing people live in the river with their houses...

  • Kabayan!!!

    I was very glad that there were many Filipinos in Brunei. It seems everywhere we go, there are filipinos!!! In the Hotel, Jewelry stores, Shopping malls, Souvenir shops, etc etc!!! What gave life to our somewhat boring visit is that there is a Jolibbee in Darussalam!!! Yehey!!!

  • 10 places you must see in Brunei

    Brunei Darussalam offer a good place to visit but unfortunately most of the tourist didn't know that. Well therefore i better expose my country to world.Brunei Darussalam is a small country and there are a lot of travel agent in Brueni which offer a good price. For example: Ulu ulu Temburung national Park offer you to stay one night. Well if you...

  • Longer Stay in Brunei

    I will side more with cfank's post. if you want to get away and rest, traipsing to Sandakan and Mulu caves are not the answer. But bear in mind, Brunei has limited things to do. it is a very compact country.I used to spend my school holidays in Kuala Belait where my father worked as a doctor, and i still remember my long summer holidays as...

  • History - Brunei 27th Sultan...

    As a stamp collector, I am fascinated by the Bruneian royal history. Unlike other countries in the British Empire, it is the potrait of the Brunei Kings or Sultans rather than King George VI or Queen Elizabeth II that appears on the postage stamps.Per history, the lineage of Brunei Kings or Sultans started back in the 14th century. Sultan Ahmad...

  • Brunei - Geography

    In my humble opinion, Brunei is relatively small and remote.It is located on the tropical island of Borneo, facing the South China Sea and just 5 degrees north of Equator.While Borneo is the world's largest island after Greenland and New Guinea, the land share occupied by Brunei is very small, with just 1%. The bulk of Borneo island belongs to...

  • Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque - Dramatic...

    Again, though I have seen many mosques of different architecture designs and styles, I was captivated by the unique dramatic sharp angles of the the 3 arched entrance of the mosque.It probably make a deep impression to any devout Muslim worshippers entering the mosque. It definitely made an impression for this traveller who thought of speeding...

  • Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque - Marble...

    Was mesmerized by the whiteness and softness of the columns like vanila ice cream cones. The marble floor on our bare feet was cool. It must have cost a bundle to build this beautiful courtyard. No doubt the best artisans and best material was used.Do spend some time just to linger around and appreciate the beauty around you - feast your eyes...

  • History - Brunei 28th Sultan (1950-1967)

    The 28th King of Brunei was Sultan Sir Muda Omar Ali Saifuddien III. The Sultan was the younger brother of the 27th Sultan.The Sultan used the Kingdom new found oil to develop Brunei. One of the Brunei's famous mosques was built during his reign. So the Sultan has been fondly remembered as "Architect of Modern Brunei". The Sultan is allso made an...

  • Where is the oil?

    Brunei produces around 20,000 barrels of oil per day, being the third largest producer of oil in Southeast Asia and 7th largest exporter of liquified natural gas in the world. The major oil and gas companies are Brunei Shell Petroleum and various groups and the Brunei government.We saw many oil storage facilities along the coast at Seria. But the...

  • Brunei 29th King - Sultan Hassanal...

    Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah ascended the throne on October 5, 1967 following the voluntary abdication of his father. He was the eldest son. His majesty was as coronated as the 29th Sultan in 1968.In 1984, Brunei obtained frull independence from the British and joined the UN at the same year. His majesty can be seen often on television at international...

  • Free this...Free that

    Local Bruneians enjoy free medical services and education. There is no personal income tax. With only over 370,000 citizens to share this Kingdom's oil and gas resources! Consider moving to Brunei? OK but no alcohol.There is an international school for primary and secondary for expatriates - though not free.

  • Visa?

    No visit required for Malaysians. I was given 14 days entry.To check based on your country passport: Website:

  • Benevolent ruler

    The current ruler of Brunei, the 29th in a line of succession going back more than six centuries, is - are you ready? - is Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam. He took over when his father abdicated in 1967 and although much of the power in the country is in his hands - apart...

  • I'm going well on Shell, Shell, Shell

    You won't be in Brunei for very long before realising that Shell is the big company in this part of the world. The first oilwell in Brunei was dug as long ago as 1899. Royal Dutch Shell arrived on the scene in 1913 and quickly saw off all its competitors. The big expansion came in the 1960s and 1970s, when advances in technology allowed Brunei...

  • Royal wedding

    The big event of 2004 in Brunei was the wedding of the Crown Prince to a commoner. The Prince, who studied diplomacy and international relations at Oxford University to prepare him for his royal duties in service of the country, married Miss Sarah Salleh in a lavish ceremony. The couple drove through the streets of the capital in a gold open-top...

  • Fascinating Malay culture

    I love the mosques, they are beautiful. Apart from the SOAS Mosque in the city centre, the Jame 'Asr Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque is stunning too. I admire Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah personality too. Get to know him more in the Royal Regalia. Nothing in particular, perhaps getting to know more of the royal families in the Royal Regalia. One of the best...

  • Visit 'Embassy Row.'

    Visit 'Embassy Row.' The rear building on the left with all the flags on it is home to all the foreign embassies.

  • Highlights

    Brunei Darussalam means 'Abode of Peace', indeed 'heaven' compared to most other Asian cities where heavy traffic and air pollution spoil part of the pleasureThe Omar Ali Saiffudien Mosque was one of the highlight for me. Its gold dome glitters in the bright sun. The pillars seem like corkscrews, winding up to heaven.Best time to visit Brunei:avoid...

  • Embassies in Brunei

    If you are curious or would like up-to-date information, it's best to contact your country's embassy in Brunei. Here's a link to some of them.

  • Kampung Ayer

    Some may dubbed this the Venice of the East but Kampung Ayer (literally translated as Water Village) is quite a site.

  • The golden roof of the Sultan's palace

    My fondest memory was driving up to Bandar and seeing the Sultan's palace. On the exterior, almost everything was draped in gold. One can only imagine what it looks like on the inside.

  • I was in Brunei for a night...

    I was in Brunei for a night and spent the whole evening in Jerudong Park. So, I can only tell you about this park.

  • Go to the labbi road...

    Go to the labbi road waterfall.It is a 2 hr hike into the jungle. At the end is a great waterfall and cliff to jump off with only you abd your friends around to enjoy it. I miss the friends i made and all the mischief we got up to.(smoking dope when you get the death sentance if caught!!)

  • Do the museum to see...

    Do the museum to see ostentatiousness of monarcy. You will come out realising that while the Sultan might be one of the richest men in the world, he actually lives in a filthy little town. After that, do you have the stomach to visit his mosque? Honestly, the only real gem of Bandar Sri Begawan are the very friendly and sweet.

  • His Majesty Sultan Haji...

    His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, is the 29th of his line, which dates back to the fourteenth century.Being the eldest son, he became Crown Prince in 1961 and ascended the Throne on 5th October 1967 following the voluntary abdication of his father, Al-Marhum Sultan...

  • Brunei is a little slice of...

    Brunei is a little slice of Islamic heaven. Alcohol is virtually unobtainable, there's no nightlife to speak of, and the political culture encourages quiet acquiescence to the edicts of the sultan. The folk of Brunei are amply rewarded for their conformist ways with free healthcare, free education, free sporting centres, cheap loans and high,...

  • Language: Malay, English,...

    Language: Malay, English, Chinese Religion: 65% Muslim, 15% Buddhist, 10% Christian Government: Monarchy Head of state & Prime Minister: Sultan Sir Hassanal Bolkiah GDP: US$4.5 billion GDP per head: US$14,240 Annual growth: 5% Inflation: 2% Major products/industries: Oil and gas Major trading partners: ASEAN, Japan, Taiwan, S.Korea, USA

  • Full country name: Negara...

    Full country name: Negara Brunei Darussalam Area: 5765 sq km (2248 sq mi) Population: 322,000 Capital city: Bandar Seri Begawan (pop 60,000) People: 69% Malays, 18% Chinese, 7% indigenous tribes (plus 20,000 expatriate workers)

  • Oil & Gas become a major...

    Oil & Gas become a major stake in the Brunei export yearly. The beauty in this major operation ( high risk)they holding The Best Safety Record clocking 13 millions manhours without LTI ( lost time injury ).

  • Bandar Seri Begawan is a...

    Bandar Seri Begawan is a capital of Brunei Darussalam. The country's physical geography and historically the preference of Malays for coastal estuarine settlements, largely determined its pattern of settlement. Even today, many of its inhabitants live over the water in houses built on stilts in what is known as the largest KAMPONG AYER or water...

  • Enjoy watching the sunset with...

    Enjoy watching the sunset with its natural colour illuminating the buildings in the centre of the capital. The colour sky with bands of multitude colours made you wonder whether is this a real thing or not!

  • Enjoy the natural state...

    Enjoy the natural state unspoilt beaches along the coast. Sunsets are beautiful to watch especially with many colours ranges throughout the year. The sun sets usually at 6.25 pm to 6.50pm each evening and it varies at different day throughout the year. Watch out for joggers and cars driving along the beach. Remembered picking up buckets of fishes...

  • Visit the many, many mosques...

    Visit the many, many mosques in that country. I was told that one of them has domes built with solid gold! But honestly, there are many beautiful mosques in Brunei. The one in the picture is the oldest one in Brunei.

  • Visit Kampong Air (see my...

    Visit Kampong Air (see my travelogue). For shopping you could go to the Gadong area or to Yayasan Complex, but most Bruneians would fly to Singapore for their shopping!

  • Explore the rivers on a small...

    Explore the rivers on a small boat. It is quite fun, as you get to see some of the local villages that are built on the rivers and sea.

  • If you visit Brunei during the...

    If you visit Brunei during the islamic holy fasting month Ramadan it is reportedly possible to visit the palace of the sultan. According to what the locals told me the sultan opens the palace for everyone who wants to visit during the Ramadan period.

  • give the Sultan a call. If he...

    give the Sultan a call. If he invites you, you should visit the Sultan's compound. If he does not, make friend's with a Palace Guard's Brother.

  • befriend the Guard when...

    befriend the Guard when visiting a mosque, I remained outside to look after everyone's belongings. Such Sacrifice. I had a chance to visit with the Guards who not only outlined an itinerary for me but offered to take us on a tour.His Brother is a Palace Guard.

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