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    Chinese Temple in Central Bandar Seri Begawan

    by Daihappydai Written Sep 29, 2014

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    A small Chinese temple resides little more than 500 metres from the huge Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque. Its worth taking a peek as you stroll down Jalan Sungai Kianggeh - not least to appreciate that in this Moslem stronghold where the drinking of alcohol is strictly forbidden and vices such as smoking are strongly frowned upon - there is some religious freedom.

    Chinese Temple in Bandar Seri Begawan Chinese Temple in Bandar Seri Begawan
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    Taman Peranginan Tasek

    by Daihappydai Written Sep 29, 2014

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    On a hot afternoon, I walked from the Terrace Hotel to Taman Peranginan Tasek hoping to find some shade. While quite beautiful in its own way, with some river views and sculptured monuments and pathways, there are few trees.
    Many local people come to the park to exercise - for most, this involves a drive in their car both ways!

    Taman Peranginan Tasek Waterfront walkway at Taman Peranginan Tasek Looking downriver at Taman Peranginan Tasek Taman Peranginan Tasek Taman Peranginan Tasek
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    A bustling little market

    by Daihappydai Written Sep 29, 2014

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    Near the junction of Jalan Sungai Kianggeh and Jalan Residency is a small market that sells fresh fruit and other produce, along with sweet treats, pharmaceuticals and even some clothing. I found it to be a fun place, perhaps because it is so different to the rest of Bandar Seri Begawan where everything seems calm and ordered. Here there were loud noises and a lot of hustle and bustle - even a little rubbish, although everything was spotless by the end of the day.
    Clearly many residents of the water villages come to this market as there was shopping bags lined up along the river's edge waiting for transport in one of the many water taxis.
    Definitely worth a 'congested' walk down the narrow aisles.

    Looking across Sungai Kianggeh to the market Piles of dried fish at the market in BSB
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    Visiting Kampung Ayer by Watertaxi

    by Daihappydai Written Sep 27, 2014

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    Tourist agents arrange half-day and full day trips around Bandar Seri Begawan including visits to Kampung Ayer south, but it is just as easy to negotiate a trip with one of the drivers of the watertaxis - and at a much cheaper price. Many live in the water village so have a lot of knowledge about its history.
    Scooting beneath the many overhead walkways is a lot of fun.
    As a school teacher, I was quite fascinated by the number of schools built over the water - obviously no play grounds for the children, simply a place for lessons. As many as 20,000 people live in the water villages so I suppose there is a need for schools close by.
    A snack or coffee at a restaurant built over the water and looking back to the city centre is an enjoyable experience.
    Also a bit of fun stopping at a 'petrol station' on the water to fill up!

    Weaving through Kampung Ayer south Part of a long school building built on the water Restaurant at Kampung Ayer looks back to the city The local petrol station Weaving through the homes of Kampung Ayer
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    Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque

    by Daihappydai Updated Sep 27, 2014

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    This beautiful mosque in the heart of Bandar Seri Begawan is really a must-see at night. I wasn't sure of the etiquette when I walked past one evening and stood taking some photos from outside the grounds. An elderly man invited me in and showed me around - the mosque at night is really a meeting point for locals. The people are rightly proud of the building.
    Besides the amazing building itself, the ceremonial stone boat sitting in the lagoon adjacent to the mosque is lit up in bright colours at night.

    Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Bandar Seri Begawan The minaret is the tallest structure in BSB Ceremonial boat on the lagoon of the mosque Small pavilion on the lagoon of the mosque Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, BSB
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    A Day Trip to Bangar

    by Daihappydai Written Sep 27, 2014

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    Organised trips to Ulu Temburong National Park are very expensive if you are travelling alone and on a budget. It is still possible to visit the Temburong enclave cheaply and just take a wander around Bangar. Boat rides from Bandar Seri Begawan are $6 one way. If you do want to get all the way to the National Park and back in one day, you need to start very early.
    In Bangar there are a few shops to browse, a nice waterfront walkway and a small market selling a variety of sweet treats. If you have the time, take a taxi to Taman Rekreasi Hutan Bukit Patoi for a walk in the forest (see separate tip).

    Looking down Sungai Tempurong at Bangar Local market at Bangar Local market at Bangar Bangar jetty for boats to Bandar Seri Begawan
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    Bukit Patoi Forest Recreation Reserve

    by Daihappydai Written Sep 27, 2014

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    If you are doing a day trip to Bangar, Taman Rekreasi Hutan Bukit Patoi, about 15km from Bangar is a beautiful place to spend a couple of hours.
    I organised a taxi - actually just a local driver I started chatting to - to take me to the park and pick me up two hours later. At the park there is a picnic area and a ranger's office - although no one was around on the day I visited.
    There are well maintained walking trails up Bukit Patoi - it is quite steep in parts - beautiful virgin forest, lots of bird and insect life.
    Be sure to take water with you and be careful on the way down - the moist forest floor can be quite slippery.
    I really enjoyed the serenity of the forest.
    the park has had at least one 'famous' visitor (see photos).

    Entrance to Bukit Patoi Recreation Reserve Lush forest in Taman Rekreasi Hutan Bukit Patoi Steep downhill trails in the Bukit Patoi forest A visit from Royalty! Picnic area at Bukit Patoi Reserve
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    Boat ride to Bangar

    by Daihappydai Written Sep 27, 2014

    Even if you don't have the time (or money) to stay overnight at Ulu Temburong National Park, a day trip to Bangar, the starting point for trips to the park, can be a lot of fun. This is due in large part to the exhilarating boat ride from Bandar Seri Begawan to Bandar.
    From a small jetty on Jalan Residency, just east of Sungai Kianggeh, speed boats run continuously throughout the day transporting people and produce on the 45 minute ride. The ride takes you along Sungai Brunei, into mangrove lined waterways and onto Sungai Temburong. The twisting and turning is equivalent to any good theme park ride (and goes for considerably longer).
    In June 2013, prices were still $6 one way. Note that last departure from Bangar varies - it depends upon how busy it is, so unless you have been advised of late departure times, it is best to be back at the Bangar jetty between 4 and 4.30pm to ensure a return trip.

    Boat waiting to leave Bangar for BSB Travelling back from Bangar to BSB Takinbg a turn on the boat ride to BSB A calm stretch on the boatride from Bangar
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    Searching for probiscus monkeys

    by Daihappydai Written Sep 27, 2014

    Many tourist agencies offer trips down Sungai Brunei for a chance to see probiscus monkeys. It is far cheaper to organise your own trip by simply going to the waterfront and negotiating with a boatperson. If you are travelling alone, this can cut the cost by more than 50%.
    There is never a guarantee that you will see the long-nosed ape but many of the boat drivers have done this trip hundreds of times and so have good knowledge of where the monkeys might be. The best time to go is very early in the morning or close to dusk as the probiscus tend to closest to the water's edge at this time.
    My guide/boat driver was determined that we would see some and even went up quite narrow canals to search. He spotted quite a few for me although they were a fair way back from the edge so hard to get a good photo.

    A probsicus monkey spotted high in the trees On the river in search of probiscus monkeys My friendly boatsperson
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    Stroll along the Waterfront at night

    by Daihappydai Written Sep 27, 2014

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    Bandar Seri Begawan is not a 'hot' spot for night-time activities. Apart from eating out and shopping, there isn't a lot to do. The waterfront is quite picturesque at night. Water taxis buzz in and out. You can see the lights of south Kampung Ayer across the river. And there are several good restaurants right on the edge of the water where you can enjoy a meal.

    The Bandar Seri Begawan waterfront at night Watertaxis pull in and out throughout the night.
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    Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque: Mosque Madness!

    by lakwatserang-ligaw Updated Apr 1, 2014

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    Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque is an Islamic mosque located in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of the Sultanate of Brunei. Considered as one of the most beautiful mosques in the Asia Pacific, it is a place of worship for the Muslim community, a major landmark and a tourist attraction of Brunei. Christians are not allowed to enter the Mosque when they have an event. We went there without knowing and we ended up sitting outside. The people are friendly enough to suggest to come back the next day or visit other mosques.

    Named after Omar Ali Saifuddien III, the 28th Sultan of Brunei who also initiated its construction, the mosque serves as a symbol of the Islamic faith in Brunei and dominates the skyline of Bandar Seri Begawan. The building was completed in 1958 and is an example of modern Islamic architecture.

    The mosque's most recognizable feature - the main dome, is covered in pure gold. The mosque stands 52 m (171 ft) high and can be seen from virtually anywhere in Bandar Seri Begawan. The main minaret is the mosque's tallest feature. In a unique way it mixes Renaissance and Italian architectural style. You can appreciate more the gold dome at night. I didn't get enough of this mosque. It's just too alluring for me, I think I loved this mosque the moment I saw it.

    Opening hours:
    Interior
    Saturday - Wednesday; 8.30am-12:00pm / 1:30pm-3:00pm / 4:30-5:30pm
    Friday; 4.30pm-5:00pm
    Thursday; Closed

    Exterior
    Daily; 8:00am-8.30pm (except prayer times)

    Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque 16th Century Sultan Bolkiah Mahligai Barge Replica The Mosque's Main Minaret Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque from Yayasan Comp
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    Royal Regalia: A Museum Worth Millions!

    by lakwatserang-ligaw Written Apr 1, 2014

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    This museum is devoted to the sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. The main gallery displays the coronation and Silver Jubilee Chariots, gold and silver ceremonial armory and traditional jewellery encrusted coronation crowns. A collection of documents that chronicles the sultan's life up to the coronation together with the constitutional history gallery is also housed in the same building. When called upon to present a gift to the sultan of Brunei, you must inevitably confront the question: what do you give a man who has everything? Here you'll see how various heads of state and royalty have solved this conundrum (hint: you'll never go wrong with priceless gold and jewels). It's nice to know what your own leader has given to his majesty.

    Shoes must be removed before you enter. Slippers for the guests are limited so if you are late, you walk around barefooted. Bags & cameras need to be deposited before they allow you to enter. They have lockers for your things.

    This building worth millions! Taking pictures at the main gallery is not allowed. However, you can still take pictures when you go out of the main gallery.

    No entrance fee. Opening hours:
    Sunday - Thursday; 9:00am-5:00pm
    Friday - 9:00am-11.30am / 2.30pm-5:00pm
    Saturday - 9:45am-5:00pm (Last Entry 4.30pm)

    The Royal Regalia No choice but take pictures of yourself :P Royal Regalia's Celling Royal Regalia's Display Royal Regalia's Display
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    Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah...Largest Mosque!

    by lakwatserang-ligaw Written Apr 1, 2014

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    Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque (at night) - Built in 1992 to celebrate the 25th year of the current sultan's reign, Brunei's largest mosque and its four terrazzo-tiled minarets dominate the 'suburbs' of BSB. It's certainly a...noticeable building; because the sultan is his dynasty's 29th ruler, the complex is adorned with 29 golden domes. At night the mosque is lit up like a gold flame.

    The interior is best described as jaw-droppingly over-the-top. The sheer volume in itself is amazing, not to mention the myriad woven rugs scattered across the men's prayer hall. You can't take pictures of the inside of this mosque. They don't allow people to enter also, just was lucky I had to use the restroom and was able to see the inside. Same as the other mosques in Brunei, it's best to see this at night.

    What amazes me is the the stairways! I really can't fathom how rich and extravagant Brunei is!

    Opening hours:
    Monday to Wednesday & Saturday- 8:00am-12:00pm / 2:00pm-3:00pm / 5:00pm-6:00pm
    Friday - 5:00pm-6:00pm
    Sunday - 10:30am-12:00pm / 2:00pm-3:00pm / 5:00pm-6:00pm
    Thursday - Closed

    Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque Stairways Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque
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    See how the other half live.

    by Madasabull Written Feb 4, 2014

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    Visiting the palace of the Sultan, and other homes belonging to the Sultan's family, is something to do of course.

    These homes are amazing. You can peep in through the gates and fences and see how much luxury there is in there. This is the same anywhere in the world of course, but here, although these homes are grand, they aren't as showy on the outside as palaces in some parts of the world, but make no mistake, the Sultan's Palace is huge and luxurious in the grounds.

    It was nice getting around and seeing other things on the way to these places too, and although we couldn't get past the gates, that was OK, one look at me and they would have added extra security anyway :)

    The Sultan's Palace
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    The Mall

    by Madasabull Written Feb 3, 2014

    It's a shopping mall in the city center. It sells all sorts of stuff. That's it really, a Mall is a Mall is a Mall.

    Oh, we had a nice ice cream while looking at a Mosque in the distance.

    I'm sorry, I am really struggling here to find good things to do and see in Brunei. Have you heard the expression "if your give a lemon, make lemonade"?, that doesn't apply here.

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