There is no problem finding a boat to take you out . They seem to appear from nowhere when yoou approach the waterfront. We negotiated an hour for $15.00. Ou "captain" spoke a little building and was able to point out at least some of the things we were seeing.
There are about 30000 living in very modest homes here. Quite a contrast to the 1700 room Palace which can be seen in the distance. The village also has a small Mosque ,which can be recognized my the speakers ,needed for the call to prayer ,which are arranged around the top.
There are also severla small schools in the village.
the village is connected to the city center by foot bridges but most seem to use boats.
if u stay on stopover or if you go for a day or two day visit its advisable to make a ful day tour ..you can just organize at airport
visiting brunei museum, the royal regalia building, shopping mall, sultan omar ali saiffuddien mosque and above all including boat trip to nearby rainforest with big chance to see probiskey monkey in their natural enviroment
Want to see The Ninja Turtle? Opps not Ninja Turtle. Turtles belong to a reptile. There are 7 types of Turtle live in the world. In Brunei alone, we only have three types of Turtle namely Olive Ridley Turtle, Green Turtle and Hawksbill Turtle.
In this Turtle Management and Conservation, they provide you a lot of activities for example cleaning the pool for a Turtle. Beside that for those who like to see the turtle laying egg, please arrange with the supervisor. You also can feeds the turtle but in one condition, please bring cucumber.
You can hold the Turtle too. You can also have a night adventure (seeing the Turtle lays their eggs). In Brunei, Turtles laying eggs between the months of June until November. So don’t miss it.
Opps! Before that let me tell you this. This Turtle Management and Conservation, belong to Fisheries Department, Ministry of Industry.
This picture shows a major road of Bandar Seri Begawan at around 5.30pm. Isn't it amazing, the lack of cars on the road?
In Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok, the roads would be a snarling mass of traffic horrors at such time of day. The Brunei-ans have a lifestyle that is similar to what I've seen in Kuching. They get home earlier (no traffic jam) and spend time in outdoor activities and with family & friends.
Hmmm, maybe I should retire here. Life moves at such a leisurely and stress-free pace. For some excitement, I'll buy a Porsche and will have plenty of road to be a speed demon! haha
As the song goes: This ole heart of town ain’t feeling the beat, that’s for sure.
Nights at Bandar Seri Begawan are rather quiet: Other than the bright shining beacon of the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin mosque the rest of the old town was surprisingly quiet. For a town wallowing in oil, the streets were dimly lit with few shops open and even fewer people around. I had no worries about the safety of the area and in spite of it’s ghostly quiet feel, it was after all only seven-thirty in the evening.
The nightlife (which in Bandar Seri Begawan means cineplexes, shopping malls, ice-cream parlours and coffee bars) now centres in the district of Gadong located at the edge of the old town. That was a walk too far for me. Of course, if you are so inclined, it's not hard to catch a cab.
Visit the Mosque at Bandar Seri Begawan
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin, father of the present Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, built this mosque in the 1950’s and the mosque is named after Sultan Omar himself.
It is an impressive sight especially at night when it is floodlit against the dark night sky. Bathed in light, the domes which are coated in gold appear to glow like a shiny golden beacon, calling out to the faithful and promising light in a world of darkness.
An amalgamation of traditional and modern architectural styles, the Yayasan Complex, as it is locally known, is one of the capital's most pupular shopping venues.
Paved with cooling, polished granite around the central fountain, the Yayasan Complex's colonnaded walkway offers picturesque views of the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque to the west and Kampung Ayer to the east.
The shopping complex was opened in July 1996, and features designer-goods boutiques, department store shopping and fine-dining venues.
The Yayasan Complex is a project of His Majesty to generate revenue for a foundation dedicated to the welfare of the Bruneian people.
The Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque is the one of the most beautiful mosques in South East Asia. With its soaring minarets and golden dome, the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque is an oasis of tranquility within the bustle of downtown Bandar. It is built of Italian marble, gold mosaic and English stained glass, but with craftsmanship that reflects classical Islamic architecture.
The mosque has often become the building that represents the image of Brunei Darussalam in the international arena. From the picture that adorns the tourism marketing campaign for visits to Brunei Darussalam to one in the back of Brunei currency notes. As one of the main and biggest mosques in the country, the Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque often becomes the focal point for religious rituals. Even at an elderly age, the mosque with its strong and solid structure and facade is still sturdy in form, standing proudly in the heart of the capital as the symbol of the glory of religious life in the country.
The Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque with its domes and minarets plated with 24 carat gold, and surrounding gardens, was built to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the king's reign. This mosque is the largest and arguably the most magnificent in Brunei.
Sunday to Wednesday: 8am-12pm, 2pm-3pm & 5pm-6pm
The mosque is closed to non-Muslims on Thursday.
It is open on Saturday provided that there is no official function the following day.
Kampong Ayer, the country's historical attraction and the world's largest water village that is home to more than 30,000 people is next on the list. It is a place where houses on stilts were built on Brunei River. The houses in Kampong Ayer are joined by a maze of inter connecting wooden walkways.
There are water taxi services to Kampong Ayer, with stations at Jalan Kianggeh and Jalan McArthur. Water taxis are the most common form of transport in Kampong Ayer, which is Brunei Darussalam's renowned water village. Regular water taxi and boat services also ply between Bandar Seri Begawan and Bangar (in Temburong), Limbang (in Sarawak), Labuan and some towns in the Malaysian state of Sabah. Water taxi fares are almost always negotiable.
The Royal Regalia Museum houses a unique collection of royal Bruneian artifacts to commemorate the 1992 Silver Jubilee of His Majesty's accession to the throne. Domating the center of the museum is a replica of the Royal Chariot used for His Majesty's accession in 1967. There are also photographs of various royal occasions and state visits. Gifts from foreign dignitaries to His Majesty are also displayed in the museum. Ceremonial regalia on display include gold and silver ceremonial armory and traditional jewel-encrusted coronation crowns.
A journey to the Brunei River is an exceptional experience. For at least 600 years, Bruneians harvested the bounty of the seas and forged a way of life that is still strongly evident in the lives of 30,000 inhabitants of Kampung Ayer, the capital's sprawling water village. The village's century-old mosques, homes, markets, schools, clinics, police and fire stations hover on stilts on the shallow waters of the Brunei River.
This is Brunei's most recognizable landmark. It represents the nation's strong faith in the Islamic religion as the purely white mosque symbolises the beauty of Islam. Built in 1958 during the reign of Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien, the mosque stands in the center of a man-made lagoon on which rests the 16th century royal barge.
Built to commemorate the 25th anniversary of His Majesty the Sultan's reign, this mosque is the largest in the country and the most magnificent. With its intricately ornamented minarets and shimmering golden domes clearly visible along the main route from airport to town, the mosque towers over landscaped terrain dotted with fountains. This is the only mosque in Brunei with separate prayer halls for males and females and is fully airconditioned. The marble tiles are imported from Italy and the dome is gold guilded.
There are quite a few of the monkeys that hang out in the trees along the river. You can take an organized tour if you wish, there are quite a few available to book in BSB, or you can arrange with a taxi driver. Along the river are the odd croc, many birds, some tree lizards and snakes, and of course the proboscis monkey. They are very interesting to see and well worth your time to search them out.