Brunei Things to Do

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  • Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque
    Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque
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  • Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque
    Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque
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Brunei Things to Do

  • Chinese Temple in Central Bandar Seri...

    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...

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  • Taman Peranginan Tasek

    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!

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  • A bustling little market

    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...

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  • Visiting Kampung Ayer by Watertaxi

    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...

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  • Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque

    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...

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  • A Day Trip to Bangar

    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...

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  • Bukit Patoi Forest Recreation Reserve

    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...

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  • Boat ride to Bangar

    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...

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  • Searching for probiscus monkeys

    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...

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  • Stroll along the Waterfront at night

    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...

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  • Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque:...

    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...

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  • Royal Regalia: A Museum Worth Millions!

    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...

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  • Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah...Largest...

    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...

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  • See how the other half live.

    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...

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  • The Mall

    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...

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  • Royal Regalia Building

    This building was actually really pretty nice, and full of some really great items. A load of discarded relics and monuments to the current Sultan of Brunei, and some of them are really beautiful.We took our shoes off as everyone did, and marched our way in. After a brief walk around the main hall, we wanted to see the rest of the items, but these...

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  • Picking up rubbish, for fun.

    Here is a great tip that will keep you busy, for a very long time. Sure, most countries have piles of rubbish all over the place, but this is Brunei, where the Sultan loves his people and country, gives his people money, discount houses, and it didn't appear to me that the people were struggling to survive, so really no excuse, none at all.

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  • Water Taxi's

    As you walk along the Brunai River, you are shouted at by the drivers of the Water taxis who are the most common means of getting to Kampong Ayer, and getting around really. They will take you to all the houses on stilts that can be seen from the banks, or drive around like mad men with you on board, thinking that you might like it, and you...

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  • Beaches

    We asked a taxi to take us to the most beautiful beach he new about. I think something got lost lost in translation, as we ended up on a beach that could have been quite nice, but due to no maintenance and lack of interest by the people, it was far from it.It may have been however, that this driver believed the beach he took us to, was in fact the...

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  • Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

    After the trip to the mangroves, I went to see the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque which was built in 1958. This is one of the world’s most beautiful mosques.There are days and times in day where the Mosque is closed so better to check first the schedule.

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  • Kampong Ayer

    Next stop is the biggest Malay water village, Kampong Ayer which has houses in stilts. The place is also known as the Venice of the East.

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  • Royal Regalia Museum

    Second stop is the Royal Regalia Museum which displays the Silver Jubilee chariot, armory, and collections of gifts to Sultan from different countries. There are parts of the museum where you can take pictures but most parts are prohibited from taking picture. The gallery is the only area where you can take pictures. There is a locker where you...

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  • Istana Nurul Iman

    Our first stop is the Istana Nurul Iman – the official residence of Sultanof Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah. The palace was designed by a Filipino architect Leandro V. Locsin and constructed by a Filipino firm – Ayala International. The palace is open only during Hari Raya (the festival after the end of the Muslim fasting month). This is the largest...

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  • River cruise

    I really enjoyed the tour in the river and seeing the mangroves and the monkeys. It is truly an exotic experience (at least for me)

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  • Eat Nasi Goreng!

    Nasi Goreng is friend rice in Malay. Expect this dish to be very spicy! Better to have buko juice on the side!

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  • Brunei Museum

    Brunei Museum is located in Kota Batu about 3 miles from Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB).The museum consists of the following galleries:Islamic art galleryThe history and technology of Brunei Darussalam’s petroleum galleryBrunei traditional culture galleryNational history galleryBrunei Darussalam archaeology and history exhibition gallery

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  • Jame’asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

    Jame’asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque is the largest mosque in Brunei and was built to commemorate 25th anniversary of the sultan’s reign. Phone and camera are not allowed inside so you need to deposit it in the locker area. Also women must put on a black robe upon entering the mosque. The staircase behind me consists of 29 steps (the current sultan is...

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  • Visit Muara Beach

    After having breakfast at the hotel, I head to the bus stop just across the place where I was staying. I took Bus No. 55 to Bandar (1 dollar) where I took Bus No. 39 to Muara. At the port in Muara, transfer to Bus No. 33 going to Pantai Muara (Muara bridge).Be very patient in waiting for a bus. It took me 20 minutes to wait for Bus No. 55 in Gadong...

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  • Rainforest trekking . Ship wreck diving

    Rainforest trekking in the Borneo jungle , experience few remaining pristine rainforest in the world before earth turned into a cement city. Visit an Asean Heritage site, Tasek Merimbun Black Water LakeVisit the world's biggest water village, biggest residential palace in the world.Oldest running active Monarchy in the world.Visit the billionth...

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  • Urban emphasis

    Brunei or rather Bandar Seri Begawan as a principal town has characteristics very specific and original. In essence this was a vast village on stilts but fortunes changes with the advent of oil. The terra firma ground was developed to accommodate an expanding urban populace. And in these conditions what is more important to glorify then the...

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  • Trip to The Jungle

    One of the most efficient ways to access the jungle areas of Temburong district of Brunei is to use the services of a tour company. This must sound like a drag but considering that the government of Brunei is taking extremely seriously the preservation of the pristine jungle and turning it into a profitable business this is the way to go. The...

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  • In search of longhouses

    Longhouses are a hallmark of Borneo life as they have been for thousands of years. Nowadays the balance has shifted to more urban life style with easy access to jobs in oil enterprises or towns but the idea is still there. The houses being expanded with the newlywed arrivals who procreate and thus expand the need for more room and hence elongating...

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  • Monkey business

    There are a couple of options for a boat trip in and about Bandar that can be organized absolutely spontaneously at the river front. One of them is a ride to the proboscis monkeys’ hideouts. Compared to what the agencies offer for similar excitement this version is a huge deal. Meanwhile depending on your good luck you get to now a local person,...

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  • River tour to see proboscis monkeys

    We took a ride on a tourist pontoon boat up the Brunei River to see proboscis monkeys. The boat would nose right into the edge of the jungle and we would stay silently for about 15 minutes. The guide would point them out. We saw about four or five, but others saw many more. I didn't get any on film. We did see a monitor lizard and the nostrils and...

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  • Outdoor Market

    There is an ancient outdoor localmarket on one end of town .We came here hopping to find handicrafts but it was mostly a food market for locals. There were many exotic spices ,fruit ,honey and loads of smelly dried fish!!

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  • Royal Military Museum

    The museum is an elaborate and richly design building. It houses the King's chariot and all the gifts given to him my heads of countries at his coronation. Admission is free and its a worthwhile vist .We spent abut an hour here roaming around.We saw the stone walrus given by our country Canada.

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  • Golden Mosque

    Built in 1958 the 171 foot high mosque with its pure gold dome can be seen from virtually anywhere in Bandar Seri Begawan. Named after Omar Ali Saifuddien III, the 28th Sultan of Brunei, the mosque as a symbol of the Islamic faith in Brunei . The call for prayer rings out twice a day for all to hear.

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  • The Water Village

    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...

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  • make an organized day tour

    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 airportvisiting 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...

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  • Royal Regalia

    showing a collection of Brunei's royal regalias...including the crown, "golden cats", chariot, gifts galore etc....

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  • Turtle Management & Conservation

    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...

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  • One for the Road

    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...

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  • Where have all the people gone?

    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...

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  • Arabian Nights

    Visit the Mosque at Bandar Seri BegawanSultan 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...

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  • SULTAN HAJI HASSANAL BOLKIAH FOUNDATION...

    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...

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