Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Mosque.


8 Must DOs in Brunei

Written by BIG Magazine

1. VISIT KAMPONG AYER

Kampong Ayer, or Water Village, is a township of multi-coloured houses built on stilts over the Brunei River. Take a boat ride through the narrow waterways between the myriad colourful houses and take a peek into the unique lifestyle of the residents there. Make sure you visit the Kampong Ayer Cultural and Tourism Gallery.

 

 

2. TASTE THE LOCAL DELIGHTS

Local sweet and savoury snacks such as tapai, wajid, pulut panggang, buahulu and penyaram can be found at the outdoor tamu markets. For a quick and cheap meal try the Nasi Katok – a simplified form of nasi lemak wrapped in brown paper – a meal that is available almost anywhere. But for a truly local gastronomical experience, go to Tarindak D'Seni at Jln Kota Batu and try the ambuyat.

 

 

3. VISIT THE MOSQUES

Islam is the state religion of Brunei and the mosques are the most prominent landmarks that portray the strong Islamic influences in the country's rich culture. Most prominent are the beautiful mosques around Brunei. Visit the magnificent Masjid Omar 'Ali Saifuddien at the heart of the city's capital, the ornate Jame' 'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque or the charming Ash-Shaliheen Mosque.

 

 

4. VISIT THE ROYAL PALACE DURING HARI RAYA AIDILFITRI

On the 2nd, 3rd and 4th day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri, the Istana Nurul Iman opens its doors to the public. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei and members of the royal family, who greet every visitor during these three days, and also to take a peek inside the largest residential palace in the world.

 

 

5. VISIT THE EMPIRE HOTEL & COUNTRY CLUB

No visit to Brunei is complete without a visit to the palatial Empire Hotel & Country Club, one of Brunei's finest treasures. Have a meal at one of the restaurants, visit the private beach, play a round of golf, catch a movie, lounge by one of the swimming pools or indulge the senses at the hotel spa.

 

 

6. TAKE A MANGROVE TOUR

Hire a water taxi at the jetty in the city center and take a cruise down the mangrove-lined waterways. Watch the many birds and animals that live in the mangrove trees, including the elusive proboscis monkey – a true Bornean native!

 

 

7. GO TO TEMBURONG

Tour the pristine rainforest at the Ulu Temburong National Park – the conservation ground of our rainforests. Here you can take jungle treks, longboat rides down the river lined by mangrove swamps, or climb up 800 steps to the top of the canopy walk and enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the rainforest.

 

 

8. TAKE A DAY TRIP TO SERIA

Drive to Seria town - about an hour and a half drive from Bandar Seri Begawan. This is the economic heartland of Brunei, home of the nation's oil industry. To see where it all began, visit the town of Seria and watch the rows of "nodding donkeys", go to the Oil & Gas Discovery Centre, an interactive science centre showcasing exhibitions on the petroleum industry, see 'nodding donkeys' that are scattered around town and take photo at the Billionth Barrel Monument. Then drive a little further to the nearby Kuala Belait town for a meal.