Brunei Darussalam meaning Brunei “the abode of peace” is a sovereign state located on the north coast of the island OF Borneo, in southeast Asia. it has a coastline with the south China sea and surrounded by the state of Sarawak, Malaysia. Brunei is the only sovereign state on the island of Borneo, rest being part of eastern Malaysia or Indonesia. It is also known as the kingdom of unexpected treasures is a very tranquil place on earth. It is well developed with wide roads, the latest cars and contemporary architecture. Brunei has a coastline of 161 km that is pristine and filled with pal-lined beaches and blue waters. The country is full with excellent parks, museums, resplendent mosques, scenic spots, beaches and many present day entertainment opportunities. Fifty things that you can enjoy along with your family in Brunei are as follows: www.travelrows.com
1. Bander Seri Begawan
Bander Seri Begawan is the capital city of Brunei and has two terrains: the stilted water villages and the drier districts on flatter areas of land. The water villages make up some of the city’s important and scenic aquatic districts which slip into the sea. The city is home to some of great beaches that offer vibrant undersea life, scuba diving and snorkeling. The gold-domed Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque is also situated in Bandar Seri, the mosque dazzles with its intricate marble design and museums provide. Apart from these the city has several historical important places, museums, traditional craft center, water village and also it is center of the tourist activities with a great night life.
2. The Jame’ Asri Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah mosque
Hassanal Bolkiah mosque is the gold-plated Mosque that is situated at the heart of Bandar Seri Begawan city and also known as Kiarong Mosque. It is city’s greatest pride and it is built to commemorate the current Sultan. It is grand and opulent and has shimmering golden domes with intricately ornamental minarets that are carved out of pure gold. This gold-plated mosque symbolises the country’s rich influence of Islam and Muslim architecture. This mosque is unarguably the most magnificent in structures in Brunei today.
3. Kampong Ayer
Kampong Ayer is Brunei’s famous water village that stretches for several miles along the banks of Brunei River the Kampong Ayer. The village is entirely built of stilt houses and wooden walkways. It has a cluster of 42 villages that is home to more than 30,000 inhabitants. It is the world’s largest water village. Kampong Ayer still has much of the 6th century’s historical features. The inhabitants who are also artisans and make and sell traditional handicrafts such as silverware, brassware, wood carves and cloths.
4. Sulatna Omer Saifuddin Mosque
Sulatna Omer Ali Saifuddin Mosque is one of the most wonderful mosques in the entire Southeast Asia. It was built in 1958 the mosque named after the Sultan who built it. The mosque is inlaid with resplendent granite floors, marble, stained glass and decorated with chandeliers from all over the world. The outside lawns of the mosque are surrounded by a serene manmade lagoon that has a 16th century mahligai or royal barge reposes. The view of the mosque is simply captivating during night when the lights are switch on.
5. Taman Tasek
Taman Tasek is a forest reserve and recreational park in the middle Brunei-Muara District. It is just a 15-minute walk from the center of the capital of Brunei. Taman Tasek is home to a splendid natural waterfall in the middle of a lush forest. Climbing could be a fun as there’ an eight-metre high wall for the tourists who are interested in climbing.
6. The house of twelve roofs
It was once the home of the British Resident during the British Residential System in Brunei in1906. It is an example of British Architecture and exhibits the long relationship between Brunei and the United Kingdom right from the 19th century. The building is filled with historical photographs of the lives of individuals and those involved the states Politics, administration and other services .The building is considered as one of the oldest surviving structures in Brunei.
7. Taman Persiaran Damuan
Taman Persiaran Damuan is a leafy, attractive park along the bank of river Jalan Tutong. From here you can enjoy the best view of Istana Nurul Iman. The park has walkways, a well-equipped playground and home to six outdoor sculptures by Asean artists.The theme of the sculptures is Unity in Diversity. Persiaran Damuan is also famous for jogging and it has several food stalls that operate in the evening.
8. Istana Nurul Iman
Istana Nurul Iman is the residence of His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei. It is located three KM west of Bandar Seri Begawan’s city centre. The place is the largest residential palace in the world with golden domes and all-encompassing rooflines that can be viewed from the long road of Jalan Tutong. The palace is open to visitors during Hari Raya, when both locals and tourists get an opportunity to greet the Sultan and other members of the royal family. It is also the official seat of the Sultan.
9. Jerudong Park
Jerudong Park of Brunei is one the popular four-in-one state-of-the art park where one can enjoy entertainment, horse riding, golf, and club. The club specially caters to the big-shots of Brunei Darussalam. The Royal Brunei Golf & Country Club, Trijaya Jerudong Equestrian Park, Jerudong Park Polo Club and Jerudong Park Playground are some of the important places of the pakr. The Sultan of Brunei uses Jerudong Park Polo Club for playing the Polo.
Close to Jerudong Park lies club house that hosts an exclusive clientele to enthrall the guests with luxurious decor, collection of equestrian art, and plenty of special facilities. The European-styled Banquet Hall, restaurant, a private four-lane bowling alley, a covered pool featuring a sunken bar and a superb pavilion that provides shelter from the tropical sun, an advanced gym, two private squash courts, a Riley billiard table set in a parlour, eight-hole golf course and a private beach. These are a few to name there is host of other facilities that are of world class and available in the club house. But all this is personal for the Sultan.
11. Bukit Shahbandar forest recreation park
It is a recreational park which spread over 70-hectare of rolling verdant hills best suited for cycling, hiking, and fishing. This is a hilly region which makes it an ideal getaway to work up for a good sweat; it is usually cramped with fitness lovers in the evenings. Entrance in the park is free. It is good place for time out and to enjoy the hilly region.
12. Lapau And Dewan Majlis
Dewan Majlis or Parliament House is a magnificent building and the Lapau is the Royal Ceremonial Hall where the Sultan was crowned in 1968. The palace is where traditional royal ceremonies are often held here. The Lapau is decorated with the traditional Brunei interiors and the architecture of Dewan is of traditional Brunei style.
13. The Royal Regalia Museum
This museum building is located at Jalan Sultan and was built to commemorate the 1992 Silver Jubilee of the then Sultan of Brunei. This is an ornate building that has a distinctively gilded dome that holds a genuine collection of precious ceremonial regalia. The museum also includes priceless collections such as a royal chariot, jewel-encrusted crowns, gold and silver armoury, a replica throne and gifts that the Sultan of the time has received as well as a full documentation of the history of the Constitution of Brunei Darussalam.
14. Muara Beach & Serasa Beach
Muara and Serasa beaches are situated close to each other in the district of Muara of Brunei. Muara is popular for its pristine coastline while Serasa is for its water sports that include kayaking, jet skiing, and wind surfing. The Serasa Water sports Complex features facilities of international standard where world level competition events such as water-skiing, sailing and others are held. This complex has hosted the water sports events during the 20th SEA Games in Brunei Darussalam.
15. The Brooketon coalmine
The Brooketon is a coalmine in Brunei that can be reached from Bukit Tempayan Pisang. It dates back to 1888 when coal mining was rampant in Brunei. During the peak of mining around 650,000 tones of coal was used to be mined from this coal mine. The coalmine is no more functional and abandoned along with its mineshafts. railway, and tunnels. This place provides tourists an experience of how the coal used to be mined in Brunei and provides an experience of coal mining.
16. Drottninagholm Brune
In this area country’s royal family resides and has palaces dating back to 16the century. The first palace was built in this site in the 16th century but it was destroyed in 1961 and a new palace was built the following year. The area here is quite attractive and charming and reflects Brunei’ glory and wealth. The Brunei Drottninagholm can easily be called as the marvel of architecture and its sheer vastness is testimony to Brunei wealth and past life style of the royal family.
17. Kuala Belalong Forest Reserve
Situated in Tembourang district of Brunei, this forest reserve is home to 2,000 splendid steps that lead to the summit. The Reserve offers you an incredible panoramic view of the majestic mountains, the fast flowing river and the surrounding forestland below. It is reserve that deserves to be visited when you are in Brunei.
18. Batu Apoi Forest Reserve
Situated in the Tambouran district of Brunei, the Batu Apoi Forest Reserve comprise of endless spread of thick virgin jungle. The inside region of it comprises of 50,000 hectares of parkland that has been less affected by the human intervention. The park also has great green vegetation that is unique to Brunei.
19. The Ulu Temburong National Park
Another park in the Tamburong district of Brunei is Ulu Temburong National Park, it has a tract that is steep, has swampy terrain and thick in impenetrable jungle land. There are no roads to reach here and thus boat is the only mean through which one can reach here. One can enjoy enumerable marks of a National Park in this area.
20. The Kuala Belalong mini park
This park is situated at the Temburong Civic Centre Padang, it got opened in 1993. The park has a pond, a waterfall, a landscaped garden and many huts that are similar to those in Kuala Belalong. However, these huts can not be used for residential purpose but only for exhibition. The park also has pictures of the Sultan’s visit to Temburong and findings made there after at the Kuala Belalong Field Studies Centre.
21. Perdayan Forest Recreation Park
The district of Tamburong is home to many parks and one in the list is Perdayan Forest Recreation Park. You can witness here age old caves and strange rock formations that made you think. The Park is spread over 1,070 hectares, the Forestry Department of Brunei has declared it as a conservation forest. The peaks of Bukit Patoi measures 310m and that of Bukit Peradayan measures 410m.
22. Kuala Belalong Field Studies
To study the forest reserves of Brunei you have a study center that is named as Kuala Belalong Field Studies. A track from the forest takes you to the Kuala Belalong Field Studies Centre. It is a research facility that is set up for the study of the abundant ecological treasures found in the parts of Tamburong.
23. Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex
The Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Foundation Complex was opened in July 1996. It is a foundation initiated by His Majesty the Sultan to generate capital for the welfare of people of Bruneian. It is also an up-market shopping centre. The complex has a mixture of traditional Malay and modern architecture. The complex forms a prominent landmark in the heart of the capital city of Brunei. There is a paved open-air foyer that is decked with landscaping and offers a majestic view of the magnificent Kampung Ayer at the one end Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque at the other. Covered by blue skies or the brilliance of the sunset, people flock here to enjoy the view and a breath of fresh air.
24. Brunei history center
The Brunei history center was founded in 1982 and located just beside the Royal Regalia Museum. The center is home to enumerable number of documents of Brunei’s historical events along with the complete genealogy and origins of the Sultans of Brunei and the Royal Family. This center is right place to come close to the history of Brunei. If you are history enthusiast you hit this place.
25. The Sultan Haji hassanal Bolkian silver jubilee park
This park and recreation area is built in the year 2002 as tribute to His Majesty the Sultan’s 56th Birthday. It is a beautiful six-hectare-large Silver Jubilee Park and Recreation Area located in Kampong Pusar Ulak, Mukim Kianggeh, not very far from the heart of town. The park has land marked by lush green landscaping and an imposing structure that has columns and fountains leading out to a tranquil pier.
26. The Brunei museum
The Brunei museum is situated up the hill of Kota Batu that is home to a collection of natural history subjects, archaeological artefacts, Brunei Malay culture exhibits, ceramics and jade (that were unearthed during an offshore pipeline survey), centuries-old Chinese porcelain, Islamic artefacts and some of the exhibits of the development and discovery of oil in Brunei. It was established in 1965 it is about 6.5 km from the capital.
27. Pantai Seri Kenangan
It is located just five minutes from the town centre of Tutong. It is a narrow split of land with the South China Sea on one side and Tutong River on the other. It is also called as the `beach of beautiful memories’ and it is a popular place for weekenders. Shutters called `Pondok’ are constructed along the coastal line for picnickers. There is a playground and a restaurant. You can enjoy the river site along with your food.
28. Sungai Basong recreational park
It is located in the Tutong town and just a five minutes drive from the city centre. This place is one of the most popular places in the district of Tutong for picnickers and joggers. The park is home to cultural village (Rumah Budaya) that exhibits the five ethnic groups in the district – namely the Kedayan, Iban, Tutong, Dusun and the Chinese community. The displays project the rich diverse cultures and the cultural identity of the different ethnic groups that include the Kedayan, Murut and Dusun people found in Tutong. The ‘Rumah Budaya’ was built in 2001and is the only cultural house in Brunei.
29. Tasek Merimbun
It is located around 27 km from Tutong. It is Brunei’s most scenic Lake that is an unusual `S’-shaped and contains black water which has been earmarked as an Asean National Heritage Site. A flooded part of a branch of the Tutong River, this 120-hectare site is surrounded by swamps and sedges and has gravestones that date back to the 15th century. Once it was the burial ground of early Borneo tribes such as Dusun people. Tasek Merimbun offer splendid views of bird, plant and insect life. In total, the lake covers nearly 7,800 hectares of peat swamp forest, wetland, fresh water forest and a low land mixed with Dipterocarp forest.
30. The silver jubilee park
This park is built to commemorate the Silver Jubilee the present Sultan’s accession to the throne. It is a wonderful park along Jalan Maulana, only1 km from KB town. It is spread over 2,679-hectare and faces the beach. It also has exhibition huts and a ‘Pintu Gerbang’ (official decorative entrance) that symbolises the Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) concept of Brunei. There is children playground as well in the park.
31. The Wasai Kendal waterfalls
The Wasai Kendal is located in Mukim Kilanas near Jalan Tutong. It is about 1.5km from Jalam Tutong. The Wasai Kendal (Kendal Waterfall) is a retreat popular for its cool crystal waters, wide trails, picturesque pools and beautiful blooms. One of the best water falls in Brunei it is must see tourist spot for the visitors.
32. Bukit Teraja Bukit hill
Teraja is located in the Labi area and it is one of the highest hills. From here one can get a fine view of the Gunung Mulu to the south and Baram valley to the north. The path to the peak requires less than two hours at brisk pace. The top end of the open clearing – (known as clear of the wind) – houses a picnic spot with benches for sitting and a small brook. There are plenty of species of pitcher plants that is a characteristic of higher forest zones. There animals as well in this area that include bearded pigs, barking deer, squirrels, macaques, and tree shrews.
Seria is a small town in the Belait district of Brunei. Seria was earlier popular as Padang Berawa because of Wild Pigeon’s Field in Malay. Seria also known as the oil town of Brunei as the first discovery of oil happened in this area. It is a good place to experience the oil production centers and the first oil place discovered in Brunei.
34. The Billionth Barrel Monument
The Billionth Barrel Monument was built to commemorate the billionth barrel of oil produced by the Seria Oil Field. It is located near the sea well at the S1 site which also happened to be the first well that was dug about 70 years ago. It is designed by the local architect for Brunei Shell Petroleum. The monument has a tall arched entrance between two rows of trees and a tiled floor that symbolises Brunei’s strong Islamic faith.
35. The Anduki recreational park
This park was built in 1992 to commemorate the Sultan’s Silver Jubilee year. It is developed out of an abandoned sandpit into a marvelous park and located in the district of Tutong. The park has blue lagoon and landscaped flowers. The park is an ideal place to go for a family outings or picnics.
36. Sungai Liang forest recreational park
It is situated in the district of Tutong and it is one of the very few lowland forests in the entire Southeast Asia where some parts of the virgin jungle have been turned into a park with gently marked nature trails. The park has sheltered platforms to glimpse the surrounding view. It is a good place for jogging and picnic and family outings.
37. Jerudong theme park
Jerudong is one of the most famous tourist attractions of Brunei. It is very often visited by a lot of tourists all year round. It is a great spot to go for a picnic or just spend a relaxing time. There is variety of rides for visitors including children. You can also enjoy Brunei food here available in the food kiosks.
38. Batang Duri District (famous for Iban culture and lifestyle)
Batang Duri is located around 17 km from Bangar, the main town of Temburong – the most forested district. It has an Iban settlement cum park with a longhouse, which is a traditional extended family house, where cultivation is still practiced. The Batang Duri district is en excellent place to get a rare insight into Iban culture and lifestyle.
39. Taman Batan Duri park
One of the lush vegetative landscapes of Brunei that houses a Zoo is home to a good number of animals. It is located in the district of Batan Duri. It is a landscaped park with a mini zoo that is home to monkeys, otters, civets, birds, honey bears, mongoose and crocodiles. It is a good place to witness animal life in Brunei.
40. Kampung Ayer via taxi boat
Kampung Ayer is Brunei’s stilt village that has the floating houses on the water. This stilt village is one of the major tourist attractions of Brunei. You can go for a ride on a speedboat. The boat operators take you around the water village and the residents allow visitors to enter and visit their houses and to mingle with them to experience their life style and talk to you.
41. The Malay Technology Museum
The Malay Technology Park is located at Jalan Kota Batu and displays variety of technologies. The museum is home to traditional technologies of the Water Village, its people. It also houses the traditional technologies of the people from the late 19th to mid 20th century. It also exhibits three dimensional boat making mock-ups, house-building, gold smiting, metalworking etc. This an excellent place to get an insight into the past lifestyle of the Brunei Malays.
42. Luagan Lalak recreational park
It is located around 25 km from the district if Belait in Brunei. It is a famous Recreational Park spread over an area of 270-hectare. It has lush green hills; an alluvial freshwater swamp fills up during the rainy season that dries up in winter to become a valley of swishing sedges. This effect is unique and most people admire the scene by walking around the long the 200m walkway that passes along the lake.
43. Tamu Kianggeh
The Kianggeh Tamu is also famous among the locals as the Amah’s Market. It is a community market that is situated on the banks of the Kianggeh River opposite the Chinese Temple. Everyday, before the dawn the market will be filled with all sorts of local fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers and handicraft. This market is mostly visited in the morning by the visitors as everything gets over by evening.
44. The mauseleum of Sultan Bolkiah
This is a tomb of Sultan Bolkiah or Nakhoda Ragam that is situated within a mausoleum at a quiet bay of greenery off Jalan Kota Batu. It commemorates that golden age of Brunei. Sultan Bolkiah was one of Brunei’s strongest Sultans; he was the fifth Sultan of Brunei Bolkiah means ‘captain of great manner and activity’. Under his rule Brunei’s sovereignty extended to the whole of the coastal kingdom of Borneo and the islands of the Philippines.
45. Pulau Selirong
Pulau Selirong is located near Muara, it is a 45 minutes drive from Muara. Pulau Selirong which means Mosquito Island is spread over 2,566-hectare Island filled with mangrove swamps and wildlife. There is also a 2km of wooden walkway built to provide a close-up view of the varied life forms that live in this unique ecosystem. You can also view from an observation tower built for watching the ecosystem.
46. Istana Mengalela
Another of the Sultan’s palaces is Istana Mengalela that is located along Jalan Maulana in Belait district. It is meant for the residence of the Sultan whenever he pays a visit to the Belait district. It has all the attractions of palace and covered in all white, the palace has tremendous attraction in white looks immaculate.
47. The oil and gas discovery centre ( OGDC )
This is a study and research center located in Seria. This is new landmark in Seria aimed at imparting education to the public about science, technology and the environment. It was set up in September 2002. There are seven galleries that display 150 exhibits that cover the multi-facets of science. The OGDC also has a fantastic outdoor setting that includes a giant chessboard, a jogging track, a skateboarding ring.
48. Royal Regalia Museum
The Royal Regalia Museum is one of the most popular and culturally significant places in Brunei to understand the culture and history of people of Brunei. The exhibits here portray the regal life of the royal dynasties that ruled the land. The other displays exhibit the political aspects of the nation. Here you can also come close to the Brunei’s architecture and history.
49. The Art Gallery
The Art Gallery is located at Jalan Residency in the Capital of Brunei Bandar Seri Begawan. It provides you an excellent opportunity to learn about the art of Brunei. Here you can also buy Brunei’s best artists creations and see their exhibits. Near the Art Gallery there is The Brunei Arts and Handicraft Training Centre where training is provided on art and handicrafts of Brunei.
50. The camels of hussym rahman
The Hussyn Rehman Enterprise brought in some camels in 2003 for the purpose of providing fun rides for the public of Brunei for enjoyment. Later on they also brought Silver and Blossom -the two trained riding camels – who become the stars of numerous funfairs, Radio Televisyen Brunei and also the Agricultural Expo. These start camels are also available for general public in their farm house. The farm is situated at Kampung Betumpu Tapak, Jalan Bengkurong Masin.