|Bandar Seri Begawan
Brunei’s capital and largest city is Bandar Seri Begawan. Situated in the west of the country the city has a number of attractions which will appeal to visitors, though compared to some cities in this part of Asia, impressive architecture is a little thin on the ground.
The Sultan Ali Saifuddien Mosque is one of the most impressive buildings in Brunei, whilst the Brunei Museum and Royal Regalia Museum make an interesting visit. Nearby to the Brunei Museum are the tombs of the third and fifth Sultan’s of Brunei.
One of Bandar’s, and Brunei’s, most popular attractions is the water village, called Kampong Ayer. This is a short distance from the city centre and can be reached by foot, but it’s more exciting to take a water taxi and tour around the village by boat. The houses and walkways are all built on stilts above the water and are all very attractive. Look out for the huge palace which stands on the hill overlooking the water village. This is the Sultan’s palace and the building covers an area of 300 acres, making it the largest residential palace in the world.
If you enjoyed the water taxi ride around Kampong Ayer, try a much longer ride to the Temburong District and the main town in the area, Bangar. This district is completely separated from the rest of Brunei by Malaysia, and so the easiest, and most fun, way to get here is by speed boat! The journey takes about 45 minutes and is far cheaper than you might expect.
Bangar is a smaller town than Bandar, and the whole district has fewer people living here. This gives visitors a better chance to experience some more of Brunei’s culture and natural scenery too.
The Ulu Temburong National Park is a good destination to head for. Located within the Betu Apoi Forest Reserve this is a remote part of the country and it too can only be reached by boat. Longboats take you in and out, all making an unforgettable experience!