Suggested Itinerary & Top Things to do in Brunei
Planning to visit Brunei soon? This smallest, yet the second richest country ( after Singapore) in Southeast Asia has its own magical places that will surely amaze its visitors from its majestic palaces, distinct markets, and recreational parks. Curious what to do when you visit the country? Here is the list:
Have a water taxi at the jetty in the city center or cruise in style aboard the MV Sentosa with two decks and air-conditioned cabins to experience the famous Water Village of Kampung Ayer. Tthen, move to the upstream mangroves, adjacent to the Sultan’s Place to watch birds and see the unique proboscis monkey living in its mangrove habitat. Ride along the Brunei River, a key element in Brunei’s history.
Kampong Ayer Cultural
Masjid Omar Ali Saifuddien, Jalan McArthur BSB
It is one of the national monuments and is considered as one of the most breathtakingly beautiful mosques in Asia Pacific. This reminds me of Prince Aladdin’s mosque.Visit Royal palace during Hari Ryaa Aidilfitri on the 2nd. 3rd and 4th of Haru Raya,Istana Nurul Iman.
Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque- Jalan Tutong Kg Kiarong
Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah is a waqf of the 29th and current sultan of Brunei, Hassanil Bolkiah and is one of the two national mosques.
Legislative Council building
In Brunei, you can always find a good-looking everywhere.
Prime Minister’s Office
Doing city tour on your own is a walk in the park. Coming from the airport by bus, you will be dropped off inside this government building where the bus terminal is. Here you can find several other buses going to a specific place around BSB.They are classified by numbers.
Just few steps further across this terminal, near Brunei Hotel is the Kianggeh bridge that will lead you to the Kianggeh Market. If you also want to take the Mangrove tour to chance upon the proboscis monkey, here you can find boatmen offering this type of tours, of course at a much cheaper price than the formal travel agencies.
Kianggeh sounds like “tiangge” for me which in Filipino means market. Now, this open-air market opens daily from 7am-5pm (closed on every Friday from 12noon-2pm). CLose nearby is the Kianggeh open food court if you want to try local dishes.
Going back to the bus terminal, to its right side in the far end is the Kampong Ayer as you walk straight along the Jalan McArthur. Jalan means street. As you stroll around, you can spot the Tourism Office.
Within this area, it’s hard not to note the Dermaga Diraja (Royal Wharf).
You will pass by the Yayasan Complex before seeing the majestic Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque.
As you stroll along the perimeter fence of the mosque, you will catch an impressive sight of a royal boat on water made of stones. How regal can it be?
Past the Omar Saifuddien Mosque along Jalan Elizabeth Dua is the Taman Sir Omar Ali Saifuddien, a historic site downtown where Royal Guard of Honour Ceremony is held.
Stride straight and you will spot a Chinese temple like this.
Reverting to Jalan Sultan, you will notice the Brunei History Centre.
Brunei History Centre
Next to the Brunei History Center is the Royal Regalia Building located in the heart of BSB. It houses the regalia of the Sultan and the royalty officially opened on 1992. You can view some favorite hotels downtown such as Radisson Hotel and Terrace Hotel.
Royal Regalia Musuem, Jalan Sultan BSB
For your final stop, why not eat your heart out at Tamu Selera, hawkers stalls for a satisfying dinner.
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On your second part for City tour, try to go to Istana Nurul Iman (by taxi) to get a glimpse of the largest living residence of a statehead in the world according to Guinness Book of Recors. After month of Ramadhan, this royal palace opens its door to the public for a feast of 3 days. Free banquet, the opportunity to see the grand palace inside and meet and shake hands with the Bruneian royals , free gifts are just too good to be true.
However, on a regular day, you may just catch a glimpse of the building form outside, then you can head over to another magnificent mosque, James Asr Mosque or take a break and relax at Tasek Lama Recreational Park.
Tasek Lama Recreational Park
Did you know that 70% of Brunei is covered in tropical rainforest? So, it’s no surprise to see various recreational park in the country such as the Tasek Lama Recreational Park , Persiaran Damuan, Bukit Shahandar Forest, Breakas Forest, Ulu Temburong National Park, among others.
To visit Ulu Temburong National park, it is recommended to do so through an organized tour for eological reason, made from Central Bus Terminal on Jalan Cator central BSB.
It may not be a shopper’s paradise but shopping malls in the country offer such a unique experience. Before you head home, try to check out their malls to find some souvenirs and other precious local items.
The Mall, Gadong
You may shop at Brunei’s premier and is its biggest, grandest shopping mall, The Mall. You can find here Jollibee resturant in case you’re craving for that familiar Filipino food.
Day 1- Mangrove, Water Village, Brunei River Tours
Day 2-3 City Center tour
Day 4- Ulu Temburong Park
Day 5 – Shopping