Boasting one of the wealthiest oil-based economies in the world with an impressive Sultanate rule, this wonderful country is a gem for its amazing Islamic heritage, beautiful beaches and gorgeous natural sights. A must go for nature lovers and history buffs!
Best of Brunei
1. Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque
Standing majestically in the country’s capital as witness for Brunei’s wealth, this Islamic mosque boasts a replica of a 16th century royal barge inside a surrounding moat. Embellished with golden domes and surrounded by lush floral gardens, this stunning architecture was constructed in an artificial lagoon along the banks of Brunei River.
2. Diving in Brunei
Brunei has various diving sites which can cater to different crowds. Not so far from the coast are vast coral reefs swarming with spectacular marine life like Brunei Patch, Princess Avenue, Clownfish Avenue and Burn’s Patch. More experienced divers will be delighted with the selection of more challenging reefs and the star of diving in Brunei – shipwreck diving!
3. Kompleks Bangunan Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah
One of the most popular shopping places in Bandar Seri Begawan, this four-hectare complex holds a concoction of modern and traditional architecture. Bruneian handicrafts, especially the exquisite gold and silver threaded brocade cloths known as Kain Tenunan and Jong Sarat, are the most sought-after items when shopping in this royal country.
4. Ulu Temburong National Park
This 50,000 hectare park is only two hours away from the capital, offering a pristine tropical rainforest environment with amazing ecological diversity. You must try the thrilling canopy walk above treetops!
5. Kampong Ayer
Made entirely out of stilts above the Brunei River, this is the largest water village in the world! Water taxis allow visitors to witness the traditional ways of life that stood still in time. This quaint village was dubbed ‘Venice of the East‘ by Italian scholar, Antonio Pigafetta.
6. Brunei food
One must not leave this country without trying its delicious local cuisines! Among the must-eats is Nasi Katok, a simple combination of rice and curry chicken that is a scrumptious yet inexpensive local meal. Another Bruneian favourite is Ambuyat – a starchy dish made from sago, normally eaten with an array of savoury sauces.