Bandar Seri Begawan
Vibrant yet peaceful. Both modern and timeless. A fusion of majestic opulence and traditional respect.
Bandar Seri Begawan is the centre of Brunei’s commerce, finance and government. In many ways, it is also the heart of Brunei’s cultural landscape, housing some of the nation’s most revered landmarks. The city’s breathtaking Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque is a stunning tribute to the nation’s deep-rooted faith, while the truly Bruneian Kampong Ayer water village offers a glimpse of the nation’s quaint Asian charm.
Beneath Bandar Seri Begawan’s lavish adornments, gold towers, sparkling fountains and colorful mosaic tiles, lies a city steeped in a quiet respect, grounded in Islamic tradition, and excluding a sense of peace that makes it one of Asia’s most distinctive capital cities.
Contemporary luxuries abound. Rustic surprise await.
Though small in size, Brunei-Muara is the great importance to the nation as the district housing Brunei’s capital, Bandar Seri Begawan. As such, it is usually the first stop of any visitor to Brunei and one of the most memorable. Outside the capital lie some of the nation’s most world – renowned attractions.
The golden spires adorning Istana Nurul Iman, hone the nation’s revered monarch, His Majesty The Sultan, form a striking backdrop for a spectacular Bruneian sunset. The lavish residence has achieved legendary status as the largest palace in the world and features a unique blend of contemporary and traditional Islamic architecture. But there is nothing traditional – or expected – about Brunei Muara’s other famous attraction, Jerudong Park Playground, the state-of-the-art amusement park that was once the playground of royalty.
Sparsely populated. Ethnically diverse. A different side of Brunei.
While only a half-hour drive from the urban centre of Bandar Seri Begawan, Tutong offers a glimpse of the diverse cultures and unique lifestyles of rural Brunei, making it one of the nation’s most distinctive districts.
Tutong is abundant in natural beauty, from the white sands and rocky outcroppings of Pantai Seri Kenangan beach all the way inland to the scenic and somewhat mysterious feel of Tasek Merinbun a serpentine lake surrounded by swamps and 15th century burial grounds. But the true draw of Tutong is its people. Local color abounds at the Ruma Budaya Cultural Village, showcasing the five ethnic Bornean group that make up the district’s diverse population.
The call of a proboscis monkey. The thrill of a speedboat cutting through jungle waters, Unspoiled, Untamed, Unbelievable. Early European explorers told tales of the exotic wonders found on the island of borneo. Rare orchids with blooms as large as dinner plates. Elusive monkeys with long, curved noses. Rivers that snake through uncharted forests. And green verdant shades never seen before. This is temburong and all it beholds the adventurous traveler today.
Temburong is a living tribute to Brunei’s dedication to preserving one of the world’s most diverse eco-system. The Ulu Temburong National Park offers visitors a peek at a world untouched by man, from above or below the forest canopy. The simple culture of the Bornean long house community can also be seen – a complete and unforgettable borneo experience.
Birthplace of the nation’s wealth, Home of the oil industry. Brunei economic heartland.
Behind the glitter of Brunei’s legendary wealth lies the district of Kuala Belait. Seat of the nation’s oil and gas industry, producing the country’s main export commodity. While the economy today is slowly diversifying to include manufacturing services and tourism, the real “gold “ of Brunei flows deep below the ground in Belait.
To see where it all began, visit the town of Seria to see rows of the affectionately-named “nodding donkeys” which pump the lifeblood of Brunei’s economy from the oil-rich heart of Belait. Seria’s Oil & Gas Discovery Center provides an up close view of the inner workings of the nation’s main industry, and the visually striking billionth Barrel Monument immortalizes the industry’s accomplishments through contemporary architectural forms.