Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

It was built in 1958 and named after the 28th Sultan, Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien. This mosque dominates the city centre of Bandar Seri Begawan. It is one of the most magnificent mosques in the whole of SouthEast Asia, and a symbol of a Islamic faith of the people of Brunei. Located in the lagoon beside the mosque is a replica of a 16th Century Mahligai barge, which was used to stage colourful religious ceremonies, such as Koran reading competitions during the 1960’s and early 1970’s. Along the way to the mosque, you will see the Taman Sir Omar Ali Saifuddien and the Yayasan Shopping Mall.

The Royal Regalia

The Royal Regalia Museum is home to the Sultanate’s heirlooms and regalia. From golden chariots to olden-day symbolic weapons and shields, exhibits of His Majesty’s Silver and Golden Jubilee celebrations, and ornate mementos from historic Brunei, this museum is embellished with the beauty of Brunei’s past.

Kampong Ayer

Early European visitors to Brunei Darussalam described the Kampong Ayer or Water Village, as the “Venice of the East”. Today, visitors continue to be fascinated by these traditional and historic houses on stilts which span the greater part of the Brunei River. Home for about 30,000 people, the Kampong Ayer is accessible by boat or via wooden bridges.

The houses in Kampong Ayer are joined by a maze of inter-connecting wooden walkways and visitors are free to roam at their leisure. His Majesty’s government has provided every modern facility for the residents, including schools, clinics, police stations and mosques. A visit to Brunei Darussalam would be incomplete without a trip to this unique and intriguing place.

How to get there:
Take water taxi along the canal beside hotel or Jetty of Yayasan shopping mall (along the Brunei River).

Taman Mahkota Jubli Emas

The Taman Mahkota Jubli Emas is a 12-hectare riverfront park situated alongside the grand Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque and the tranquil water village, Kampong Ayer. Enjoy a walk down the promenade, where you can bask in the tranquil gardens full of tulips and baobab trees. Many come here to enjoy a peaceful sunset stroll. You can even rent a 2-seater, 4-seater or 6-seater bicycle for a captivating ride with your family. If you’re strolling after dark, watch the monuments as they light up the park! Don’t forget to stop by The Frame Brunei Darussalam to snap a commemorative photo of your trip to Brunei!

Tamu Kianggeh

Located at the banks of Kianggeh river where the waterways are constantly busy with motorboats zooming by, the market features a variety of local vegetables like edible ferns and medicinal herbs. Also on sale are fishermen’s catch of the day as well as ready-cooked local dishes that’ll whet your appetite for that distinct Bruneian flavour! The market is open daily from 0800 hours to 1730 hours, with Friday morning being their most bustling time! However most stalls would pack up by noon so we suggest you head there in the morning.

Brunei River Mangrove Tour:

Discover Proboscis Monkeys And Crocodiles

As a visitor to Brunei, there’s a good chance you’re drawn to nature.

While Ulu Temburong National Park is the best place in Brunei to observe undisturbed nature, it requires at least a half-day trip from Bandar Seri Begawan. Luckily, you can still experience a natural escape without straying far from Brunei’s capital city.

By taking a tour of the Brunei River, you’ll see a mangrove forest, proboscis monkeys, crocodiles and monitor lizards, unique bird species, and a breath-taking view of the world’s largest residential palace, Istana Nurul Iman.

Kunyit 7 Lodge

There’s no better way to experience the local ways than actually living with a local and Kunyit 7 Lodge in Kampong Ayer has welcomed visitors from over 40 countries since it was first opened in 2015. The homestay is registered with Airbnb, and the host, Kem, has converted it into a charmingly cosy home, offering Bruneian hospitality at its finest.

Kampong Ayer Cultural & Tourism Gallery

Kampong Ayer is one of the largest water settlements in Southeast Asia, this expanse of settlements on stilts is a must-visit for any traveler wishing to complete their tour of Brunei. The Brunei River is home to a lively community. Start off with a scenic boat ride of the Brunei River before taking a walk along wooden paths and bridges rich with culture and history. Complete your experience by paying a visit to the Cultural and Tourism Gallery and learn why Kampong Ayer is known as the “Venice of The East”.

Eco Ponies Garden

Feast on mouth-watering ethnic delicacies such as Ayam Pansoh and Umbut while you bask in the tranquility of nature in this unique farm-stay, or take it further and spend a night or two in this garden home to experience hospitality unlike any other. Revitalise yourself with ethnic music and art, and get your boots out for jungle trekking and outdoor camping.

So if you are looking for the perfect place to spend time away from the hustle of the city, give em a try!

Brunei River Cruise

For those who prefer to lounge and relax while sightseeing, a cruise on the Brunei river is just the thing for you. Spend an evening touring historical and cultural sites on the banks of the river and soak in breath-taking river scenes. Some river cruises provide the option of dining on board. Private charters are also available.