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Bandar Seri Begawan Travel Guide: 324 reviews and 1,122 photos

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN & SURROUND
is located 443kms north of the Equator.

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN...THE CAPITAL OF BRUNEI

This is not a cheap place to visit, and probably one full day here is enough to see the main sights. We hired a car and found by doing this we saw heaps in one day. Driving around here was very easy.

Being a rich country, there are lots of impresssive buildings and large
homes to see, as well as the Kamong Ayer water village, it seems to go from one extreme to the other!

The Mosques are beautiful, museums were good, and the shopping area was small enough to walk around.

We found the Brunei people to be one of the friendliest that we had met

Half of Brunei is rainforest, and it has a high rainfall and high humidity.

Flora and fauna flourish in the conditions, from the parasitic pitcher plant to the Hornbill and the Proboscis Monkeys, new species are still being discovered here!

Roughly two-thirds of the population is Malay, the rest are Chinese or members of indigenous tribe, with Malay being mainly spoken, and English is widely spoken and understood also.

Brunei is a Malay Muslim Monarchy which is ruled by His Majesty the Sultan, the 29th ascendant of the world's oldest continuously reigning royal line - (600years)

Brunei is accessible by Air and road, with a drive from Kuching, the capital city of Sarawak, taking approximately 13 hours, while a drive from Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah, takes approximately 6 hours.

We enjoyed our stay here, and have great memories of Bandar Seri Begawan.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Easy to get around
  • Cons:Bit expensive!
  • In a nutshell:Friendly people, excellent museums, beautiful Mosques!
  • Last visit to Bandar Seri Begawan: Jun 2007
  • Intro Updated Jan 16, 2014
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  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2014 at 4:28 AM

    Looks like such a lovely place to visit, the mosque is so beautiful and I would love to visit the shops :)

    • balhannah's Profile Photo
      Jan 17, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      It is lovely! Really only need a couple of days. Thanks for visiting.

  • easterntrekker's Profile Photo
    Feb 4, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    I enjoyed your pages. We visited Brunei last year. Great picture of the Mosque!

  • triram's Profile Photo
    Jun 23, 2011 at 6:53 AM

    thanks great tip we are heading there in august terry and karen

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Feb 28, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Good page! All tips were very helpful and photos were terrific! The water village was interesting and the markets would have been fun I'm sure!

  • aussirose's Profile Photo
    Sep 21, 2010 at 4:48 PM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time Dee! Enjoyed the read...and the photos are gorgeous!! It's on my 'must see' list :o) xx

  • ValbyDK's Profile Photo
    Sep 17, 2010 at 7:07 AM

    What a great page. Good tips and beautiful photos, especially the one of the mosque at night.

  • Maryimelda's Profile Photo
    May 20, 2010 at 8:17 PM

    Love your photo of the Mosque at night. Brunei is a place I've never even considered visiting, but you make it sound great, as usual, Dee. Good page!

  • johnmajor's Profile Photo
    May 15, 2010 at 11:09 PM

    I like your "no Photo's, damn!!" comment. Is funny.

  • Lunaina's Profile Photo
    Apr 21, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    Wow! Some excellent pictures. This Brunei is on our want to visitlist!! excellent info.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Apr 6, 2010 at 5:50 AM

    Very enjoyable page on Bandar Seri Begawan esp. the beautiful Bolkiah Mosque. Looks like great shopping too in the Tamu Markets. You also found an excellent hotel in a great location.

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