Brunei, a small country located in Borneo, is surrounded by the state of Sarawak and separated into two parts by Limbang, a district in Sarawak. These are the places of interests that you can visit while in Brunei.
Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque
This mosque is one of the most spectacular mosques in Asia Pacific and the view it is absolutely amazing. It was named after the 28th Sultan, and mosque in general is a symbol of Islam in Brunei. This magnificent mosque dominates the view of the city. The initial plan was to build it in Padang Pekan Brunei, however, the current Sultan at the time, Sultan Umar Ali Saifuddin, commanded the mosque to be built near to Brunei River because it facilitate the Muslims in Kampung Ayer. The Bahtera or the ark in the middle of the lagoon was built to commemorate the ark used by the royals in the past.
Istana Nurul Iman
Situated a few kilometres south of Bandar Seri Begawan, is the official residence of Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, the 29th and the current Sultan of Brunei. Istana Nurul Iman, which means Palace of the Light of Faith, was designed by a Filipino architect. The palace is the largest residential palace in the world and the largest single family residence ever built. However, the palace is not open to the public except on Eid al-Fitr, the annual Islamic celebration.
The village is situated in Bandar Seri Begawan. It is the largest water village in Southeast Asia. The water village is made up of small villages linked together by more than 29,140 m of foot-bridges. The main transportation of this village are boats, usually equipped with engines, and private water taxis which looked similar to long speed boats. Even though they live on water, the villagers can rear livestock like chickens, and do simple farming using vases.
Royal Regalia Museum
This museum displays most of the relics and regalia owned by the royal family. It was established to commemorate the 1992 Silver Jubilee of His Majesty’s accession to the throne. However, to enter the museum, all belongings including cameras must be left at the counter. There are replicas of the throne, crowns, gowns and weapons. The most fascinating section is the parade float with scores of uniformed mannequins encompassing it to represent his honour guard.
Serasa Beach is a haven for water sport lovers. Serasa Watersports Complex provides facilities for sporting and recreational activities including jet skiing, kayaking, windsurfing, regatta sailing, power boat racing, aqua sports training and water skiing. Another facility here is Royal Brunei Yacht Club, where families can enjoy the open air restaurant, serving a variety of seafood menu.
Located in Kota Batu, four kilometres from Bandar Seri Begawan is another Islamic architecture that can be seen in Brunei. It exhibit centuries of glassware, ceramic, jewellery, tapestries and military artefacts.
Ulu Temburong National Park
This park is a natural heritage, where visitors can experience the magnificence of the rainforest. The only transportation to get there is by boat. Visitors can see the mangrove forests along Limbang River flowing out of Sarawak into Brunei Bay. There are proboscis monkeys in the forest, so visitors can catch a glimpse of the monkey which can be found only in Borneo along this route.
Brunei is a small yet rich country not only in their economy, but also in their culture. The culture of the country can be seen in their architecture and even though the country is still developing rapidly, they still maintain their nature reserve. That is what makes Brunei special in the eyes of the visitors.