This trip provides you with the ideal glimpse to Bandar Seri Begawan’s top sights.
You will be greeted in the morning by our friendly representative for your historically filled tour. Your first pit stop will be the Royal Regalia Building in the bustling capital. Enjoy its grandiose exhibits of Brunei’s royal family and life-sized replicas of the Sultan’s life and success.
No visit to Brunei is complete without a visit to the majestic Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque. Dubbed as one of the best in Islamic architecture, this glitter domed mosque is the country’s icon and its sheer grandness resonates. The tour will then bring you to the picturesque Jame Asr Mosque. Built by the current Sultan, this spectacular mosque can fit up to almost 4,500 worshippers. To wrap up your delightful tour, you will stop by at Istana Nurul Iman – considered the largest residential palace in the world.
Relax and enjoy your lunch break before your Brunei discovery continues.
Continue to the Water Village which is one of Brunei’s heritage jewels, being not only the world’s largest settlement on stilts but also the cultural heartland of the Brunei Malay. The ‘village’ in its name is rather misleading, as it was the capital and centre of the Brunei Empire until the modernization drive during the Resident’s administration (the current city centre only began being developed around that time). Take a wooden water Taxi ride to visit the Water village gallery on stilt, stroll along wooden walkways with your guide and have a close look at a villager’s home.
In the late afternoon, we will bring you into the mangroves. The tropical mangroves are a rich repository of numerous species of trees and other plants but they are perhaps most well-known for harbouring an interesting selection of wildlife, such as mangrove cat snakes, crocodiles, monitor lizards and the most curious of all, the probosci’s monkey. Endemic only to certain parts of Borneo, these monkeys became known for their bright-orange brown coats, long white tails, and the protruding noses on the adult males.
Head into the mangrove wilderness in an open boat for an adventure to spot these, and perhaps even more!
Highlights: Royal Palace / Jame Asr Mosque / Royal Regalia / Water Village / Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque / Mangrove Safari / Channel boat ride.
DepartureBrunei Darussalam, Mukim Amo
This trip Includes:
- Pick-up/Drop-off in BSB & its vicinity
- Land transport in an air-conditioned vehicle
- Water transport in local water taxi boat
- English-speaking tour guide
- Visits/Stops as per itinerary
- Lunch at local restaurant
- Light refreshments at Water Village home
- Pick-up/Drop-off outside BSB & its vicinity
- Visits/Stops outside of the itinerary
- Food and drinks beyond those included
- Food orders beyond buffet allocated
Outdoor ConditionsUrban settings: walking required, some unshaded areas, zebra crossings.
- Light airy clothing suitable for warm, humid weather
- Comfortable footwear with good grip
- Modesty in attire to be observed at all times
You might want to bring along
- Small bag
- Small towel (for sweat)
- Sun lotion
- Raincoat/Compact umbrella
- binoculars (optional)
- Medication (if required)
- Refillable water bottle
Some Things to Note
Entry into museums, mosques and galleries on this tour are free-of-charge. Some air-conditioned venues require removal of footwear, so cotton socks are encouraged for those uncomfortable with cold tiled floors.
Most venues involve steps and do not have elevator facilities for those who have difficulty. However, guests with special needs/conditions requiring assistance may still be accommodated. Kindly state special needs/conditions at the time of enquiry.
The arrangement of visits and photo stops not necessarily in the order given in the itinerary.
Any tours on Thursdays and Fridays have to take into consideration changes to the itinerary, as mosques are closed on Thursdays and until late afternoon on Fridays, and museums and galleries close from 11:30-14:30 hrs on Fridays. Kindly enquire for more information.
Pick-up/Drop-off within BSB & its vicinity include all town centre hotels and locations, as well as hotels and locations at Mile 1, Kiulap, Gadong, Mata-Mata and Berakas, and excludes Jerudong and other areas. Kindly enquire on your location to be sure.
Duration of tour is calculated beginning from pre-arranged pick-up time to the pre-arranged drop-off time unless otherwise stated.
As a guided tour, timing and duration of visits and stops are pre-arranged, and any requests, demands or expectation for longer durations will not be entertained.
Guests requesting pick-up and drop-off from Jerudong and its vicinity (Empire Hotel) will have tour commencement half an hour earlier and end half an hour later.
- Pick-up from the hotel lobby
- Visit the Royal Regalia Museum
- Stop at Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque
- Visit Jame Asr' Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque (Thursday & Friday closed for inside visit)·
- Stop at 'Istana Nurul Iman', the Royal Palace
- Lunch (approx. noon)
- Panoramic boat ride to Water Village
- Visit Water Village Gallery
- Stroll from Village to village on a wooden walkway
- Panoramic boat ride past Water Village and back of Royal Palace
- Wildlife spotting in the mangrove forests
- Return boat ride
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