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Brunei has got a wonderful mix of nature, culture and history. With it being such a small country everything is compacted into a small area making it ideal for sightseeing. All of the sites listed below can been seen as day trips although this would do a disservice to Temburong National Park where a minimum of 2 nights is recommended.

The capital Bandar Seri Begawan although not immediately appealing has, once you scratch the surface, some real gems. Numerous lavishly decorated mosques, a buzzing river running through its heart and a relaxed atmosphere serve up a city break very different from the European norm'.

An ideal stopover for trips to the Philippines, nearby Sipadan or Layang Layang in the Sabah region of Borneo.

Areas of particular interest

Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

This magnificent mosque sits at the very heart of the city. Bulit in 1958 and named after the 28th Sultan it is one the most impressive mosques in South east Asia. Set amid its own lagoon a marble bridge brings you to a replica of a 16th century Royal Barge.

Kampong Ayer Water Village

Generally recognized as the world’s largest water village, Kampong Ayer extends out over the Brunei River from both banks, and is home to around 30,000 people. Even four centuries ago, the size and complexity of Kampong Ayer greatly impressed the Magellan expedition, which received a stately welcome upon entering Brunei Bay in 1521. It is know to early European as the “Venice of the East”. It is claim to be the largest water village in the world and home to 30,000 peoples complete with schools, clinics, police station, shop and mosques.

Proboscis Monkeys - Pulau Ranggu

 

This popular tour consists of a leisurely boatride through the mangroves in search of the wild Proboscis Monkey which are found only in Borneo. The pendulous pink noses and potbellies of the adult males reminded locals of Europeans, and this gave them their local name of Orang Belanda, or “Dutchman”. Explanations on Nipah palm and Mangrove forest will be given and an opportunity to witness other wildlife in the area. White-bellied Sea Eagles, Great White Egrets and King Fishers are commonly seen. We may be lucky enough to encounter a Salt-water Crocodile or Monitor lizard. Other mammals include otters, flying foxes and long tail macaques. Mangrove snakes and pythons may be observed on overhanging branches.

 

 

 

Royal Palace (Istana)

 

Home of the Sultan and seat of the Government, it is the largest residential palace in the world. The roofs and domes are tiled with 22 carat gold leaf. The Istana has 1,788 rooms and a banquet hall that can seat 4,000 people. Pity the person who does the cleaning and washing up!

 

 

 

 

Temburong River White Water Rafting &National Park

 

 

The national park is situated within the Batu Apoi Forest reserves and lies at the confluence of the Temburong and Belalong Rivers. Covering an area of 50,000 hectares, only 100 hectares is designated as park visitation area, thus the park is a safe haven for flora and fauna. The biodiversity of this area is one of the best in the world. You will experience up close the wonders of the rainforest; listen to the orchestra of nature’s music by the insects, birds and animals.

This is also the realm of Borneo's longhouse communities and their ancient culture. There are many experiences to savour from the river from watching gibbons foraging in the trees to kayaking along Grade 1 & 2 rapids. The rainforest can be viewed from a treetop canopy walk and then it's time to cool off in a refreshingly cool waterfall.

 

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