BRUNEI – Bandar Seri Begawan; a tiny wealthy country, oil & rainforest

Brunei - Bandar Seri Begawan
Brunei - Bandar Seri Begawan

Brunei is a tiny country on Borneo in South East Asia. As my goal is to visit every country, capital and main sights this was one on the list. It is not a country which you would visit just from overseas but my business trip in Singapore was a great opportunity to make a small 3 day tour to Brunei. I explored there the Muslim kingdom, oil industry and the rain forest. In this travel blog I share my experience with many photos. Read on.

Arrival in Brunei & Capital

I arrived at the end of the morning on Brunei Royal Airways at the airport of Bandar Seri Begawan. I arranged a guide and driver through  which are great they also arrange the one day tour to the (Ulu Ulu Resort). This made it easy and efficient to see as much as possible in a flexible way. To be honest there is not that much to see and do in Brunei, but did tick off another country at the list of countries!

The driver and guide waited for me at the airport and we went directly to see the Royal Regalia Museum and the Brunei Museum.

After we continued for a cruise along the water village called Kampong Ayer. We continued to the mosque dedicated to the current Sultan: Jame’ Asr Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. Opened in 1992 to celebrate the Sultan’s 25th year of ruling. It’s huge and has a total of 29 golden domes. Everything is over the top! See the pictures. On the way back we stopped quickly at the Sultan’s palace, only visible from the entrance, outside.

For dinner in the evening…… I just eat at the hotel because: there is NOTHING and NOTHING to do in Brunei in the evening. I was in bed at like 9-10PM 🙂

Rainforest Ulu Temburung in Brunei

On the agenda today was a day trip to the Ulu Temburung rainforest in Borneo. Ulu Temburong National Park is a match for any of Malaysia’s national parks. The Ulu Temburong National Park is located in the remote part of the Batu Apoi Forest Reserve. Access is possible only by long boat. Highlight of the Ulu Temburong National Park is the Canopy Walkway, which stands 50m tall while set on a treetop. The canopy walkway allows for serene views of the virgin forest.

In the afternoon I checked out the center of Bandar Seri Begawan on my own; this is an easy walk. With the most important sight the Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque. Further I wandered around town a bit to see the local life.

Oil History of Brunei & Departure

Today it’s time to explore the Oil fields of Brunei. It’s what the country made rich. I saw the oil museum, the billionth barrel monument and other things. At end of the tour I checked out quickly the Chinese temple in the center. It has a great story that the sultan fled there during the war and that’s why this non Muslim temple is still allowed in this Muslim country. In the evening I had my flight back to Singapore which ended this small leisure trip away from my business trip.

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