Although this is a small sultanate, Brunei has become known for the gas and oil deposits that it has and in the same time people know it because of the high living standards that it has. Also the region is home to pristine rainforests.
1. Bandar Seri Begawan Waterfront
The waterfront of the country capital was turned into a promenade that is open only for pedestrians. This is the perfect place for a watery stroll, especially if you are planning an outing in the evening. The biggest advantage is that you can see several historical sites and there are a lot of restaurants that offer exotic food and drink.
2. Billionth Barrel Monument
As it has been mentioned, the country has numerous oil deposits and a major part of the country’s income comes from the export of oil. As a testament of this important part of the economy, you will see a monument to it near Kuala Belait.
3. Brunei Museum
The national historic museum comes with different sections, including traditional culture, Islamic art and also natural history. The most important items of the museum include ceramics from the 9th and 10th century. There is also special blown glass, not to mention the life size diorama made after a Malay wedding.
4. Empire Hotel and Country Club
This hotel is a masterpiece when it comes to architecture. It comes with acres of tropical gardens and it is located near the oldest rainforests of the continent. The golf course of the hotel offers views towards the South China Sea and it is the only beach resort of the country.
5. Istana NurulIman
It is said to be the largest residence of the world. The palace comes with 1788 rooms and it is home to the sultan and to his family. The interior can be seen for three days per year, at the end of Ramadan, but the outside can be seen anytime from Brunei River.
6. Jame’AsrHassanilBolkiah Mosque
The mosque is the largest of the country and it was in 1992 as a kind of celebration of the current sultan’s silver jubilee. On it you can see terrazzo tilework on the outside and the inside is simply mesmerizing. If you ever get here, you should make sure to visit it around sunset.
7. Kampong Ayer
The village was built on the banks of the river and it is the largest water village of the country. This is the place to visit in case you would like to see the traditional life of the locals. It would be interesting to see the colorful houses of the locals not to mention the wooden boardwalks.
8. Malay Technology Museum
The main point of the institution is to present the life of the Malay water village and also the life of a Dayak longhouse. Although the items aren’t exactly new, they could teach you a lot about the culture of the people living in the sultanate and the region.