Sightseeing and Attractions in Brunei
Although perhaps not so well known, Brunei Darussalam offers a wealth of attractions, from wildlife and nature, cultural attractions and festivities, and sports, to beaches, sun shine, and sea. Brunei's key sights include the beautiful mosques in Bandar Seri Begawan, Kampong Ayer - the water village, wildlife along the Brunei river, and the Batu Apol Forest Reserve in Ulu Temburong National Park
Wildlife and Nature
Brunei's wild life and nature is unique. Brunei is home to Ulu Temburong National Park, with its canopy walkway. Proboscis monkeys can be observed on Brunei river, which is only a short boat trip from Bandar Seri Begawan.
Religion and Culture
Brunei is home to many different ethnic groups. The impressive Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque is located in the heart of Bandar Seri Begawan. The Islamic Gallery of the Brunei Museum displays an impressive collection of artwork and artefacts. The Royal Regalia Museum is the most impressive museum.
Hotels and Accommodation
There is plenty of accommodation in Bandar Seri Begawan and the main oil towns. Hotels cater for business travellers, expatriates, and tourists.
Restaurants and Food
People is Brunei enjoy food and there is a good selection of restaurants serving local food or international cuisine. It is not permitted to sell alcohol in Brunei.
There is virtually no nightlife in Brunei. It is a very peaceful environment and evenings in the capital are very quiet.
Brunei offers several sports facilities, including diving, jungle trekking, golf, as well as polo.
Flights and Getting there
Brunei's international airport is outside Bandar Seri Begawan. Several direct flights arrive from all around the world, including Europe, the Middle East, and nearby Asian countries. Taxis can be hired from the airport and hotels may also offer airport pickup service. Some tour operators may include airport pickup.
Getting around is mainly by taxi. Some attractions can easily be reached on foot. A water taxi may be an adventurous means of transport to visit some of the river attractions.
Best time to travel
Best time to travel to Brunei is during the dry season, which is around April to October. However rain may be expected during the entire year.
Visa and Tourist Information
Most visitors from European countries, Asia, Australia, and the USA will probably be entitled to a visa on arrival. Visitors may however be asked to provide evidence of sufficient funds and a valid return airline ticket. Work visa will only be issued prior to departure. Best is to check with the Embassy or High Commission of Brunei Darussalam before travelling. Tourist and travel information may also be obtained from the cultural section of the embassy or by contacting Tourism Brunei directly.