It is a small country that has suddenly been hit by oil wealth. Perhaps it was this that allowed Brunei to preserve its history and increase its beauty. On its small territory there are many amazing structures.
In the capital, the city of Bandar Seri Begawan, grandiose mosques and palaces are located. Millions of dollars were spent on their construction, and now every tourist can see the embodiment of the wealth of Brunei. It is not surprising that the largest palace in the world, which is the residential residence of the ruler of the country, is located in Brunei. You can get around the sights of the main part of Bandar Seri Begawan in one day. After that, it is worth visiting the village of Kaampung Ayer. This is an old, very colorful part of the city, which is built on piles that support buildings above the water.
In Brunei, nature is beautiful and not yet spoiled by man. You can admire it in natural parks and reserves. The country also has many beautiful beaches. If you want to relax by the sea, consider staying at The Empire Hotel
What to see in Brunei?
The most interesting and beautiful places, photos and a brief description.
City of Bandar Seri Begawan
It is the capital and largest city of Brunei. Although it is not large in size, there are a lot of attractions here. Thanks to the sale of oil, Brunei became a very rich country. The capital has many modern buildings, shops, and the streets are neat and well-groomed. The city is surrounded by green wooded hills, which are often shown to tourists.
Sultan's Palace - Istana Nurul Iman
This is the world's largest residential residence of the official ruler. The construction of the palace cost, according to various sources, from $500 million to $1.4 billion. It has only 1,788 rooms, 257 bathrooms, 18 elevators and 5 pools. There are more than 5,000 cars in the Sultan's personal fleet, and the total area of the premises is 200,000 m². You can visit the palace only three days a year.
James Asr Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque
This is an amazing monument of Islam, which was built in 1992. It is located in the center of Brunei. The mosque rises above the city with 29 domes, because the sultan, in whose honor it was built, is the 29th ruler. The building is richly and luxuriously decorated, which testifies to the wealth of the state and its ruler. Entrance to it is free every day.
Mosque of Omar Ali Saifuddin
The mosque is called the main decoration of Brunei. It is named after the 28th ruler of the country and is a symbol of Islam in the country. It was built in 1958. It is a prime example of modern Islamic architecture. The gilded dome of the mosque, 52 meters high, is visible from anywhere in the city. The shrine stands on the shore of an artificial lagoon surrounded by gardens. With the onset of darkness around the mosque turn on the night illumination.
The museum is located in the center of the state capital. It has permanent exhibitions that tell the story of the country's enrichment thanks to oil, Muslim art, the culture of Brunei, and its ancient history. Also, visitors can see ancient weapons, daggers and cannons found after shipwrecks.
This is a sports and entertainment venue in Bandar Seri Begawan, which was created in the middle of a green area. She is under the care of the Sultan himself. On the territory of the complex with an area of several hectares there are the best stadiums for playing polo, golf courses, croquet, a go-kart track, a shooting club, as well as an amazing Luna Park.
Village on the water Kampung Ayer
This is the second part of Brunei, in which all the buildings are on the water. Kampung Ayer consists of 28 small villages with houses, schools, shops and mosques, police stations and fire stations built on stilts. Tourists like to get to them by boat. Such a walk perfectly introduces the life of the inhabitants of the city. The first houses in the area were built 1000 years ago.
Ulu Temburong National Park
The "Green Pearl of Brunei" was created in 1991 near the country's capital. The national park covers an area of 50 thousand hectares. There is a difficult terrain here, which, thanks to the efforts of the authorities, has been preserved almost in its original form. One part of it is covered with high hills, the height of the largest mountain reaches 1800 m. At the other end of the park is a lowland landscape that has become home to hundreds of species of animals.
Reserve Usai-Kandal (Wasai Kandal)
This is a picturesque jungle reserve, which is not too far from the Brunei cities and allows you to relax safely and comfortably. Usai-Kandal is famous primarily for its waterfalls Air-Terjun-Menyusop and their pools. You can reach the cold refreshing water to swim along the numerous paths of the park.
This is the best hotel in the country, and a place where any tourist can feel like a sultan. It is located in the former guest house of the ruler, so it is richly decorated and has a huge territory. It is worth moving along it on an electric car, otherwise you may not reach the right place. The hotel has luxurious swimming pools, a sports and spa center, as well as a beautiful beach.