Who likes the mosque architecture, this place is really good. The great advantage of Brunei is the fact that, compared to neighboring states, it protects its part of nature. If you are tempted by a trip to the rainforest, you can contact one of the many organizations. If you’re particularly interested in marine life, check out the diving tips at the end of the article.

Jame’ Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

The mosque is named after the 29th sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzadin Waddaulah. It was opened on July 14, 1994, the night before Her Majesty’s 48th birthday. It was built in honor of 25 years of the sultan government. The mosque is an architectural masterpiece. It originated from Turkish mosques with 4 high minarets and 29 golden domes. The surrounding area is set in a garden with several fountains, pools and several kinds of plants. At night it shines like a golden flame. On Friday, the mosque is closed for visitors.

Royal Regalia Museum

A great museum where you can see gifts for the present sultan (weapons, clothes, vases, statuettes …). One part deals with the Sultan himself (from childhood to his reign). It originated, we were able to see the coronation throne. At the entrance, you can also see 2 states the sultan.

Brunei History Center

Government institutions that carry out research, documentation, publication, and dissemination of information on the history of Brunei. It was founded in 1982. The museum documents the whole history of Brunei from the settlement, colonialism to contemporary modern history.

Interestingly, the entrance to the museums is FREE and without footwear. Fortunately, there are slippers and the only thing waiting for you is the guestbook, where you have to write the name, surname, date of visit, country and number of people. In the Royal Museum, you can put your bag to the storage box with the lock. I definitely recommend having a sweatshirt or a scarf (the air-conditioning works great). No taking photos inside (there is e a camera system and security personnel), so if you will come here, enjoy it so much to keep in mind many memories as we do.

Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha Bridge (Sungai Kebun Bridge)

A cable bridge connecting the city center and Sungai Kebun in the capital. It is named after Queen Saleh (wife of the present sultan). It was officially opened on October 14, 2017, as part of the 50th-anniversary celebration of the Sultan government. It is the second longest single pylon cable bridge in the world.

Kampong Ayer

Floating village where the original settlement of Brunei was located. Sometimes it is also known as “Venice of the East”. It spreads over the Brunei River, which flows into the Gulf of Brunei. The only possible way to get to the village is by the water taxi.

Mercu Dirgahayu 60

The monument, built in honor of the 60th birthday of the Sultan of Brunei, shows number 60 in Arabic. It is a gift from the Brunei people to their leader, showing their gratitude, affection, and loyalty. The golden main structure is heading upward to indicate its wisdom and charisma in the pursuit of prosperity, peace, and progress in this country.

Istana Nurul Iman

The largest residential palace in the world. The official seat of sultan and government. It was built on a hill overlooking Kampong Ayer. It is the center of state affairs. It is opened to the public only 3 days per year. There is the bus stop near the palace, so we said that we will see the palace from the outside. But actually, we didn´t know, that we will stand before the huge closed gate and the only thing we will see is the exchange of guards. The whole palace is hidden behind a huge garden.

Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

Short description – an oasis of tranquility in the heart of the capital city of Brunei. The mosque was completed in 1958 and named after the 28th Sultan. The building features a typical Islamic architecture, the main dome is 52 meters tall and covered with gold. The main minaret is a combination of Renaissance and Italian architecture. Some material was imported from abroad (marble from Italy, granite from Shanghai, crystal chandeliers from England, carpets from Saudi Arabia).

You can also see the mosque inside and don´t worry if you are not wearing long-sleeved clothing. At the entrance there are several cloaks, only the women must have their head covered, so I recommend having at least a scarf. Entry is without shoes.

Diving

Brunei is a great place for diving. You can sink to the American wreck of the Minesweeper, the USS Salute (AM-294) of 1945, the Australian wreck, the Malaysian wreck Dolphin 88 (sunk in 2013 due to bad weather), or the Japanese wreck, etc. Diving is at very reasonable prices 35 – 45 BND (for 1 dive). The final amount depends on how many dives you complete and whether you have your own equipment. There are plenty of diving specialists (Poni Divers, Oceanic Quest, Brunei Sub Aqua Dive Club, Panaga Divers).

Nature
If you are especially interested in nature, move to the Temburong area. You can arrange boat rides to Belalong National Park and stay overnight at Ulu Ulu Resort. Other outdoor adventures include Freme Rainforest Lodge, BorneoGuide, Sumbiling Eco Village.