Weekend Itinerary around Brunei Darussalam

Heres my Suggested Itinerary for a weekend stay in Bandar Seri Bengawan, Brunei

1 — Marvel at the Detailed Architecture and Marble Carvings of Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque. Guests are allowed to enter during off prayer hours, with no admission fee , but a decent outfit is expected.

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The Mosque Absolutely beautiful in actual, very photogenic at any time of the day.

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2 — A Visit to the Royal Regalia Museum that houses the collection of gifts to the Sultan from all other Nations around the world. The diverse collection of valuable crafts and artifacts, is in a way an experience of world history under one roof.  Entrance is Free for all.

The Royal Regalia Museum, where the Sultan's Collection of gifts from all over the world are displayed.

The Royal Regalia Museum, where the Sultan’s Collection of gifts from all over the world are displayed.

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at the Regalia Museum

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Some art displays at the Regalia Museum

3 — A Stroll around Downtown Bandar Seri Bengawan offers significant views of Islamic – Asian Tropical Architecture at every corner.I find the city a worthwhile strolling experience for architects as well as enthusiasts of Architecture.

Around Downtown BSB

Brunei Finance Building Around Downtown BSB .

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Cute street name , where the Sultans Mosque is located

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An iconic Building along BSB’s main road

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Riverfront Promenade

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A mall at downtown BSB. You might find it small, but this establishment actually has a basement retail extension, 2 storeys below the ground. It is located along the same block as the Mosque, and as a General Rule of the Kingdom, no structure should be erected higher than the Sultan’s Mosque nearby.

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Traditional Boat Ride across the River to Campung Ayer

4 — Enjoy local Muslim Food at Gadong Night Market . Ready made dishes at Night markets are inexpensive. you can buy a chicken meal with vegetable and rice for  B$ 2.00 ( thats around 65 pesos ) . Goat Meat , chicken and fish viands are available at B$ 1.00 ( 33 pesos )

Lively Night Market District in BSB.

Lively Night Market District in BSB.

Night Market in Gadong

Night Market in Gadong

White Ampalaya , Delicious ! This was prepared by my couch surfing host, Maam Leona.

White Ampalaya , Delicious ! 

banana leaf wrapped grilled goat meat / fish. yummy!

banana leaf wrapped grilled goat meat / fish. yummy!

Very similar to Pinoy Carinderia Set up

Very similar to Pinoy Carinderia Set up . rice are wrapped in wax paper.

sticky cake snack. like pandan flavored maja blanca

sticky cake snack. like pandan flavored maja blanca

Various Sauces for Brunei Staple food, Nasi Lemak, which you will also see in Malaysian food.  These two countries share most of food, religion and culture

Various Sauces for Brunei Staple food, Nasi Lemak, which you will also see in Malaysian food. These two countries share most of food, religion and culture

Rice Cake (Puto)

Rice Cake (Puto)

Chicken Balls , Yummy !

Chicken Balls , Yummy !

5 — Enjoy a Shabu shabu Dinner ( Steam boat Dinner , as locals call it ) at downtown Bandar Seri Bengawan.

couchsurfing Family . My Host Rohger and Maam Leona.

couchsurfing Family . My Host Rohger Balili and Maam Leona.

Hot pot. usual sight in Brunei

Hot pot. usual sight in Brunei

Chicken and Beef Satay

Chicken and Beef Satay

6 — Saturday Night out at Empire Hotel at Jurung District , BSB …. and spend late night chit chats over Milk Tea and Coffee ( because liquor is rare to find in Brunei )

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Empire Hotel in Jurong, Owned by the Sultan

Empire Hotel in Jurong, Owned by the Sultan

Empire Hotel in Jurong, Owned by the Sultan

Empire Hotel in Jurong, Owned by the Sultan

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Me with friends and a Sun burnt face from spending almost 3 weeks in India and Nepal prior to Malaysia/Brunei. =p

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Teh Tarik (Brunei Style Milk Tea)

7 —– (Sunday morning) Participate in a community Outdoor Exercise  at the grounds of Tasek Lema Waterfalls / Nature Park

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locals doing aerobics with the view of Tasek Lema Falls

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Me . =)

8 — Go Swimming at the Sultan Bolkiah’s Sports Stadium Park

In lieu of not having bars and Liquors, the Sultan of Brunei provided affordable outdoor activities for people to enjoy , like pools, health clubs, and football games every night. Entrance to this nice pool is only  B$ 1  (  35 pesos )

In lieu of not having bars and Liquors, the Sultan of Brunei provided affordable outdoor activities for people to enjoy , like pools, health clubs, and football games every night. Entrance to this nice pool is only B$ 1 ( 35 pesos )

Olympic standard Diving Pool, for only B$ 1.

Olympic standard Diving Pool, for only B$ 1.

9 — Watch a Local Charity Show where you can actually meet a lot of Filipinos working as Teachers in Brunei . A lot of Filipinos excel and are highly regarded in Brunei for Various skills , which is nice to know. Since It was my free time , I just tagged along with my host , Leona , who co-arranged this charity show for special children.  It was also a good opportunity for me to get inside the Sultan’s Convention Centre =)

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Intricately made wooden ceiling

Intricately made wooden ceiling

I would have wanted to get inside the Sultan’s Palace but it only opens at certain times of the year. As such, locals recommend tourists to visit Brunei , the week after Ramadan . It is when the Kingdom is at its most festive. They also said that The Sultan’s palace opens for locals and tourists , and sumptuous buffet is served by the royal family for three days , which is open for everybody.  And if lucky enough, you might also get a chance to see the Sultan . Thats something I look forward to experience when I visit Brunei Again =)

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