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Spending a day in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

Spending a day in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam Posted on February 27, 2020Leave a comment

Brunei Darussalam is one of the less visited countries in Southeast Asia. Though not as lively and popular as its Southeast Asian neighbors, the capital Bandar Seri Begawan still provides travelers with an interesting experience. For those looking for an Asian destination off the mainstream, Bandar Seri Begawan is well worth the visit.

Some of the highlights of the capital Bandar Seri Begawan are the following:

1) Pasar Malem Gadong
Pasar Malem is located in the area of Gadong near the Rizqun International Hotel. Every evening, the food market comes to life as locals put up food stalls and the aroma of grilled satay fills the air. Tourists can easily buy an assortment of food for dinner for less than USD 2. Nasi lemak, satay with peanut sauce, and a wide variety of sausages and noodles are the must-tries here.

2) The Royal Regalia
The Royal Regalia in the city center of Bandar Seri Begawan provides tourists with information about the history and culture of Brunei Darussalam. On display are several royal artifacts, as well as gifts presented to the King by different Heads of State. One of the more interesting exhibits in the Royal Regalia is the replica of the procession of the crowning of the King.

3) Yayasan Complex
The Yayasan Complex is one of the two main malls of the capital. Though not up to par with the shopping that can be found in other Asian countries, the complex is still worth a visit because of its architecture.

4) Sultan Omar Ali Saiffudin Mosque
One of the two grand mosques of Brunei, the Sultan Omar Ali Saiffudin Mosque is within walking distance from the Yayasan Complex. Surrounded by water, the mosque is very picturesque which makes it a popular destination for tourists.

5) Kampung Ayer
A thirty-minute boat ride from the Yayasan Complex takes tourists around the water village of Kampung Ayer. The view from the river gives tourists a different perspective of the city.

6) Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque
The Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque is the second of the two must-see mosques of Brunei. Getting here may pose as a challenge as it is quite far from the other tourist spots of the city. A taxi would probably be the best, and also the most expensive, option.

7) The Empire Hotel and Country Club
Originally built as a palace, the Empire Hotel and Country Club today is now a lavish six-star hotel. Why not treat yourself to lunch or dinner at this hotel and experience how it is to be treated like royalty?

The Bandar Seri Begawan experience is one that is unique and very much different compared to other Asian cities. If one is looking for a relaxing and serene holiday, Bandar Seri Begawan could be the answer.

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