Bandar Seri Begawan – Things to Do

There are plenty of hotels in Bandar Seri Bagawan, also known simply as Bandar, capital of the Gulf state of Brunei. Hotel staff will be happy to advise on what to do and see during your stay, but it’s worth just wandering about to get the feel for this modern city that has seen enormous development in recent years.

The population is fairly small, with many immigrant workers helping to build the city and its burgeoning business sector, and there is a wealth of facilities you can take advantage of.

Try taking a water taxi to see a city that has been compared with Venice because of its extensive canal network. The village of Kampong Ayer, which consists of hundreds of traditional thatched dwelling built on stilts to keep it above water level, is a major tourist attraction and the water taxi is the perfect form of transport to take you there.

There are some interesting mosques to visit, including the Jame’ Asri Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, which was built especially for the current Sultan, with another one close by for his predecessor.

Museums house royal regalia and a range of exquisite ceramics in the Islamic style, and these also offer food and drink in suitably cool surroundings after the heat of the streets.

Take a stroll along the waterfront at Yayasan and have a traditional coffee at one of the many coffee shops there, or do some shopping in The Mall and refortify yourself for further sightseeing afterwards at the RMS Portview restaurant.

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