Asia Tourism – Brunei Darussalam is a small yet full of wonder country. Located in the South East Asia, this country is just a chopped land from Borneo Island. However, as small this country seems to be, this country is among one of the richest country in the world. Not only it is because this country is rich of oil but it is also full of attractions. Brunei tourist attractions are unique and full of wonder as it has many non typical sites.
Tourism Profile of Brunei Darussalam
There are quite some of attractions in Brunei Darussalam both for domestic and foreign tourists. Brunei Darussalam is among the countries in Pacific Island with tropical climate and Malayan culture. This one of Southeast Asia countries is heavily influenced by Islamic culture. Most of people embrace Muslim as their religion in Brunei Darussalam. Here are must listed Brunei Darussalam tourism destinations during trip in this country of petrodollar.
Top Natural Attractions
Talking about the natural attraction in Brunei Darussalam, it will be not far from the exotic nature of tropical land. Serasa Beach is one of them. It is said to be the sexiest beach in Brunei with its great sunset scenery. Serasa Beach is located in Muara island. It is also the land of Royal Brunei Yacht Club.
The biggest attraction in Serasa Beach is its water sport, from jet ski, kayaking, and water diving, there are many providers of them. In Royal Brunei Yacht Club, people can enjoy eating in an open restaurant in a stilt house. This Royal Brunei Yacht Club gives opportunity for tourists to feel the sensation of riding yacht in Serasa Beach. There are also many huts for picnic and to shade from sun rays. Visiting this beach is highly recommended especially for those who love water sport.
Popular Heritage Sites
Brunei History Center
One of the most famous historical sites kept is in the Brunei History Center. This building keeps all the history of the country with five different sections. The section is named Area 1 to Area 5. The first area displays the the genealogical stone pill inscribed in the era of past kings starting from 1368 AD.
All of the chronological history happens during the regency between that year is displayed in Area 1. For Area 2, it display the next history of the next monastery of Brunei Darussalam and so on. This place is a good one to learn thr history of Brunei Darussalam and to see many historical stuff.
This Brunei History Center is located in Bandar Seri Begawan. It opens from Monday to Thursday from 9 am to 12 pm for the first interval and 1.30pm to 4.30 pm for the second interval. It also open on Saturday but closed on Friday and Sunday.
Royal Regalia Building
Brunei Darussalam is a monastery country where thr country is ruled by a king. The history of monastery in Brunei Darussalam has started long before and is still maintained until now. To see the remainder of each regency, there is Royal Regalia Building where all the monastery of all Sultan is shown. People can see the crown as well as the chariot from each regency.
This building stand tall in the heart of Bandar Seri Begawan that shown the robust of Brunei Darussalam monastery. Visitors can take pictures only from the outside of the building. This is because they store many precious remainder of the regency so tourist should respect that and do not go overboard when visiting the building.
Kampong is a Malayan word means village. Kampong Ayer therefore is a village that is full of attraction. Kampong Ayer is a water village where the residents have their own houses floating on the river. People also call it the Venice of Southeast Asia. This is also one of the most important getaway destination in Brunei Darussalam.
View of Kampong Ayer give off nostalgic feeling. To explore this village, there is a wooden bridge that connected to the stilt house. To go to each houses or to explore the river, there is a bit water taxi for tourists to ride on. The good thing about this village is their perseverance to keep their houses in stilt even tho it is more comfortable to have permanent resident.
The entry to Kampong Ayer is free and tourist will only pay if they want to ride water taxi. Kampong Ayer is located in Bandar Seri Begawan with approximate resident about 39,000 people. If you are foreigner, there are many travel agency that include this destination.
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque
Brunei Darussalam people mostly are moslem therefore mosque is the most difficult featured places in Brunei Darussalam profile of tourism because of the many highly aesthetical architecture. The most famous mosque in Brunei Darussalam is Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien, which is located in Bandar Seri Begawan.
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque is Brunei Darussalam version of Taj Mahal. It’s a tall majestic building with 28 domes. The 28 domes are made to show the order of when Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien was ruling Brunei Darussalam. This mosque, not only majestic in architecture but also in the concept of glowing in the dark.
This mosque is captivating to see at night. Since it is a holy place, not everyone can enter this mosque freely and every non moslem tourist should respect the praying hours where the mosque will be occupied for praying.
Typical Food Attractions of Brunei
I Lotus Restaurant
Going for a Brunei food adventure, I Lotus Restaurant is one of restaurant that tourist should consider to try the food for. It is famous for its best dining concept from casual, romantic to corporate dining.
I Lotus Restaurant is a restaurant with garden patio that is large enough for those who want an outdoor dining. The restaurant serves many Asian foods especially Brune Darussalam ones. It is also known for its original, kept secret recipes that will make it the best representation of Brunei Darussalam culinary. It had vip seats that can be reserved.
Tourist attractions in Brunei Darussalam sure have many to offer even though it is a small country. It’s highly cultured and monastery centered on is their biggest attraction. To visit Brunei, makes sure to choose the best tour agency or you can go backpacking for more adventurous exploration of Brunei Darussalam.