The Sultan’s Palace
Brunei-Muara has an area of 570 square kilometres and is the smallest of Brunei’s four districts. It remains, however, the most important district because the capital, Bandar Seri Begawan is located there. It is a populous, bustling district, being the seat of government ministries and departmental headquarters. The district has wide variety of sights to see and places of interest worth a visit.
Brunei-Muara includes the Kampong Ayer Water Village, Sir Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, Jame’s Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque, the Royal Regalia Centre, the Sultan’s Palace – Istana Nurul Iman, and Brunei Museum, as well quite a few other tourist attractions.
Tutong District covers an area of around 1300 square kilometres, making it the third largest district in Brunei. The main town is Tutong. Fewer than 35000 people live in this district, including various indigenous groups such as the Tutong, Kedayan, Murut and Dusun.
Tutong district borders the South China Sea to the north, the Bruneian district of Brunei-Muara and Sarawak to the east, and the Bruneian district of Belait to the west. The Tutong River (Sungai Tutong) flows through the district.
Visitors enjoy the natural beauty of the district, including popular parks and beaches. The district has the largest lake in Brunei, Tasek Merimbun, which is the centerpiece of an ASEAN Heritage Park. There are a few places of interest to visit.
A “nodding donkey” on the Seria Oil Fields
There are a few places of interest to visit. Belait District is the home of the Seria Oilfield, the Billionth Barrel Monument and the Liquified Natural Gas Plant at Lumut.
Visitors to Belait District are greeted with the giant teacup, and the sight of iconic nodding donkeys, which pumps out the source of Brunei’s prosperous oil and gas economy. But oil is not the only thing Belait is rich in. With so many different cultures culminating in one district, visitors can also experience a variety of flavor palates as well as visit monumental marks of Brunei’s rich history and diverse people.
Canopy Walkway at Temburong
Out of town, and worthy of a visit is the Ulu Temburong tropical lowland forest, where it is possible to take a forest canopy walk (after climbing 1200 steps) and visit a local Longhouse.
Ulu Temburong National Park occupies approximately 50,000ha of the Batu Apoi Forest Reserve. The park’s locality and steep, swampy terrain have limited human impact on the area and helped to preserve its rich biodiversity.
Established forest trails through the park include 7km of timber boardwalks which protect ground vegetation and help prevent erosion. The canopy walkway affords visitors an opportunity to observe the rainforest’s surprisingly diverse treetop ecosystems.
Additionally, a series of treehouses situated some 20 metres above the ground and linked by hanging bridges, provides excellent observation points.
Ulu Temburong Park Headquarters Information Centre, including staff quarters and a surau (prayer hall), is located at the Temburong and Belalong Rivers. Access to the park is by temuai or longboat, and visitor accommodation within the park consists of some seven guest houses and three well-equipped campsites.
Other places of interest include Selirong Mangrove Island and Brunei Bay. For places of interest and sights to see click here.