BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN DAY TRIP
Tour Code: BWN DAY1 and DAY2
Duration – Full Day
This is a popular tour which allows you to spend the day getting to know highlights of the Brunei’s capital city. It is ideal for those who would like to fly in from Kota Kinabalu for the day, or alternatively, for those who have arrived in Brunei on a cruise ship and would like to spend the day taking in the sights of the city.
If coming from Kota Kinabalu, depart KK airport at 08.40 hrs and fly to Bandar Seri Begawan, on a Royal Brunei flight, arriving at 09.30 hrs.
Note that flight schedules are varied by the airlines from time to time – as at early 2019, there are return flights from KK to Bandar Seri Begawan on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Ideally, the return flight should be early evening – about 18.20 hrs. This will allow you to make the most of your time in Brunei – bearing in mind that it is necessary to check in for the return flight 3 hours in advance. Check with us at the time of booking to be sure that your choice of day will work.
You will be met at the airport (or cruise terminal) on arrival, and proceed to the Royal Regalia Museum, to visit the Exhibition Hall housing the royal ceremonial costumes, royal chariot, and gold and silver ceremonial armoury which gives an insight into the wealth of this oil rich and ancient sultanate.
From the Royal Regalia Museum, visit the Malay Technology Museum. Contrary to its somewhat misleading name, the focus of the museum is not on modern technology, but instead on the traditional lifestyles and practices of Brunei’s ethnic groups, with displays on life in a Malay water village – stilt architecture, boat making, fishing techniques, handicrafts, etc., and a Murut (Lun Bawang) longhouse with weaponry on the walls, and observe the blowpipe-making technique of the nomadic Penan. Learn about traditional livelihoods, from fishing and farming to trampling sago pith and boat making, and explore the crafts still practised in Brunei’s water villages, from silversmithing and goldsmithing to weaving fine cloth.
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque
From the the Malay Technology Museum, you will proceed to Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque, an Islamic architectural gem which has twenty-nine 24K golden-topped domes. From here, you will also have a view of the magnificent Istana Nural Iman palace (The Palace of Light) and is the largest residential palace in the world with 1788 rooms. The Palace is the official residence of the Sultan of Brunei and his family, and stands on the banks of the Brunei River, several kilometres to the South of Brunei’s capital.
Lunch is not included in the price of the tour, but a stop will be made at a local restaurant – generally the Millenium Restaurant, or if not available, the Emperor’s Court or Tarindak Restaurant. You can choose what you want to eat, and how much you want to pay for it.
Istana Nural Iman Palace (The Palace of Light)
After lunch, visit the Eco Park. Wedged in between the two landmarks of Bruneian history – Kampong Ayer (the water village) and the white marble edifice of Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Mosque, a towering symbol of the sultanate’s values of Malay Islamic Monarchy, is the Sungai Kedayan Eco-Corridor — an urban redevelopment that is part of ambitious plans to revitalise the capital, Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB).
You wouldn’t have thought that this 12-hectare park – complete with manicured lawns, bright tulips and imposing baobab trees – evolved out of a flooding mitigation project.
From the Eco Park you will have a breathtaking view of the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque. It is named after Omar Ali Saifuddien III, the 28th Sultan of Brunei, who initiated its construction. The mosque serves as a symbol of the Islamic faith in Brunei and dominates the skyline of the city of Bandar Seri Begawan. The building was completed in 1958 and is an example of modern Islamic architecture – possibly the most beautiful mosque in the whole Asia Pacific Region.
Kampong Ayer – The Venice of the East – Bandar Seri Begawan
The final stop of the day will be to the water village, also known as The Venice of The East, where more than thirty thousand people live on their ancestral sites. This water village has all the modern amenities, including schools, clinics, police station and a fire brigade.
You will be given afternoon tea with local cakes at one of the houses in the water village.
Transfer to the airport for the return flight with Royal Brunei, departing at 18.20 hrs, and arriving in KK at 19.00 hrs.
Please check with Borneo Tour Specialists prior to making your flight reservations as the flight schedule varies from day to day.
On arrival at Kota Kinabalu International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
The tour includes bottled water and afternoon tea.
Price includes pick up from inner city hotels in KK – surcharge for Rasa Ria, Nexus etc) (note that the tour price excludes flights)
Photo stops will be made along the way to enable to you to photograph the many sights of Bandar Seri Begawan. Non-Muslims are not permitted to enter the mosques on Thursdays and Fridays.
|Brunei Day Trip
|Lunch and return airport
transfers in KK and Brunei
Prices per person in Australian Dollars and valid 01 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 (E.O.E.) Refer to General Booking Conditions
|Brunei Day Trip
|Lunch and return cruise terminal
transfers in Brunei
Prices per person in Australian Dollars and valid 01 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 (E.O.E.) Refer to General Booking Conditions
Photographs courtesy of Intrepid Tours and Brunei Tourism