Brunei is located on the north coast of the island of the exotic island of Borneo, surrounded completely by the South Asia Sea and Sarawak. Brunei isn’t exactly a popular tourist destination but that is because they have not discovered what there is to see and do! The four most popular places that people will drop by at while in Brunei are:
Ulu Temburong National Park
The jungles of Brunei are an excellent attraction by itself. Over 80% of Brunei is still virgin jungle, which is a great piece of news for nature lovers. Take a step back in time at the Ulu Temburong National Park as you explore its beautiful untainted forests. Make your way through lush, thick jungle and you may be rewarded with a crystal clear, cool waterfall. One example is the Jalan Dadap Waterfall where you can just take a dip and enjoy the sounds of the water and the forest – an extremely tranquilizing environment given the absence of crowds at these nature spots.
Those who prefer not to break into a sweat hiking can visit Tasek Lama. The park is located right in the middle of Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital city. The park is a great way to see the livelihood of the locals as they come for their morning exercise. Monkeys loiter the grounds of the park, so be careful of your belongings. Walk through the park and enjoy the serenity of the atmosphere, occasionally punctuated by the sound of falling water from the nearby man-made waterfalls. Tasek Lama is also an ideal place for families as it has several playgrounds all around the park.
No visit to Brunei is complete if you don’t visit their mosques. The Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin mosque, also known as the floating mosque, is breath-taking when lit up at night. The Jame’Asr Hasannal Bolkieh mosque isn’t too bad itself and is definitely worth a visit for its architectural beauty and design. Plan your visit to coincide outside the prayer times as these houses of worship will be quieter then. Do dress modestly when entering these places.
If you are looking for a holiday where most of it is spent drinking in bars, then Brunei is not the place for you. In fact, do not drink in public even if you are a non-Muslim. However, if you are looking for a relaxing holiday, spent mostly sightseeing and getting up close with nature, then Brunei should be in your bucket list.