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List of Hotels in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

BADI’AH HOTEL
Address: Badi'ah Complex Mile 1 1/4, Jalan Tutong, Jalan Laksamana Abdul Razak, Bandar Seri Begawan
Phone: (673)241-8888 | (673)241-2555 | (673)241-7222

The Empire Hotel & Country Club: The Most Elegant Hotel in Brunei

Another highlight of our travel to Brunei, other than the Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque is the famous Empire Hotel & Country Club. I was fascinated by this hotel from the pictures I’ve seen in the internet, not to mention it’s rated as a six-star hotel so I want to see it for myself.

Radisson Hotel, Brunei

 
This newly renovated hotel is conveniently located along the road to BSB central. It's a walking distance from/to Royal Regalia, Brunei History Centre, Tasek Lama Recreational Park and restaurants that offer authentic food.

Jubilee Hotel & Plaza, Brunei Darussalam

I will give Jubilee Hotel a five star for letting us checked-in even before the check-in time. And they upgraded our room from Standard Suite to Family Room, with a kitchen, a big living room and 2 bedrooms, though we only used 1 room since we are only 3 and all girls.

Kampung Sungai Matan Homestay

Kampong Sugai Matan Homestay is a bed & breakfast located at the Water Village (Kampong Ayer). It's just by chance that we found this home stay when we explored the village from the Gallery.
The head of the home stay is very accommodating and friendly. As soon as he sees us, he greeted us and asked us to go inside.

The Royal Regalia Building

The museum is built to commemorate the 1992 Silver Jubilee of His Majesty's ascension to the throne. I find this museum as one of the beautiful museums in Brunei.

The Lapau (Royal Ceremonial Hall) & Dewan Majlis

The Royal Ceremonial hall or locally known as Lapau is where royal traditional ceremonies take place. Significant events such as the Istiadat Berusuruh Diraja or Royal marriage proposal ceremony takes place in this beautiful structure.

List of Mosques in Brunei Darussalam

Last Updated: September 15, 2016
I'm a Catholic but that doesn't mean I don't admire other religious sites. And that doesn't mean either that I can't visit their house of worships or prayers. I just keep in mind to follow their rules and restrictions, be polite and respect their belief. Their belief is different than mine but we only have one purpose, to worship the God we believed in.

Malay Technological Museum (Muzium Teknologi Melayu)

Updated: October 14, 2016
Located not far from Brunei Museum is the Malay Technological Museum that exhibits various types of traditional technologies utilized by the indigenous people of Brunei Darussalam. Contrary to its name, this museum's displays are not about information technology, like I thought, but the traditional lifestyles and practices of Malay.

Brunei Darussalam Museums and Galleries

Brunei is one of the countries I love, not only because it's my first out of the country visit, but also because it has a lot of historical sites. I'm more of historical sites person than shopping malls or a nightlife.

I'm not regretting that Brunei was my first out of country, even though people asked why I visited Brunei when there's nothing to see. Well, for me there are a lot of places to see in Brunei and 3 days of staying there is not enough.

Brunei Darussalam Do's & Dont's

Bruneians are generally very tolerant and will understand that visitors are not familiar with all of their customs and Islamic traditions. But to show your respect and appreciate their culture, please keep these few thing in mind:

Brunei History Centre

Established in 1982, this centre aims to conduct research into the 600 year old history and culture of the country with special focus on the history of the Brunei sultans.

Brunei Arts & Handicrafts Training Centre

Is a governmental center coordinated by the Brunei Museum. It was built with just a main purpose, to revive the country’s heritage in traditional arts and handicrafts. Originally, the center was established in 1975 and was moved to its new and current location in 1984 in conjunction with the Brunei Independence. Brunei Arts and Handicrafts Training Centre is the only place where mostly Brunei oldest Arts and Handicrafts survived from extinction.

Mausoleum of Sultan Bolkiah

Sultan Bolkiah Mausoleum is located on a hill ridge at Kota Batu, overlooking the Brunei River. His Majesty reign Brunei from 1485 - 1524 century AD. He’s the most famous of all sultans of Brunei. 

During his reign Brunei Empire was at its peak; almost all the sultanate in Borneo were under his sovereignty including Sambas, Kotaringin, Pontianak, Kutai, Pasir, Tuli-Tuli, Banjarmasin and Burau. He even seized Manila briefly with the help of a cannon called Si-Gantar Alam (He Who Makes the Earth Shake)

House of Twelve Roofs (Bubongan Duabelas)

This is another attraction that I wasn’t able to visit when we were in Brunei. This sultanate's oldest extant building is now a museum dedicated to the longstanding 'special relationship' between Brunei and the United Kingdom. The museum displays many fine shots of Queen Elizabeth II.

Kampong Ayer Cultural & Tourism Gallery

Opened in 2009, this gallery is in a perfect location and a good place to start exploring the water village. Located at the heart of the water village, this complex features five mini galleries, that house all the important information and pictures on history, traditions, society, arts as well as handicrafts and relics from the origins of the water village dating up to the 10th until the 20th century.
 

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