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Bandar Seri Beganwan
Vibrant, yet peaceful. Both modern and timeless. A fusion of majestic opulence and traditional respect.
Bandar Seri Begawan is the centre of Bruneis commerce, finance and government. In many ways, it is also the heart of Bruneis cultural landscape, housing some of the nations most revered landmarks. The citys breathtaking Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque is a stunning tribute to the nations deep-rooted faith, while the truly Bruneian Kampong Ayer water village offers a glimpse of the nations quaint Asian charm.
Beneath Bandar Seri Begawans lavish adornments, gold towers, sparkling fountains and colourful mosaic tiles, lies a city steeped in quiet respect, grounded in Islamic tradition, and exuding a sense of peace that makes it one of Asias most distinctive capital cities.
Contemporary luxuries abound. Rustic surprises await.
Though small in size, Brunei-Muara is of great importance to the nation as the district housing Bruneis capital, Bandar Seri Begawan. As such, it is usually the first stop of any visitor to Brunei and one of the most memorable. Outside the capital lie some of the nations most world-renowned attractions.
The golden spires adorning Istana Nurul Iman, home of the nations revered monarch, His Majesty The Sultan, form a striking backdrop for a spectacular Bruneian sunset. The lavish residence has achieved legendary status as the largest palace in the world and features a unique blend of contemporary and traditional Islamic architecture. But there is nothing traditional or expected about Brunei Muaras other famous attraction, Jerudong Park Playground, the state-of-the-art amusement park that was once the playground of royalty.
Sparsely populated. Ethnically diverse. A different side of Brunei.
While only a half-hour drive from the urban centre of Bandar Seri Begawan, Tutong offers a glimpse of the diverse cultures and unique lifestyles of rural Brunei, making it one of the nations most distinctive districts.
Tutong is abundant in natural beauty, from the white sands and rocky outcroppings of Pantai Seri Kenangan beach all the way inland to the scenic and somewhat mysterious feel of Tasek Merimbun, a serpentine lake surrounded by swamps and 15th century burial grounds. But the true draw of Tutong is its people. Local colour abounds at the Ruma Budaya cultural village, showcasing the five ethnic Bornean groups that make up the districts diverse population.
Birthplace of the nation's wealth. Home of the oil industry. Brunei's economic heartland.
Behind the glitter of Bruneis legendary wealth lies the district of Kuala Belait, seat of the nations oil and gas industry, producing the countrys main export commodity. While the economy today is slowly diversifying to include manufacturing, services and tourism, the real gold of Brunei flows deep below the ground in Belait.
To see where it all began, visit the town of Seria to see rows of the affectionately-named nodding donkeys which pump the lifeblood of Bruneis economy from the oil-rich earth of Belait. Serias Oil & Gas Discovery Centre provides an up-close view of the inner workings of the nations main industry, and the visually striking Billionth Barrel Monument immortalizes the industrys accomplishments through contemporary architectural forms.
The call of a proboscis monkey. The thrill of a speedboat cutting through jungle waters. Unspoiled. Untamed. Unbelievable.
Early European explorers told tales of the exotic wonders found on the island of Borneo. Rare orchids with blooms as large as dinner plates. Elusive monkeys with long, curved noses. Rivers that snake through uncharted forests. And green, verdant shades never before seen. This is Temburong, and all it beholds the adventurous traveller today.
Temburong is a living tribute to Bruneis dedication to preserving one of the worlds most diverse ecosystems. The Ulu Temburong National Park offers visitors a peek at a world untouched by man, from above or below the forest canopy. The simple culture of the Bornean longhouse community can also be seen a complete and unforgettable Borneo experience.
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