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Bandar Seri Begawan in a Day

By Hendra @tukangminggat

Bandar Seri Begawan, capital of Brunei Darussalam is pretty tiny. In a day we could even do the whole city tour. Here is some slight itinerary I did on my previous trip in this sultanate country. Maybe you’ll be sort of inspired while making your own itinerary :D


08.00 am   : Having breakfast at Tamu (local term for traditional market) Kianggeh which is located right infront of bus terminal. Rice + dishes + beverage (milk atau ice tea) = 2 BND only

09.00 am     : Dropping a while at the post office to see some Sultanate stamps collection and some stamp gifts from neighbor countries. Don’t forget to send postcards for your friends, it’s kinda fun activity too, isn’t it?

10.00 am   :  Exploring Kampung Ayer. Rent water taxi, bargain as cheap as possible, between 5-10 BND/ person. Don’t forget to drop by at some jetty to enjoy local morning activity


11.00 am   : Shopping souvenirs in Yayasan mall (kind of shopping center) or at some shops across Dirgahayu tower

12.00 pm     : For some Moslem, you can do your Dzuhur pray at Sultan Omar Ali Saiffudin mosque before having lunch. Don’t forget to keep precious moment by taking some photos inside and out the majestic building. If you’re not a Moslem, you can directly head to have lunch at Mall Yayasan food court or try one dollar nasi Katok (rice and fried chicken in Bruneian authentic sauce at jalan Cator



14.00 pm   : Visiting Royal Regalia museum to see some Sultanate collections like royal cart and some ornaments used when having parade or some souvenir-souvenir from neighbor countries





Royal Regalia collection

16.00 pm   : Go around jalan Roberts to see some old yet preserved buildings like Chinese Commercial Building or hangout while sipping your hot Capucinno at the De Royalle cafe–the first 24/7 cafe shop

18.00 pm    : Some Moslem friends can prepare your self  for Maghrib pray at Masjid Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiyah, and the others could spend time by photo shooting at this most majestic and luxury mosque in the country. Don’t forget to take some photos in front escalator which used to be used by sultan and family when entering the mosque. Btw, if you’re lucky, you can meet and pray with Sultan too



Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiyah mosque and Sultan escalator

19.00 pm   : Going to Jerudong Theme Park or visiting tamu Gadong, night culinary center in Gadong district. If you meet some local friends or if you rent a car, you can go there to enjoy authentic culinary. Then go to a park beside the market to enjoy your meals and and Bandar Seri Begawan chilling evening


Jerudong Theme Park


Tamu Gadong night market

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