After your arrival at Brunei International Airport, meet and greet with group before having lunch at a local restaurant. Next, visit the Jame ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque, Brunei’s largest mosque built in 1992 to celebrate the 25th year of His Majesty’s reign.
Tours will continue to The Royal Regalia Building Royal Regalia Museum, where visitors can get a glimpse of the Sultan’s full royal regalia, including the crown and royal chariot, along with a vast collection of opulent treasures built to commemorate in the occasion of Silver Jubilee of His Majesty the Sultan and Yand Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam accession to the throne in 1992.
After having our dinner, we take the evening walk and explore the popular night market, locally known as “Pasar Malam” where you can experience flavours of Brunei through its local street fare serving great food and merchandise at unbelievably cheap prices.
With breakfast in the morning at the hotel, we depart to the vibrant local market called “Tamu”. This is a popular place among foreigners to test their bargaining skills for local products and merchandise which are available at various stalls.
The tour then continues on to Brunei Arts and Handicraft Centre, a centre dedicated for the learning, preservation and display of various types of traditional arts and handicrafts of Brunei such as ‘Jong Sarat’, hand-woven clothes, silverware, hand-woven baskets, brassware and woodcarving. The centre also offers courses for those who are keen to learn in producing traditional products.
Afterwards, we will proceed with a unique boat ride across Brunei River to witness the largest water bound village in the world with 30,000 residents living in homes built entirely on stilts and wooden walkways.
The water village or commonly known as ‘Kampong Ayer’ was a historically important of trades in Borneo with a rich history which dates back over 1300 years. Antonio Pigafetta, a European voyager refers to it as the “Venice of the East”.
Drop by the Tourism and Cultural Gallery which showcases the long history of Kampong Ayer, the Water Village, from as far back as the 10th century. There are five galleries featured inside the building with each one featuring the different facets of village life and interesting artifacts, arts and crafts. You may do some shopping here.
Finally, we will transfer to the capital of Bandar Seri Begawan and get back to the hotel.
Breakfast at hotel before departing for the Padi Field at Wasan and experience padi planting techniques and packaging to understand the process of rice production in Brunei. Lunch will be served at a local house within the area.
Next is our drive to Ukong, a village in Tutong District to witness the process of acquiring Ambulong or sagu which is use to make local delicacy ‘Ambuyat’. Ambulong is made from sago palm and became the staple food of Brunei during the Second World War in the 1940s when rice was scares.
Breakfast at our hotel before departing to the Malay Technology Museum which exhibits the traditional invention of kampong ayer people.
The tour continues to the iconic golden-domed Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque that stands out like a beacon in the city centre of Bandar Seri Begawan. Standing at 53 meters tall, in fact no other buildings are allowed to be built higher than the mosque to reflect the importance of Islam in the Sultanate.
After lunch, photo stop at the Istana Nurul Iman, the official residents of His Majesty, the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam. Guiness World Records currently considers Istana Nurul Iman to hold the title as the “World’s Largest Residential Palace” with 1788 rooms.
Stop by the nearest shopping mall before transfer back to Brunei International Airport for your return flight home.
Things to remember when visiting Brunei
When visiting a mosque, all visitors should remove their shoes. Women should cover their heads and not have the knees or arms exposed. You should not pass in front of a person in prayer or touch the Quran.
Bruneians shake hands by lightly touching the hands and bringing their hands to the chest. Some people do not shake hands with members of the opposite sex.
During the Islamic fasting month of Ramadhan, Muslims do not take food from sunrise to sundown. It would be inconsiderate to eat or drink in their presence during this period.
All shops and offices will be close for operation on every Friday from 12 PM – 2 PM to respect the Friday Prayer.
In deference to the Muslim majority, alcohol is not sold in Brunei, but private consumption by non-Muslims is allowed. Non-Muslim tourists are allowed a generous duty-free allowance of 2 bottles of alcohol (wine, spirits, etc) and 12 cans of beer per entry, and may consume alcohol with sensible discretion in hotels and some restaurants.