15 Best Things To Do in Brunei Capital City

Soaking in the relax and clam atmosphere. The country that has been overlook by travelers. Brunei located on the north coast of Borneo island surrounded by Malaysia and South China sea. The small country that ruled by Sultan’s one of the world richest individual. Thanks to its oil and gas deposits, Bruneian rank high on the list of the highest income per capita with no personal taxed. Free education and healthcare. This Brunei Travel Guide will introduce you to the high contrast between the simplest living people, wooden water village, extravagant mosques and 7stars hotel 

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1. Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

The largest mosque in the country. Jame’ Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque was built with the finest quality of materials from all over the world including real gold. The mosque completed building in 1994 and has a unique design of the 29 golden domes that honor the 29th Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah. Your Brunei travel guide will not be completed without visiting Jame’ Asr Hassanil

Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque in Brunei


Take a glimpse to observe the religious lives in Brunei at the Sultan’s mosque that stands firmly as one of the main attractions in Brunei Darussalam. Religious play a crucial role in Brunei, the mosque was built as a gift for Brunei people that can occupy up to 4000 worshippers at a time. The masterpiece of modern Islamic architecture, two marvel-stories artfully design in geometric patterns

Tips: Silence must be observed at all times. Robes will be offered for visitors and shoes must be taken off at the entrance

Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque in Brunei
Brunei Travel Guide of Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque


2. Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

Masjid Omar Ali Saifuddien named after the 28th Sultan of Brunei. The mosque located in the heart of Brunei, surrounded by manmade lagoon and beautiful garden that perfectly reflect the lavish design from the inside-out. The glamming construction that used only the finest materials – even the mosque dome is covered in pure gold leaf

Brunei Travel Guide - Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque


Omar Ali Saifuddien is the tallest mosque and no other buildings were allowed to exceed its height. Speaking true to its name as one of the most beautiful mosques in Asia Pacific. The national icon of Brunei that brings people of Brunei together in this spiritual place

Its beauty can take ones breath away. The sunset was stunning, the weather after rain was perfect like icing on the cake. Take a sunset walk to appreciate the moment in these laid-back city of Brunei

Brunei Travel Guide - Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque
Brunei Travel Guide - Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque


3. Ash Shaliheen Mosque

One of the most unique mosque that had been built in 2012 by Egyptian architecture – Abdel-Wahed El-Wakil, the world most expert in Islamic architecture. The Moroccan style mosque able to occupied up to 1000 prayers

The Ash Shaliheen located next to the Prime Minister’s Office Complex. Built in a transparent style with glass roof, surrounded by fountains, brass lightings and a hand-cut ‘zellige’ mosaic, all from Morocco

Ash Shaliheen Mosque in Brunei
Brunei Travel Guide - Ash Shaliheen Mosque
Brunei Travel Guide - Ash Shaliheen Mosque


4. Brunei International Airport Mosque

Brunei International Airport Mosque is located next to the arrival terminal. The newly built light yellow building with blue dome mosque will be the first thing you see after landing.  Where we start our holiday with these Brunei Travel Guide

Tips: The mosque is not open for tourist. But you can take a glimpse of it before rushing into the cab and get into the city

Brunei International Airport Mosque


5. Kampong Ayer

Bruneian’s traditional living can be found in the water village located on the banks of Brunei river. Diving into the old neighborhood before migrating to the solid ground. Hop on water taxi that takes only a minute from city center to floating village. Walking along the wooden bridge that connect every household together

Tips: The jetty port is near Brunei Energy Hub Dermaga Diraja. One-way boat ride to water village cost 1BND. The boat tour around water village / mangrove forests / museum / loyal palace will cost from 40BND

Brunei Travel Guide - Boat ride in Kampong Ayer (Water Village)
Brunei Travel Guide - Kampong Ayer (Water Village)

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6. Al-Muhtadee Billah Mosque

Kampong Ayer’s mosque or Al-Muhtadee Billah Mosque was built on 1983-1987. Located in the innermost of water village. The ventilation like yellow dome standing brightly and can easily notice even from afar

Brunei Travel Guide - Al-Muhtadee Billah Mosque​


7. Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha Bridge

A cable-stayed bridge that connected city center to Sungai Kebun, also known as Sungai Kebun bridge

Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha Bridge in Brunei


8. Taman Mahkota Jubli Emas

The eco-corridor park is the riverfront public park that located in the city center. Strolling around the park, appreciate the sundown moment. A perfect place to wind down, walking through the tulip garden along side Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque overlook the Brunei river

Brunei Travel Guide to Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque


9. Brunei City Centre

The heart of Brunei occupied by Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, river front park, the mall, restaurants and stalls of street food. The best area to stay-in, easily commute to complete all your Brunei Travel Guide – just a minute walk from city center to hop on the taxi boat to water village

Jetty port in Brunei city center


10. Gadong Night Market

The most vibrant night market Brunei has to offer. Gadong night market open daily from 4-10 PM – the ideal time to visit is around late afternoon to early evening. Let’s take a walk, grab a bite from here and there. Taste the affordable local street food, flavorful snacks and refreshing drinks

Gadong Night Market in Brunei
Gadong Night Market in Brunei


11. Royal Regalia Museum

The Sultanate’s heirlooms and regalia, the museum represent his majesty’s commemorations silver and golden jubilee. Royal Regalia Museum shown the beauty of Brunei through the exhibition of the coronation of His Majesty The Sultan and the gallery with selected pieces from the sultan’s childhood

Royal Regalia Museum in Brunei
Royal Regalia Museum in Brunei
Royal Regalia Museum in Brunei


12. Brunei History Centre

Diving into Brunei history through the exhibitions of research, collection, and publication of Brunei’s past. Some of the document doesn’t have English translation. The gallery also showcase the history timeline of the importance events, silk road, and local authentic spices

Brunei History Centre


13. Istana Nurul Iman

The official resident of The Brunei Sultan, Hassanal Bolkiah is the world’s largest resident palace. Istana Nurul Iman only open to public by the end of Ramadan on 3days of Hari Raya Aidil Fitri festivities. Alternatively, you can hop on the boat tour along Brunei river, take a glimpse of the marvel palace in the area of 200,000m2

Royal Regalia Museum in Brunei


14. The Empire Brunei

Pampering yourself at the most exclusive hotel in Brunei located on the northern coast by the South China sea. The 7-stars luxurious and spacious hotel came with full extensive services. The tropical retreat with a warm Bruneian hospitality. Take in the great experience on the private beach, purest air and immaculate coastline

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15. Ulu Temburong National Park

The very first Brunei’s national park that had been protected, located 30km away from Brunei town. The pristine rainforest can be reach by the boat and can only access with the tour guide. The tour range from canopy walkway, explore the forest, flora and fauna, and the waterfalls. Adventurous seekers definitely want to include Ulu Temburong into your Brunei travel guide !


How To Visit Brunei

Traveling to Brunei

The easiest way to visit Brunei is by air, landed to Brunei International Airport that located just 15mins drive from Brunei city center

Getting around Brunei

Taxi on demand can be found at the airport or the hotel. The easier way is using Dart App for taxi (cheaper and more convenience)

Brunei Travel Guide

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Where To Stay in Brunei

We stayed at The Brunei Hotel that located in the city center. Close to most of the main attractions within an easy walking distance. The boutique style hotel offer the comfortable stay, in-house cafe, and variety choice of food

The lobby of The Brunei Hotel