Brunei is a tiny, oil rich Muslim country on the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia, and its capital city (Bandar Seri Begawan) only has a population of about 100,000 people.
This entire country is mostly overlooked by tourists, but it’s still a cool place to check out.
Here are 5 of the best things to do & see in Bandar Seri Begawan!
1. Visit The Airport Mosque
The first thing you see after arriving in Bandar Seri Begawan is the Brunei International Airport Mosque. This is a smaller mosque with a big blue dome and three minarets, right next to the airport doors. It isn’t open to tourists, but you’re welcome to snap some photos from the outside!
2. Pick Up Some Brunei Swag
As far as tourist destinations go, Brunei is probably one of the most obscure countries in the world, so be sure to pick up some fridge magnets and other souvenirs! Even the Bruneian Dollar bills look pretty cool.
3. Try Some Durian Ice Cream
The Dairy Queen in Brunei sells blizzards made out of the notoriously weird smelling Durian fruit. The flavor is incredibly bad. You have to try it, even just to say you did!
4. Visit Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque
This mosque is the most famous monument in Brunei, and it’s easily the most photogenic too. The mosque has a huge dome of pure gold, and cost as much as $10 Million USD to build!
More info: Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque
5. Visit Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque
This huge mosque is another iconic monument of Brunei, with its golden domes and 200 foot tall minarets. You can also tour the inside on certain days of the week, and the inside looks just as impressive as the outside.
More info: Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque
Where I Stayed
I stayed at Qing Yun Resthouse Bandar near the BSB riverfront, in a private air-conditioned room for $33 USD per night. Brunei is not the cheapest country to travel, so this was a pretty good deal.
The location was perfect. The hotel was just a 5 minute walk from the famous Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque and Royal Regalia Museum. It was also right on top of a shopping complex with lots of restaurants.
Prices may fluctuate from time to time, so just keep an eye out for a good deal.