You can actually tour around Bandar Seri Begawan by foot and visit some attractions AT NO CHARGE!
Here are the 10 worth seeing places in the city centre.
1. The Chinese Temple
2. Makam Raja Ayang
The tombstone is dated 1452 AD. Legend has it that Raja Ayang (a lady who was a descendant of Ibn Ismail bin Yusof bin Al Aziz Al Khawlani) had unlawful relationship with a sibling which contravened Islamic religious laws and was subsequently punished. The couple were then banished to live in an underground house and provided with sufficient provisions, including a chimney for ventilation.
3. Tamu Kianggeh
Tamu Kianggeh is an open-air market located on the banks of Kianggeh River. Hundreds of stalls were setup here selling local vegetables, seafood, traditional handicrafts etc. Tamu Kianggeh is usually crowded in early morning. The market is just a stone’s throw from the Chinese temple. Come here to explore what the locals busy with their day.
4. Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex
The complex is located on a strategic area between Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque and Kampong Air. There is a bigger department store here where you can shop and eat. Please do not expect too much on shopping part because it won’t satisfy you. However, you may get a breathtaking view here.
5. Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque
The mosque is a major landmark of Brunei city centre. Tourist is allowed to enter the interior part according to the schedule, opens from Sunday to Wednesday at 8am – 12pm, 1.30-3pm and 4.30 – 5.30pm, Friday at 4.30-5.30pm. However, the mosque is closed on public holidays and to non Muslims on Thursdays. Do take note that women have to dress in a long, ankle-reaching coat.
6. The Old Palace
Never knew there is an old palace near Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque until a boatman told us the hidden palace. It is the place where the present Sultan was born. The royal family has then shifted to Istana Darul Hana in 1951. However, the old palace is still well-maintained now.
7. The Waterfront
There is a Waterfront Gallery here showing exhibitions sometimes. As the opening hours is not clearly stated, so you have to try your luck! Strolling along waterfront could be annoying as you will find a lot of boatmen asking you to tour around Kampong Ayer. If you are interested to pay a visit, better bargain before you get on the water taxi. You might get a very good price with good bargaining skill.
8. The Royal Regalia
This museum showcased a collection of royal regalia. It is open to public every day, except public holidays. Remember to take off your shoe before entering.
9. Tasek Lama Recreational Park
It was one of the oldest recreational park in Brunei. Locals love to hike or jog in the park everyday especially in the morning or evening. There are several hiking trails in the park. Pay a visit here if you need fresh air. It is just about 10 minutes walk from The Youth Centre (Pusat Belia).
10. The hiking trail
It is another hiking trail located beside Radisson Hotel. There is a route that can be linked to Tasek Lama Recreational Park from here. Not prefer hiking? Then just getting up the hill (approximately 10 minutes climb) to enjoy the magnificent view over Bandar city centre.