Bandar Seri Begawan is the capital of Bruenei, visitors come to Bandar Seri Begawan expecting an extravagant mini-Dubai, but the this city is actually quite unassuming. The flashiness of the nouveau-riche plays out more in the suburbs, leaving the city quiet, peaceful and quite serene.
Best Time to Visit
The high season to travel in Brunei is between June – September, but the best time to visit Brunei is between January and May. This is when the weather is dry and warm, but not too hot.
Top Places to Visit in Bandar Seri Begawan
1. Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque
It is the largest mosque in Brunei and considered one of the region’s most grand monuments to Islam. The edifice is certainly stunning, but the interior is downright jaw-dropping. Built in 1992 for the 25th anniversary of the current sultan’s reign, the sheer size of the interior is awe-inspiring. Seemingly every inch is covered with artistic details that show the creator’s devotion to the faith. The surrounding gardens are equally beautiful, and the whole complex is truly dazzling.
2. Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque
Considerably smaller than the Jame’ Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque but only slightly less decadent, this mosque was built in 1958 in its own artificial lagoon. It is the tallest building in the central stretch of the capital, and the call to prayer echoes from there throughout the city at dawn and dusk.
3. Taman Perangina Tasek
Taman Perangina Tasek is the most serene place in town. The sprawling green zone is dotted with picnic tables, fountains and waterfalls, and the peaceful walking trails take visitors past freshwater swimming holes and lush trees that provide a home to proboscis monkeys.