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Name: Omar Ali Saifuddien
Location: Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
Omar Ali Saifuddien is an Islamic mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei. It is often considered as one of the most beautiful mosques in the Asia Pacific. It is a place of worship for the Muslim community, a major historical site, and a famous tourist attraction of Brunei. It was designed by the architect and sculptor Rudolfo Nolli.

It is named after Omar Ali Saifuddien III, the 28th Sultan of Brunei, who initiated its construction. The mosque serves as a symbol of the Islamic faith in Brunei and dominates the skyline of Bandar Seri Begawan. The building was completed in 1958 and is an example of modern Islamic architecture.

Built in an artificial lagoon on the banks of the Brunei River at Kampong Ayer — the "village in the water" — the mosque has marble minarets and golden domes, a courtyard and is surrounded by a large number of trees and floral gardens. A bridge reaches across the lagoon to Kampong Ayer in the middle of the river. Another marble bridge leads to a structure in the lagoon meant as a replica of a 16th-century Sultan Bolkiah Mahligai Barge.

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omar_Ali_Saifuddien_Mosque
Name: Ulu Temburong National Park
Location: Brunei
Ulu Temburong National Park or fathul park was the first national park to be established in Brunei, protected since 1991. The park is in Temburong District in eastern Brunei, and covers about 40% of the district in the south at 550 square kilometres (210 sq mi). It is within the Batu Apoi Forest Reserve. The park contains unspoiled jungle and is known as the "Green Jewel of Brunei", described as "the finest example of the sultanate's successful forest protection policy". The principal rivers are the Temburong and Belalong Rivers. The Peradayan Forest Reserve is also located in the district.

Fauna include mammals, reptiles, butterflies and insects and birds. The most popular, totally arboreal faunal species, is Müller's Bornean gibbon which is grey-brown in colour and is without tail. Squirrels, in particular the tiny plain pygmy squirrel near human habitations, and black spotted rock frog (Staurois natator) are also reported from the park. Orchids and snakes, particularly the coloured Wagler's pit viper, reside on tree tops.

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulu_Temburong_National_Park
Name: Jame’ Asr Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque
Location: Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
Jame' Asr Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque is a mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. It is one of the two national mosques, the other being Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque.

Jame' 'Asr Hassanal Bolkiah is a waqf of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, the 29th and current Sultan of Brunei. The construction began in 1988 on a 20-acre site in Kiarong. The mosque was inaugurated on 14 July 1994 with the Sultan attending the Maghrib and Isha prayers in conjunction with His Majesty's 48th birthday celebration.

The mosque can accommodate 5,000 worshippers at a time, making it the largest mosque in the country. The mosque has 29 golden domes and four minarets with height of 58 metres (190 feet).

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jame'_Asr_Hassanil_Bolkiah_Mosque
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FACTS:
Official Languages: Malay
Currency: Brunei Dollar (BND)
Time zone: BNT (Brunei Darussalam Time) (UTC+8)
Drives on the right
Calling code: +673
Local / up-to-date weather in Bandar Seri Begawan (and other regions): BBC global weather – click here
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For more useful information on safety & security, local laws / customs, health and more, please see the below official US travel.state.gov web link for Brunei Darussalam travel advice. NB: Entry requirements herein listed are for US nationals only, unless stated otherwise.

You can also find recommended information on vaccinations, malaria and other more detailed health considerations for travel to Brunei Darussalam, at the below official US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) weblink.

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The local currency is the Brunei dollar, denoted by the symbol “$” or “B$” (ISO code: BND). You might hear Ringgit used to refer to the dollar but be sure that the speaker is not talking about the Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) which is valued at less than half a Brunei dollar. All prices in this guide are in Brunei dollars unless otherwise noted.

The Brunei dollar is tied to the Singapore dollar at a 1:1 rate. By law the currencies can be used interchangeably, so if you’re coming in from Singapore, there’s no reason to change money as your cash will be readily accepted. (Likewise, any leftover Brunei dollars can be used at par in Singapore.) However, many stores refuse Singapore notes with seemingly microscopic tears in them, and notices to this effect are posted at the cash register. Malaysian ringgit (RM) will also be accepted in a pinch, but the exchange rate may not be in your favour. The ringgit is not available at Brunei banks but can be obtained from money changers.

The Brunei dollar is divided into 100 cents. There are banknotes from $1 to a whopping $10,000 (handy if you’re shopping for Rolls-Royces) and coins of 1-50 cents. All smaller notes and the 2004 series of larger notes are printed as brightly coloured polymer notes.

Use caution when asking locals for transportation information. People here are friendly and very helpful, but when asking about transportation, you’ll get three different answers from three different people, even people whose job it is to help tourists.

BY CAR:

There is one “motorway”, from Bandar Seri Begawan (the capital) along the coast. It is almost all dual carriageway from Muara to Kuala Belait and the toll bridge to Malaysia/Sarawak in the west).

There is also a side road off this, which runs into the jungle towards the settlement of Labi and beyond. Excellent scenery, and a 4-wheel drive may be useful, but the road is now sealed up to the longhouses some distance beyond Labi. Stock up on water at the convenient shop at the junction.

BY TAXI:

There are not many taxis in Brunei, because car ownership and usage are high. There are always some at the airport and some in the Belait District, but little chance of finding a free taxi along the road, especially during morning and afternoon peak hours when they are hired by businessmen. Needing a taxi might require a phone call. The main taxi stand is direct north of the bus station in the capital with only a few taxis waiting.

None of the taxis has a taxi meter since there is no taxi company nor regulation requiring to have one. Drivers have fixed prices for most trips, although the tariffs may vary between different drivers, or they will give a price for an irregular trip.

The ride-hailing app of choice is Dart.

BY TOUR VANS:

Another alternative is hiring a tour van to drive you around Brunei, for example, for a whole day, or several hours. Try asking them from the ferry counters in Muara. Discuss the price first before agreeing to board the van.

BY BOAT:

Water taxis – 209 km; navigable by craft drawing less than 1.2 m. Water taxis are available in the capital.

BY BUS:

Around the capital, Bandar Seri Begawan, there is a good-sized network of minibuses. Brunei’s high rate of private car ownership means very few Bruneians take these buses, which largely cater to foreign workers. The speed of the buses are limited to 50 km/h but are quite efficient and reliable.

In general, the bus system around the capital radiates from the bus terminal in the central district. There are designated bus stops along each route but passengers are picked up or let off at unofficial locations at the discretion of the driver. The unofficial mode of operation makes easy travel and entice patronage. There are maps of the bus routes at the terminal. Routes are numbered and the buses are different colors depending on the route. The fare is $1 which is normally collected by a conductor but may also be collected by the driver. The passenger can advise the driver the location to disembark. The buses run every 20–40 minutes from about 6AM to 6PM. Sometimes, the conductor asks the passengers their respective locations to disembark and skips part of the route, to the dismay of passenger who wish to catch the bus. The buses run roughly every 20–40 minutes from 6AM to 6PM, but there’s no strict schedule. It is quite normal to wait 30 to 45 minutes for a bus.

There is also an infrequent long-distance bus which runs between BSB and Seria through Tutong.

EAT:

Bruneians love to eat out and there are many excellent restaurants in Brunei serving a wide variety of cuisines, thanks to the large number of foreign workers in the country.

There is also the local nasi katok, a simple combination of rice and curried beef or chicken, which can be quite spicy. It is relatively inexpensive when compared to other food that you can buy, for example local food such as chicken rice. However, it is not a healthy option, with few vegetables and too much fat.

Another choice is ambuyat, a culinary experience unique to Borneo. It is a starchy and gooey paste made from sago that can be dipped into a savoury sauce.

Being a Muslim country, nearly all food sold in Brunei is halal, the exception being food stalls catering to the ethnic Chinese community. Halal certification is handled by the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) (Kementerian Hal Ehwal Ugama (KHEU)).

Kosher food is basically non-existent in Brunei.

Desserts:

  • Kueh melayu (sugar, raisin, and peanut-filled sweet pancakes)

DRINK:

Brunei is a dry country: alcohol is not sold anywhere in the country and consumption of alcohol in public is prohibited by law. That said, non-Muslim visitors are allowed to bring in up to two litres of alcohol (wine or spirits) plus up to twelve cans of beer every 48 hours, and there is a wide array of duty-free shops just across the border in Malaysia to cater to this demand. However, alcohol must be declared upon arrival in Brunei while going through customs.

Many higher-end restaurants allow guests to bring in their own alcohol and corkage is not charged, though this is actually illegal and it’s best to keep a low profile if you choose to consume in a public establishment. At the lower end (particularly Chinese restaurants), many restaurants supply illicit booze under euphemisms like “special tea”.

One should definitely try out teh tarik, a sweet milk tea, as well as the wide array of coffee (kopi) available in restaurants.

Accommodation in Brunei used to be very expensive, but some reasonably cheap guesthouses and hostels can now be found here and there. See Bandar Seri Begawan for listings.

Souvenirs:

There is not much of a local crafts industry in Brunei. You’ll see a handful of different types of branded souvenirs with the Brunei brand – that are all imported. Souvenir type shops usually resort to selling imported curiosities, candles and generic gifts.

**All travel information has been sourced from wikivoyage. However like wikipedia, wikivoyage is an open platform editable by any member of the public. Therefore, although very useful, all above information IS INDICATIVE ONLY and must be verified prior to personal use. Moreover, if you wish to see more information please visit: https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Brunei
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Name: Omar Ali Saifuddien
Location: Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
Omar Ali Saifuddien is an Islamic mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei. It is often considered as one of the most beautiful mosques in the Asia Pacific. It is a place of worship for the Muslim community, a major historical site, and a famous tourist attraction of Brunei. It was designed by the architect and sculptor Rudolfo Nolli.

It is named after Omar Ali Saifuddien III, the 28th Sultan of Brunei, who initiated its construction. The mosque serves as a symbol of the Islamic faith in Brunei and dominates the skyline of Bandar Seri Begawan. The building was completed in 1958 and is an example of modern Islamic architecture.

Built in an artificial lagoon on the banks of the Brunei River at Kampong Ayer — the "village in the water" — the mosque has marble minarets and golden domes, a courtyard and is surrounded by a large number of trees and floral gardens. A bridge reaches across the lagoon to Kampong Ayer in the middle of the river. Another marble bridge leads to a structure in the lagoon meant as a replica of a 16th-century Sultan Bolkiah Mahligai Barge.

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omar_Ali_Saifuddien_Mosque
Name: Ulu Temburong National Park
Location: Brunei
Ulu Temburong National Park or fathul park was the first national park to be established in Brunei, protected since 1991. The park is in Temburong District in eastern Brunei, and covers about 40% of the district in the south at 550 square kilometres (210 sq mi). It is within the Batu Apoi Forest Reserve. The park contains unspoiled jungle and is known as the "Green Jewel of Brunei", described as "the finest example of the sultanate's successful forest protection policy". The principal rivers are the Temburong and Belalong Rivers. The Peradayan Forest Reserve is also located in the district.

Fauna include mammals, reptiles, butterflies and insects and birds. The most popular, totally arboreal faunal species, is Müller's Bornean gibbon which is grey-brown in colour and is without tail. Squirrels, in particular the tiny plain pygmy squirrel near human habitations, and black spotted rock frog (Staurois natator) are also reported from the park. Orchids and snakes, particularly the coloured Wagler's pit viper, reside on tree tops.

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulu_Temburong_National_Park
Name: Jame’ Asr Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque
Location: Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
Jame' Asr Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque is a mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. It is one of the two national mosques, the other being Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque.

Jame' 'Asr Hassanal Bolkiah is a waqf of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, the 29th and current Sultan of Brunei. The construction began in 1988 on a 20-acre site in Kiarong. The mosque was inaugurated on 14 July 1994 with the Sultan attending the Maghrib and Isha prayers in conjunction with His Majesty's 48th birthday celebration.

The mosque can accommodate 5,000 worshippers at a time, making it the largest mosque in the country. The mosque has 29 golden domes and four minarets with height of 58 metres (190 feet).

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jame'_Asr_Hassanil_Bolkiah_Mosque
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