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There are beaches with facilities at Kuala Belait, Lumut Beach near Tutong and at Muara. Brunei is a heavily forested state, and most activity is either on the coast or at the estuaries. Because of its small size, excellent road and tourist infrastructure, the best preserved rainforests in Borneo can easily be reached. Temburong district, which has vast tracts of virgin and uninhabited rainforest is known as the `Green Jewel' of Brunei.

Bandar Seri Begawan

The principal tourist sights in the capital are, the minaret crowning the golden-domed Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque – which stands in the middle of its own artificial lagoon, affording a fine view over the town and stilt village, the ancient Tomb of Sultan Bolkiah, the fifth sultan – known as the ‘singing admiral’ for his love of both music and conquest, the Royal Regalia Building in the heart of the capital is home to a collection of ceremonial objects – including the royal chariot and the jewel encrusted crown worn by the Sultan during his coronation, the Brunei Museum and the Malay Technology Museum showing traditional crafts.

Kampong Ayer is the water village on the outskirts of the capital, reputed to be the largest collection of stilt habitations in the world. Visitors can walk freely around the wooden walkways between the houses, which combine traditional architecture with modern facilities such as internet connections. Kampong Ayer retains much of the historical features of the 16th century when Ferdinand Magellan's chronicler first discovered it. Kampong Ayer is a national heritage and efforts are being made to preserve this lifestyle so that the legacy of the 'water' people of Brunei will be retained, not only as a tourist attraction, but also for the future generation of Brunei.

The Kianggeh Tamu is also worth visiting. Everyday, before the crack of dawn, this community market situated on the banks of the Kianggeh River opposite the Chinese Temple, is filled with all sorts of local fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and handicraft. Most of the produce sold here would be finished by early evening.

Taman Tasek is a forest reserve and recreational park in the middle of the city. It has a natural waterfall in the middle of a lush forest.

Other Places

Outside the capital within the Brunei-Muara district, Jerudong Theme Park, best reached by road, offers free modern amusements and rides next to a beach. Other beaches can be found at Muara and Serasa, where watersports are popular. Local travel agents offer half-day boat tours to Pulau Selirong, a mangrove island 45 minutes from Muara by boat, where wildlife includes proboscis monkeys, macaques, kingfishers and eagles. Other islands in Brunei Bay offer beaches and watersports.

Tasek Merimbun, Brunei’s largest lake, is in a hill resort in the Tutong District just over an hour’s drive from Bandar Seri Begawan. It offers peaceful picnicking, birdwatching facilities and jungle trails. Many unspoiled jungle areas in other districts are accessible only by boat. There are splendid traditional longhouses in the Temburong district, which contains large tracts of virgin rainforest. Travel agents offer day or overnight tours to the Ulu Temburong National Park with forest canopy trails on wooden walkways; trips can include rafting and swimming. In the Belait district near Kampong Labi, there are more traditional longhouses including Rampayoh. River safaris up the Belait River offer opportunities to visit remote forest communities, longhouses, hot springs and waterfalls. Recreational parks in the Belait district include Luagan Lalak, where there is a picnic area and a wooden walkway across the lake. The Billionth Barrel Monument near Kuala Belait is a testament to the continuing importance of oil to Brunei’s economy.





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