Free Things to Do in Bandar Seri Begawan

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  • reemakaa
    Damascus, Syria29 contributions
    Very beautiful mosque. Great while building with golden domes and minarets In front of the mosques and artificial lake and a stone ship built inside. Very fascinating attraction in Brunei.
    Written 18 October 2022
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  • Umnada
    Azaiba, Oman403 contributions
    If you are a history lover this is the place to visit. A stone through from the Raddison hotel , we spent almost 2 hrs learning all about Brunei and its ruling family. The items displayed go back to some 29 generations of the present Sultan. A lot to learn and see. The place is done up very plush and posh and looks like no expense has been spared to exhibit all there is, however on visiting the comfort rooms I found that the whole area has been totally neglected and does not meet up to the standard of what is being exhibited.
    The doors of the toilets are so run down that they hardly close. Water on the floor, no toilet appear, soap or hand towels.
    Sorry to say but really appalling to see. I hope someone will pay attention and correct this and this is meant as a positive complaint. It looks like there need to be someone checking on the hygiene of the back areas.
    Please don't let me put anyone off of visiting that's only one aspect of what is a beautiful place to spend few hrs.
    Written 13 February 2020
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  • Sid5515
    Bangi, Malaysia791 contributions
    Apart from the well-known Masjid Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin in the city centre, there is another mosque which also famous in the city. This mosque located just outside the city centre, but close to some other location like Pasar Gadong and RIPAS Hospital. Went there for Jumaat prayer, they still practicing physical distancing and preventive measure for Covid-19 even though this country hasn't any case in nearly 300 days.
    Written 22 February 2021
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  • Adam P
    Trowbridge, UK4,621 contributions
    Very nice ro walk through, amd we saw many monkeys, water lizards and various birds. The paths are well maintained and toilets available. People outside selling food and drinks too.
    Written 10 February 2020
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  • Sid5515
    Bangi, Malaysia791 contributions
    Generally it is a night market under the proper market building, housing range of foods and fruits. Food price are cheap and have a lot of variety from local dishes to snacks. There also several tables where you can have your meal.
    Written 22 February 2021
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  • Poleinahole
    Switzerland2,014 contributions
    I’m not sure why this is called the “Technology” Museum as there is nothing technological about it.

    It’s a museum about Brunei customs and traditions. It’s not particularly realistic. If going to Sarawak, the Cultural Museum in Kuching is far better.

    But given that it’s free and there’s not much else to visit in Brunei might be worth a look. You can’t take photos though.
    Written 17 November 2019
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  • saronic
    Zurich, Switzerland24,896 contributions
    Being in Bandar Seri Begawan on a weekend I happened to see the town's all three 'tamu' (market). After dinner Saturday evening at the 'Tamu Selera', which is exclusively a food market with cooked meals (open daily from 5 -pm to midnight) I then went next morning, on a Sunday, to the town's main market, the Tamu Kianggeh, named after the small nearby river of that name.

    It is a good place to see what is on offer in the country, from vegetables, fruit to meat and fish. Some sell cooked food to be eaten there. Also some other items are for sale, for example basketry, which would be an item for tourists, but tourists are hardly ever seen in this town.

    From here I walked to the main street, the Jalan Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin, where a 24h weekend market is held, from 6pm on Saturday till 6pm on Sunday. Here the accent is less on food than clothes, shoes and all kind of other items.

    Of all the three places the most atmospheric is definitely the night market 'Tamu Selera'.
    Written 26 December 2019
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  • AFAK25
    Jeddah, Saudi Arabia3,604 contributions
    I stayed in Rizqun Hotel next to The Mall. I chose Rizqun purely due to its location which is near to the mall and activities surrounding it.

    The Mall reminds me of malls in KL perhaps 15-20 years ago, before the age of KLCC and Pavilion. The ambience was relaxed, almost homely.

    Lots of restaurants and food stalls.
    Written 26 November 2022
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  • Marjorie M
    Vancouver, Canada17 contributions
    We avoid this church on weekends especially Sunday and moreover during the Holy season as we were warned it would be packed like sardines, very crowded and parking extremely difficult. But as it turned out, it is a perfect place for weekday Mass for us. We came early had no trouble parking and Mass was enjoyed by all as it wasn't crammed, temperature perfect and the service was well enjoyed by all.
    Written 29 December 2018
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  • Robbie W
    London, UK6 contributions
    Rather than exploring the whole history of Brunei the galleries concentrate on a handful of topics, which are a bit disjointed. Most of the documents gallery is in Malay only for some reason (all other galleries are bi-lingual). I found the Golden Age gallery the most interesting, although it left wanting to know what happened next, after all there was a nearly 300 year gap between the Spaniards attacking Brunei and the arrival of the White Rajah.
    Written 5 January 2020
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  • saronic
    Zurich, Switzerland24,896 contributions
    While I was rather disappointed by Kampong Ayer, the Water Village itself, I found its about 10 years old Cultural Center quite interesting, giving all kind of information in English on its long history, on its economy, its social life and its handicraft. There is also a viewing tower attached to it. It is open daily except on Fridays and there is no entrance fee. its location is next to the Jetty 1.
    Written 27 December 2019
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  • saronic
    Zurich, Switzerland24,896 contributions
    After walking through this very centrally located shopping center I went some floors up to the 'Food Court' (which has no separate entry in Tripadvisor), where there is a big choice in different type of meals.

    When I saw a place, which offered 'Ambuyat', the national dish of Brunei, I made my choice. At the counter I ordered an 'Ambuyat special', which came with 5 fried shrimps, 2 grilled small fishes, an omelet, boiled vegetables, raw carrots and cucumbers and 4 different kind of dips. And naturally in a separate bowl the famous Ambuyat, a very sticky colourless substance, made from the interior of a sago palm. To eat it one is given a special bamboo fork, called 'Chandas' like chop sticks attached to each other at one end, but not to be broken. There is no way to chew the Ambuyat, all one does, after having dipped it into a kind of Sambal Sauce, is to slowly swallow it. Quite fun and not too bad.
    Written 23 December 2019
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  • saronic
    Zurich, Switzerland24,896 contributions
    When walking down Jalan Kianggeh along the small river of that name towards the Tamu Kianggeh, the towns main market, I saw almost on the opposite of it the front of this not very big Chinese temple, apparently built in 1960.

    Chinese have been present in Brunei since centuries, mainly as merchants. The majority though came to work here after the discovery of oil in the 1920's, thus in Britsh times. Now with about 10% of the population they form the biggest minority in the country.
    Written 27 December 2019
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  • sodesa
    Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam802 contributions
    This is a difficult review to write. On the one hand, the pristine and serene beauty of the lake (especially around Pulau Labi Labi) is rare , special, and untouched. To see heron birds and Pitcher plants, and floating lotus leaves, with clouds perfectly reflected on the “black water” surface; is Immersive Experiential Travel at its best. This has potential to become Brunei’s top tourist attraction
    Except for
    The Appalling lack of Infrastructure: bridge broken and in disrepair, lack of kiosk and other facilities , normally expected by tourists.
    Ironically the lack of easy accessibility adds to the other worldly charm of the place; definitely not commercialized. You virtually have Nature all to yourself.
    I’ve been told by the boatman, that best time to go is between 6am to 8am; where the morning mist hover over the lake, and you can spot the purple heron birds. Alternatively, you can visit in the evening around 5:30pm, to watch the sun set.

    Written 13 July 2019
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  • Dominic Veeranat Limprasutr
    Bangkok, Thailand674 contributions
    We went there in the afternoon where it was too hot and humid, however, we took some photos and came back again when dark
    Written 16 January 2020
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