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Learn Bahasa Melayu Brunei

Wouldn’t it be fun if you could pick up some local words before you travel to a country? We do feel it is very helpful and definitely adds more fun in our travel. Despite most of the local Brunei people can converse in basic English, we would like to encourage you to learn some Malay words and conversation as part of your travel experience. Let’s begin!

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Welcome ~ Selamat datang
Good morning ~ Selamat pagi
Good afternoon ~ Selamat tangahari
Good evening ~ Selamat patang
Good night ~ Selamat malam Read More »

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Finding Day Trips in Bandar Seri Begawan

People travelling to Brunei are asking what are the activities to do here. This sounds familiar especially when you are having a few hours of transit at the airport. While waiting, you are recommended to find some activities or day trips in Bandar Seri Begawan to maximize your precious time.

Istana Nurul Iman image
Istana Nurul Iman

There are several ideal places to explore in the vicinity of Bandar Seri Begawan. The water village, Malay Technology museum and Royal Regalia are the places that provide some education on Brunei’s history and facts. Iconic mosques like the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque and Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque are perfect for short visit and photo stop. Do stop by at Damuan Park for photo stop near the largest residential palace in the world, Istana Nurul Iman. Read More »

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Bird Watching Tourism on the Rise

By Billah Hasan

Saturday, September 5, 2015

THE TourisBirding workshop brunei imagem Development Department yesterday launched a three-day Bird Watching Workshop 2015 aimed to promote bird watching industry in the sultanate.

Organised in collaboration with Sunshine Borneo Tours and Travel Sdn Bhd, Malaysian Nature Society (MNS), Birding Conservation Council (BCC) and Brunei Birders Group, an affiliate group of the Brunei Darussalam Photographers’ Association, the launching ceremony was held at Dewan Setia Pahlawan at the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources (MIPR) building in Berakas.

Hj Khairuddin Hj Abd Hamid, Deputy Permanent Secretary of MIPR, who officiated the workshop later, was the guest of honour.

In his speech, the deputy permanent secretary highlighted that bird watching tourism was identified in the Brunei Tourism Masterplan as one of the main tourism products which at the same time supports the conservation efforts by Wildlife Division under the ministry.

“Bird watching is a niche tourism activity which has proven to have more positive impacts to the destination.

“During our recent hosting of the Borneo Bird Race 2014, a total of 125 species of birds were seen in Brunei Darussalam’s very own protected forests as well as recreational parks,” he said.

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Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, a Symbol of Unwavering Islamic Faith

Exploring Brunei’s capital Bandar Seri Begawan is an enjoyable experience; you can see some nostalgic buildings and contemporary ones too but what caught our eyes the most was the alluring mosque that dominate the city’s skyline. This iconic building is the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque or known as the SOAS Mosque. It is a famous landmark and tourist destination that will always be on tourists’ must see list in Brunei.Sultan Omar Ali Mosque, Brunei image

Regarded as one of the most beautiful mosques in the world, it started construction on 4th February 1954 and took 4 years to be completed. On Friday the 26th of September 1958, the mosque was officially opened to public with its very first Friday Prayer. Read More »

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Birding Workshop in Brunei

Venue :  Setia Pahlawan Hall,
Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources (MIPR)
Jalan Menteri Besar, Bandar Seri Begawan
Date : 4th to 6th of September 2015

Fee: BND 180 per person
Fee includes 2 ½ days of theory and practical, printed workbook, 1 tea break and 2 lunches.

Items to bring along : Binoculars, note book & pen, drinking water. Transportation during field trip is on your own (or car pooling).
Limited seats available on a first come first serve basis (16 seats only)
For booking : [email protected]


  • Tourism Development Department, Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources
  • Sunshine Borneo Tours and Travel
  • Malaysian Nature Society/Bird Conservation Council

Bird Course Poster with TDD corrections

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The Water Village of Brunei

A mosque at the water village

The Water Village in Brunei or locally known as Kampong Ayer is the largest water village in South East Asia and perhaps in the world. Made up of many smaller floating villages, Kampong Ayer is located in the heart of the Sultanate’s capital Bandar Seri Begawan – one of the major tourist tourism attractions in Brunei.

Tracing back to its history, it was said that the Water Village was first built during the reign of Brunei’s first ruler Awang Alak Betatar (Sultan Muhammad Shah after converting to Islam) but at a different location not at the current Water Village. It was probably during after a decade of civil war that broke out between Sultan Muhyiddin and Sultan Abdul Hakkul Mubin that the Water Village is relocated to its current place now. An Italian explorer named Antonio Pigafetta dubbed the Water Village as ‘The Venice of the East’ in 1521. Read More »

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Hari Raya Aidil Fitri Celebration in Brunei

Baju raya imageThe Muslims in Brunei Darussalam started celebrating Hari Raya Aidil Fitri on 18th July 2015. The Hari Raya Aidil Fitri or Eid al-Fitr is an important Islamic event celebrated by Muslims from around the world in the month of Syawal. Ramadhan precedes Syawal, where the Muslims would observe one month of fasting from sunrise to sundown. During Ramadhan, gerai ramadhan (ramadhan food stalls) in the evening will become the highlight where an extensive selections of local food and beverage, and desserts will be on sale nationwide. It is truly a meaningful way to experience the Bruneians’ Islamic traditions and to sample their appetizing food during sungkai or breaking of fast in the evening. Read More »

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