If at any point of time, you are in South East Asia, then the abode of Peace Brunei is where you should be heading. With the states of Sarawak surrounding it, Limbang separates this region into two. This lovely area located on the Borneo Island is the ideal destination for a royal touch.
Existing since the 7th century, Brunei, an erstwhile part of the Srivijayan Empire was known as P’o-li. This place was visited by Ferdinand Magellan in the year 1521 and has seen a lot till it became an independent region in the year 1984. Today it is the Brunei Darussalam – the industrialized royal country.
With its exotic locales, past history and beautiful landscapes Brunei has a lot to offer when it comes to tourism and travel. Let us see what we could see in Brunei the land of peace.
The Seri Begawan Waterfront at Brunei is a grand spectacle with its lovely promenade for pedestrians. This stroll down the watery ambience is a perfect treat for the tourist in the evening. There are lot of sights that one can see here and the delicious cuisine and ambience is the best deal one could get here apart from the visual spectacle.
Then you have the oil based economical monument the Billionth Barrel Monument which is situated at Kuala Belati and is a lovely proof of the growing Brunei financial base.
Billionth Barrel Monument
The museum of the Sultanate is another attraction in Brunei and encourages Islamic tradition, and art besides enhancing the culture of Brunei and details about its history. There are ceramics which have been there since the 9th century and the North east originated blown glass and the diorama of a Malay marriage in life size is some of its major attractions.
The architectural elegance in Brunei never ceases to astonish anyone and the Empire Hotel & Country Club is again an example. The lovely verdant surroundings here with the gardens opens into one of the loveliest rainforests ever found in this part of south East Asia. The sports lovers could have the best golf course experience here and the view of the South China Sea from here is awe inspiring. This is the best beach resort at Brunei and tourists love to bask in the sun here.
Empire Hotel & Country Club
Then we have the 1788 roomed Istana Nurul Iman palace which has the dubious distinction of being the largest ever presidential palace in the world. It is the Sultan’s residence and he lives here with his family. The inside of the palace is viewed only during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations when people are allowed inside. Overlooking the Brunei River, this palace is magnificent and can be viewed from the outside anytime.
One of the grandest mosques Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque is located here in Brunei and was constructed in the year 1992 in celebration of the sultan’s 25 years on the throne. The mosque with its tile work of terrazzo on the exteriors is an example of the architectural intelligence and magic.
Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque
Brunei has more to offer with its theme parks, museums, beaches and monuments. Do visit this land of intrigue and peace.