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Our activities are the ideal way to organise your holiday. You'll need an expert itinerary to make the most of a trip to Brunei, especially when you wish to pack in trips to museums and outdoor activities. And it's a no-brainer that you're someone who likes to get out and about遥ou're excited to get out and see what life is like for locals. You're anxious to sign up for the most essential activities around, and an afternoon walking through charming neighbourhoods is a perfect way to spend an afternoon. Book professionally lead tours on Expedia, and you'll learn all about the city's history along the way.
The capital of the sultanate of Brunei Darussalam feels wonderfully structured and ordered until you reach its food market where smoke rises from barbecues, dishes from all over Asia assault your senses and locals squat or sit at makeshift tables as they enjoy their evening meal. Gold-domed mosques, water villages, expansive parks and upmarket restaurants add to the charm of this often overlooked city.
Tami Kianggeh - It's refreshing after the stately order of the rest of the capital to approach the chaos and mess that characterises its open-air food market. Here you can sample the cheapest - but certainly the most authentic - food in Bandar Seri Begawan. Stalls serve nasi katok (rice, curried chicken and sambal and nasi lemak (rice in coconut milk with chicken, egg and cucumber) alongside dishes from other parts of Asia. Roll up your sleeves and tuck in!
Kampong Ayer - 30,000 people live in this string of 42 stilt villages along the banks of the Sungai Brunei. Not so long ago nearly half of Brunei's entire population lived here in what is the largest stilt settlement in the world. The timber houses are all sun-cracked pastel shades but this is a community not a tourist sight so don’t expect picture perfect scenes. The place may look ramshackle but lining the road opposite are the luxury cars of many residents who live here - with a sizeable community of Brunei’s poorest - because they prefer it to life on the land.
Central Bandar Seri Begawan - The centre of this remarkably ordered capital seems to be built around the gold-domed Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque. Roads circle the magnificent structure and there are great views of it from many points, including the stately landscaped park, Taman Persiaran Damuan.
Gadong - This is the area to head for if you want to try the best food in the capital. The upmarket restaurants in this area just north of the centre will have you coming back time and time again.
Temburong - Isolated from the rest of Brunei by the imposition of Sarawak, but accessible from the capital, you will discover the largest preserved tract of primary rainforest in Borneo. The stunning Ulu Temburong National Park is accessible only by longboat and lets you walk 60 metres above the jungle floor through its tree tops. Look out for gibbons and orange-beaked rhinoceros hornbills.
West Brunei - Beach lovers should head from the capital to Pantai Seri Kenangan (the ‘unforgettable beach’ in Tutong) whilst hikers should make tracks for the walking trails in the Sungai Liang Forest Reserve.
South and Central Brunei - The interior that surround the capital contains the ancient longhouses of Labi and a number of refreshing waterfalls.
The dazzling main mosque in the capital glimmers in the sun by day and is illuminated by lights at night. Its splendour contrasts with the ramshackle water village and the chaotic open air food market elsewhere in the city both of which are fascinating to see and experience.
From the capital it is possible to take tours to see the Iban settlements with their traditional longhouses in the centre of Brunei. Make sure you stop off at one of the spectacular waterfalls on the way. Ecotours can also be arranged to Temburong where the pristine rainforest shelters gibbons and canopy walks allow you to stroll through the top of the dense trees. Scuba divers should take advantage of the chance to enjoy one of the world's best kept underwater secret sites whilst foodies should sample the wares in upmarket restaurants and down at the market stalls.