people lived in the capital city of Brunei. Bandar Seri Begawan is the
only town of any size. The city is neat, clean, and modern with wide roads
and extravagant public buildings. Tourists will feel awed with the Omar
Ali Saifuddin Mosque, one of the most impressive and modern mosques in
the East. This giant golden-domed mosque was originally built in 1958
near to the Brunei River in its own artificial lagoon. It was built with
pure luxury in mind - the interior is covered with Italian marble walls,
plush carpeting and an elevator.
At the Brunei
River is Kampung Ayer, a centuries-old collection of 28 water villages
built on stilts. 30,000 people inhabit the place and a visit to this place
would be a real highlight to any tourists. Kampung Ayer is a strange mix
of modern and ancient. Do not miss out on this place!
city also sports some excellent museums. There is the traditional Brunei
Museum and the lavish Malay Technology Museum. Here, you will get to see
exhibits on water village architecture and the various technologies used
by the people who lived in them. Should you wish to visit the Sultan's
magnificent palace, you must plan your visit towards the end of the fasting
month of Ramadan. The Istana Nurul Iman is open to the public then.
If you are
looking for a happening nightlife, this is not the place for you. The
streets are almost deserted at 9 pm. Overall, the people are friendly
and easy to get along with.