This five-day luxury tour showcases one of the most intriguing Southeast Asian destinations – the Sultanate of Brunei. Over the course of your trip, you'll be introduced to the colorful capital of Bandar Seri Begawan and have time to explore the forests and waterways of Temburong National Park, giving you a taste of Borneo’s enchanting wilderness. You'll spend each night in a luxury hotel in the capital.
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You'll begin your luxury Brunei getaway in the capital of Bandar Seri Begawan. This is a smart, compact city with international shopping and dining. Here you will settle into your hotel – we recommend the five-star Empire Hotel and Country Club, a palatial resort that offers golf, watersports and a world-class spa.
Today you'll head to Kampong Ayer Water Village, an overwater settlement of some 39,000 people, with more than 1,300 years of history. Walk the wooden boardwalks between stilt houses or zip around its districts in a water taxi. Next, take a River Safari to spot the curious proboscis monkey with its mottled fur and potbelly. The mangroves of Brunei are home to many species of wildlife, including crocodiles, migratory bird and butterflies. Return to your luxury Brunei hotel for the evening.
Head just out of the city to marvel at the Istana Nurul Iman – the sultan's palace. Regarded as the largest palace in the world, this immense modernist complex is closed to the public and best-viewed from vantage points not far from Bandar Seri Begawan. For a close-up look at royal treasures, you'll visit the Royal Regalia Museum, which houses outfits, artifacts and gifts belonging to the royal family, then enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure, shopping in Bandar Seri Begawan city center or enjoying the luxury facilities at your hotel.
The beautiful Ulu Temburong National Park provides the opportunity for you to explore Borneo wilderness. You can walk through the canopy on suspension bridges and wooden walkways and see a Native Longhouse, a traditional timber dwelling of the ethnic Iban and Dayak people. Today, you'll also visit the protected Selirong Forest, comprising pristine mangroves and inhabited by the tiny gliding mammal, the colugo. Return to your Bandar Seri Begawan hotel in the evening.
After a gourmet breakfast at your hotel, you'll be met by a driver and transferred to the airport for your departing international flight.
Opened in October 2000, the Empire Hotel is a stunning property that reflects the country’s majestic cultural heritage and takes advantage of its beautiful surrounding environment. Voted the Best Golf Resort in Asia Pacific by Asian Golf Monthly in 2011, the Empire Hotel offers much more than an 18-hole golf course with breathtaking seaside views. All 508 guest rooms have a balcony, free wi-fi and satellite TV. In addition, 5-star amenities, including the aforementioned golf course, 8 outdoor pools, a private sand beachfront, a bowling alley and outdoor tennis courts, are available to all guests to use at leisure. Dining options include Atrium Cafe, which offers themed buffets daily, Li Gong’s Cantonese fare and Pantai, which offers al fresco seafood. The Empire Hotel and Country Club is located 15 minutes from the Brunei Airport. It should be noted that Brunei is a dry country; therefore, the restaurants do not serve alcohol.