Brunei is one of the wealthiest nations in the world, and it’s just as rich when it comes to biological diversity and natural beauty. Some of the world’s lushest rainforests are here, and this tour allows you to explore a selection of them, with mountain hikes, forest walks and river cruises all part of the package. Touring through Brunei’s wilderness, you’ll have the chance to spot some of its cute and colorful wildlife before returning each night to your luxury hotel in the capital.
|A full-day excursion in the forests of Ulu Temburong National Park A cruise along the Brunei River, where you can spot proboscis monkeys A mountain hike in Bukit Patoi Park with spectacular regional views A visit to the overwater village of Kampong Ayer, a key figure in the history of Brunei||
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You begin your luxury Brunei itinerary in Bandar Seri Begawan, the nation’s vibrant capital. Our recommended hotel is the Empire Hotel and Country Club, offering five-star accommodation in a palatial setting, with golf, tennis, badminton and bowling, plus an onsite spa. Settle into your hotel, cool off in the freeform pool or enjoy a splash in the sparkling South China Sea.
Today you’ll set off on a cruise along the Brunei River, drifting through pristine mangroves and spotting the endangered proboscis monkey. Herons, kingfishers, egrets and countless more bird species inhabit the surrounding jungle, giving you a taste of Borneo’s ecological wealth. You’ll make your way to Kampong Ayer water village, a sprawling overwater city connected by wooden walkways. Wander the boardwalks that connect the city, or jump in a water taxi to explore this fascinating village with its stilt houses, mosques, schools and shops. Spend the night at Empire Hotel and Country Club.
Head to Luagan Lalak Recreational Park today for a spot of bird watching. The forests and marshland of the park are abundantly inhabited by birdlife, including the white-bellied sea eagle. After enjoying the serenity of this protected area, you’ll visit Sungai Liang Forest Reserve and hike through verdant forest, learning about local flora and fauna from your guide. Return to your luxury Brunei resort in the evening.
Today you’ll enjoy a full-day excursion of Ulu Temburong National Park, enjoying a leisurely boat transfer to this vast green area. Walk above the tree canopy on raised wooden pathways and suspension bridges - some at dizzying heights - and spot local wildlife amid the foliage: white raja butterflies and rhinoceros hornbills are among the residents here. Return to Bandar Seri Begawan for the night and relax in your luxury room at the Empire Hotel and Country Club.
Immerse yourself in nature once more at Bukit Patoi Park in Temburong. Bukit Patoi is a forested mist-clad mountain with several hiking trails that lead to the summit, where you can enjoy spectacular views of the lowlands. Along the way, you might discover hidden caves or strange rock formations, or spot one of Borneo’s native deer. In the evening, head back to your hotel in Bandar Seri Begawan for your final night in Brunei.
After a delicious gourmet breakfast at the hotel, you’ll be chauffeur-driven to Brunei International Airport for your departure 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.