This four-day journey showcases one of the most intriguing Southeast Asian destinations – the Sultanate of Brunei. With a population of just under half a million, this tiny nation boasts enormous wealth in both oil reserves and pristine forests. Over the course of your trip, you'll be introduced to the colorful capital of Bandar Seri Begawan and its opulent mosque and palace, explore the forests and waterways of Temburong National Park, spot diverse wildlife on a river safari, and see a unique community that lives overwater.This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.
Touchdown in Brunei's capital city of Bandar Seri Begawan. You will be met at the airport and transferred via private car to your hotel. After freshening up, step out to see the city. 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.
This morning 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.
Go on a full day adventure at the beautiful Ulu Temburong National Park. Tucked deep into a forest reserve, a combination of speedboat, 4x4, and traditional longboat along the River Temburong is required to reach the national park. The long journey is worth it: the protected park is 50,000 hectares of pristine rainforest and an ecological jewel. Walk through the canopy on suspension bridges and wooden walkways, spot the diverse wildlife, and visit the ethnic Iban and Dayak people. This indigenous group live in Native Longhouses, a unique timber dwelling. If you wish, take on the rapids with some downstream rafting before returning to the city.
After breakfast, spend your day at leisure until your private transfer to the airport for your flight onward.
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.
Located in the capital city of Bandar Seri Begawan, the Radisson Brunei is situated just a few minutes away from the Royal Regalia Museum and the Brunei History Center. The hotel has 142 rooms and suites, and each room is equipped with a flat screen TV, a minibar, a coffee and tea maker and complimentary WiFi. Hotel facilities include a fitness center, an outdoor pool and a spa. The onsite Catik Spa offers a variety of treatments including facials, massages, body wraps and exfoliation. Dining options include 2 restaurants, as well as a poolside bar that serves light fare. Enjoy international and Italian cuisine at Tasek Brasserie, which is open all day. Deals Restaurant overlooks the pool and serves dinner only. The Radisson Brunei is located approximately 15 minutes away from Brunei International Airport.
Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
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