This mostly walking tour of Brunei's vibrant capital offers an excellent overview of the country, as Bandar Seri Bagawan is a fusion of opulence and traditional culture.
Boarding your coach at the pier, you will transfer to downtown Bandar Seri Bagawan, the hub of Brunei's commerce, finance and government, along the way, stopping for photos at the Jame Mosque, the country's largest mosque.
Arriving in town, you will leave your coach behind and begin your walking tour at the beautiful Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, whose golden dome and minarets dominate the skyline of the central city. Named for the sultan who reigned after World War II, the mosque sits on a manmade lagoon with a brightly painted replica of a 16th-century royal barge. From here, you will then walk to the Royal Regalia where you will browse the exhibits of luxurious items from the sultan's lavish coronation and other celebrations. During your visit, some of the things you might see are His Majesty's royal chariot, ceremonial swords, a model of the palace, and gifts from foreign dignitaries.
Continuing down the city streets, you will pass the Royal Ceremonial Hall, see a rather unusual Chinese temple, and wander about a local market that features goods ranging from fresh fruit to antiques. You may also notice the distant Water Village, a thousands of structures built on stilts in the Brunei River.
A shopping opportunity awaits you at your final stop, the Yayasan Complex, a modern shopping plaza with numerous designer boutiques. After free time for shopping here, you will rejoin your coach and make your way back to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 3-hours of moderate walking. Some of the walking is over uneven surfaces and there are some steps to negotiate. This tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Guests should be in reasonable physical condition as portions of the tour require walking outside in strong sunlight and warm temperatures. Long cotton pants; cotton shirt; a hat; sunglasses; sun screen and flat, comfortable walking shoes that are easy to slip in and out of are recommended. Low cut tops, shorts and short skirts or dresses are not considered appropriate. Shoes must be removed at the Royal Regalia. Photography is not allowed in the Royal Regalia or mosques and all cameras and handbags must be left at the entrance to Royal Regalia.