Bandar Seri Begawan is the capital city of Brunei Darussalam. It used to be called Brunei town until 1975 when the sultan of Brunei at that time changed its name to Bandar Seri Begawan after the name of the 28th sultan of Brunei.
Bandar Seri Begawan is located about 30 minutes away from the airport. It is the CBD of the country as most of the offices both government and non government set up their establishments here. It is also here where you can find the famous Kampong Ayer or the water village which was once dubbed as Venice of The East by a famous Italian writer Antonio Pigafetta in 1521.
Among the interesting places to visit in Bandar Seri Begawan are Kampong Ayer, Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, the Silver Jubilee monument, the blue clock tower (this is where we start our measuring tape to check distance to everywhere), the Language and Literature Bureau mural, the Royal Regalia building, the Lapau (Royal Ceremonial Palace), the Tasek Lama Recreational Park, the Handicraft Centre, the open air Kianggeh market, the Kianggeh Night Foodstall and many more. The best thing about touring the capital is that everything is just a walking distance.
There are a few hotels here such as The Sheraton Utama, Terrace Hotel, Jubilee Hotel, Brunei Hotel and a cheap hostel located at Pusat Belia building.
It is also here where you can get a tourist boat to tour around Kampong Ayer, watch the proboscis monkey, visit the Jong Batu and a few other interesting places.
Jerudong is located in the suburb about 15 to 20 minutes drive from the airport. Perhaps this area could be considered the Beverly Hill of Brunei as this is where most of the posh people live…