Bandar Seri Begawan Travel Blog› entry 9 of 14 › view all entries
With an early
flight in, and an evening flight out, we spent today in
the bus from the airport, we walked along the Sungi Brunei to the Sultan Omar
Ali Saituddien Mosque, built in 1958 at a cost of $300 million. It is quite a
large mosque, white with gold roofs, surrounded by a moat. The moat has a replica
of a 16th century mahligai (royal barge) in it. I got to go inside
the mosque and have a look, but Jodie couldnâ€™t since she was wearing shorts.
In all of
After the mosque
we walked to the Kampung Ager, or water village. The water villages are still
quite large in
We also had a
walk through the centre of BSB, where we saw the Brunei History Centre, the
Lapau (Ceremonial Hall) and Dewan Majlis (Parliament House). We had lunch at
the YSHHBFC (Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolleiah Foundation Complex), which
is the main shopping mall, and is as snazzy as anything in
Next on our list
as the Jame Asr Hassanil Bolleiah Mosque, the largest in
After our hot walk we stopped in for a few drinks and pizza near the mosque, and after a long wait managed to catch a taxi back to the river. There we hired a boatman to take us to see the sights on the river. He pulled out from the docks, and immediately lit up a cigarette (a big no-no during Ramadan, and enough to get him in jail with a $250 fine) and told us about how he was having it hard since his wife had a hysterectomy after a difficult childbirth of their fifth child (he was trying to get extra money for the tour and was quite obvious about it).
He showed us the Istana Nurul Iman (the Sultanâ€™s palace, or at least on eof them), the largest residential palace in the world, and the water village and tried to show us monkeys upriver, but there were none. With our flight at 7pm, we didnâ€™t get a chance to visit Jerudong Park Playground, the largest theme park in the world built free as a gift from the Sultan to the country for his 48th birthday.
Back at Rasa Ria we went to the Nocturnal Watch for an hour, and saw a tortoise come out, but no other animals.