Bandar Seri Begawan or previously known as Brunei Town is the capital of Brunei. The city's name was changed in 1967 when Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien 3 took the title and became the defence minister. The city was named after him to honour him. Brunei is located in the Borneo Island neighbouring to Malaysia and also Indonesia. The history of Brunei can be traced back to the 6th and 7th century when it as the Malay trading centre was where the city is now. It is then developed into settlements around the city. After some time, it was developed into the central city of the country. The city has an area of 100.36 square kilometres and is the most populated city in the country.
Brunei International Airport is the only airport in the whole nation of Brunei. The airport is only 10 minutes from the city centre. Since there is only one airport in Brunei, therefore, the routes available here are only international routes. It serves the way to Asia, Oceania and also London. Some of the airlines that operate here are AirAsia, Cebu Pacific, Malaysia Airlines and several more. Besides being a commercial airport, it is also the home base of Royal Brunei Airlines. Now the airport has been equipped with facilities such as restaurants, sitting lounge and also a royal terminal where the Sultan's flights are based.
It is not difficult to get cheap flights to Bandar Seri Begawan. The best way to go about it is to use the search engine, Traveloka. Travellers may use this site by keying in the information in the search box, and it will later generate the best trip based on the traveller’s budget. The site also will compare the prices from several known airlines to ensure traveller will get the best deal possible. Moreover, the traveller can use the price alert feature to get notifications for flights that are within the budget to Bandar Seri Begawan.
The best time to visit Bandar Seri Begawan would be between January to May. It is the high and dry season. It can be quite hot with a temperature of 23 - 31° C on average. It is also not very humid during these months. Although it is the high peak season, there are not many tourists during this time as they avoid the heat. However, this will be in the tourists' favour when they visit the city and explore.
The month of September to December would be the low season. It is also the wet season as the rainfall will be more constant. Due to this, sight-seeing may not be easy as visitors will need to prepare raincoats or umbrellas. The average temperature during this season is 23- 30° C.
1. Floating Village -The fishing village in Bandar Seri Begawan is called Kampong Ayer. The whole village lives on stilt houses and makes a community out of it. There are up to 13000 residents who live in the village. There are wooden bridges to connect the houses, shops, schools and mosques. There are also water taxis to take them somewhere further or to the mainland.
2. Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque - This mosque is the largest mosque in the central Bandar Seri Begawan. The mosque stands majestically in the middle of the city surrounded by the human-made lagoon to give a reflection to the white walls of the mosque. There is also a royal barge located inside the pool. The mosque also got his name from the previous Sultan.
3. Royal Regalia Museum - Royal Regalia Museum is a museum dedicated to explain and preserve the life and times of the Sultan. It is a free museum. Here it displays the Sultan's gold relics, jewels, gifts from other countries and also his clothing. The museum also displays the history, background and family tree of the Sultan.