Bandar Seri Begawan acted as the capital of Brunei and located 12 kilometres upriver from Brunei Bay. The city is translated into the official Malay name which is 'Seri Begawan City', with Seri Begawan being derived from Sanskrit meaning 'the aura of the gods'. It was named after Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien III, who was the previous Sultan of Brunei and the late father of the current Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah after earning the title of 'Seri Begawan'. Before it is known as Bandar Seri Begawan, the city had been known as 'Bandar Brunei' or 'Brunei Town'.
The city has approximately over 100,000 inhabitants and the main religion here is Islam. The primary industry in Brunei is mainly oil production and the oil is exported and imported to other countries. The money is used to develop the city and country and build more attractions for local and international tourists.
The best time to fly to Bandar Seri Begawan is between January and May. However, the peak season is between June to September when the weather is not too hot and humid. The prices of flights and hotel during this time is high and visitors are recommended to book early. February and March are the driest months of the entire year and less rainfall occur during these months.
Brunei International Airport – Brunei International airport is an airport serving Bandar Seri Begawan and the nation of Brunei. It also acts as a hub for the national airline, Royal Brunei Airlines. The Royal Brunei Air Force is also based at the Rimba Air Base, which is located within the airport's area. Previously, it was constructed in Mukim Berakasin the Brunei-Muara District because this location was strategic and easily accessible from all areas of the country. After that, it started its operation in 1974 and since then, it serves destinations across Asia and Oceania as well as flights to London Heathrow. Due to growing numbers of passengers, it was announced that a study to review necessary expansions and modifications was completed in 2008. The runway is upgraded to allow bigger aircraft such as Airbus A380 and Boeing 747 to land easily.
Bandar Seri Begawan’s climate is under the hot sun for most of the time and classified as tropical. Usually, it will be warm and sunny throughout the years with little rain. The rainfall in Bandar Seri Begawan is significant, with precipitation even during the driest month and the average temperature in Bandar Seri Begawan is 27.6 °C.