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In Photos – A Day Trip To Brunei

Written by Jaillan Yehia

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Day trip to Brunei

Souvenir stand in a Brunei Shopping Mall

I’d always wanted to visit The Sultanate of Brunei but somehow it had never happened – until circumstances brought me to the Brunei capital Bendar Seri Begawan on a great value Royal Brunei Airlines flight from Bangkok to London ‘via’ Brunei.

Of course it’s hardly on the way, in fact it’s just over two hours in the wrong direction, but I wasn’t going to argue with a free day trip to Brunei and a unique chance to explore this fascinating nation.

The flight change includes a full day and evening on the ground  – which is enough to get a good sense of the country’s pocket-sized city, and that included some amazing photo opportunities…

Day trip to Brunei

Shoes outside the Jame’Asr Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque

Day trip to Brunei

The Sultan’s own private entrance to the Jame’Asr Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque, the largest Mosque in Brunei

Day trip to Brunei

Colourful wooden houses at Kampong Ayer water village

Day trip to Brunei

The shoe rack that accommodates up to 5,000 pairs of shoes for Friday prayers

Day trip to Brunei

View of a mosque rising behind Kampong Ayer water village

Day trip to Brunei

Food stall at Brunei’s night market

Day trip to Brunei

Standing guard at the Royal Palace gates

Day trip to Brunei

Downtown Brunei at sundown

Day trip to Brunei

Life at Kampong Ayer, Brunei’s famous water village

Day trip to Brunei

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque by day

Day trip to Brunei

A Brunei worker comes up with an ingenious use for a cardboard box

Day trip to Brunei

Entrance to the Royal Palace, we can’t see any of its 1700 rooms, alas

Day trip to Brunei

Jame’Asr Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque at night

Day trip to Brunei

Fellow tourists enjoying the evening portion of their day trip to Brunei

Day trip to Brunei

Toyota advert at Kampong Ayer water village

Jame'Asr Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque

A classic Brunei image of the Jame’Asr Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque

Day trip to Brunei

Umbrellas used to shade the Sultan during his Jubilee ceremony, displayed at the Brunei Museum

 

Day trip to Brunei

A fishermen works on his nets at the water village

Day trip to Brunei

The Brunei flag is proudly displayed everywhere

Day trip to Brunei

Water taxis at Kampong Ayer

Day trip to Brunei

Fishing at Kampong Ayer

Day trip to Brunei

The Sultan Omar Ali Saiffudien mosque looks even more amazing at night

Day trip to Brunei

Ceremonial Royal spears and shields

The transit tours are provided by Sunshine Tours Borneo, and SavoirThere just rocked up at the desk on arrival like any other customer and arranged and paid for her day tour on the spot –  and they couldn’t have been nicer to deal with. When they saw how many notes she was taking and what a genuinely nosey journo type she was they kindly invited her on the evening tour as their guest.


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  • I can see from your photos why this flight change was an amazing opportunity! They’re really insightful – I especially like the pics of life in the water village and I’m intrigued by the glimpse into the life of the Sultan! 1700 rooms in the palace? What!? Amazing.

    • Jai

      Yeah it was a brilliant opportunity to see Brunei and I would recommend it to anyone, I also rated the airline quite highly. The tour is heavily focussed on Sultan-related stuff – look out for my next piece on the interesting facts we learned about the Sultan and the country itself – absolutely mind-bending stuff!

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