Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Brunei Truly Islamic Tourism

This little slice of paradise is packed with a variety of easy to reach attractions, such as the tiny capital of Bandar Seri Begawan, probably South East Asia’s loveliest capital, a green, airy and well maintained peaceful garden city free of the crowds, traffic jams, pollution, noise and trepidation found in the region’s other capitals.


Overlooking Kampong Ayer is one of the region’s architectural wonders, the majestic Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien mosque, built in 1958 by Brunei’s previous ruler, a sight to behold, especially at dusk when the fading sunlight plays with the soft toned illuminations of the dome and minarets and the call to prayer reverberates across the water village and downtown area. The hauntingly beautiful Merinbun lake, a remote jungle surrounded black water lake that is a heaven of tranquillity and is recognized as an ASEAN national heritage site, or the traditional native longhouses near Labi, as well as the oil producing areas of Kuala Belait and Seria, and the many forest and nature reserves doted throughout the country.

Bandar Seri Begawan, often simply referred to as Bandar or BSB, boasts about the world’s largest water village, Kampong Ayer, where some 30 thousand people still live in wooden houses on stilts, linked by water taxis to the mainland and combining an age -old traditional lifestyle with the amenities provided by the modern age and wealth of the country.

Courtesy of Tourismbrunei

Brunei is an Alcohol free and smoking free country by LAW, halal foods are serve in all cafe's and restaurants.

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