The primary airport of a small country in Southeast Asia, Brunei International Airport serves about a million or so passengers every year. It serves as the main entry point for tourists going in and out of Brunei Darussalam, which is located on the north coast of Borneo. Flights across Asia and Oceania are provided here, which allow tourists to venture to different parts in Eastern Asia and the Pacific.
Opened in 1974, Brunei International Airport is now underway for further development, as more tourists are coming in every year. Plans for renovation of facilities are drafted to improve the operations and expand the terminal to accommodate a projected crowd of eight million passengers. This can make it easier to venture to Bandar Seri Begawan and other parts of the country, which has a number of interesting landmarks.
Where to go
Due to the lack of domestic flights, tourists can venture instead to the major destinations of Brunei. There is the Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, which was built from 1954 to 1958, and was named after the 28th sultan. The place is wonderful to see, as the magnificent white mosque is surrounded by an artificial lagoon that serves as a reflective pool. There is also the Istana Nurul Iman, one of the largest palaces in the world. It has 1,788 rooms, with 257 serving as bathrooms. Those who want to see the simple Brunei life can venture to Kampung Ayer, which consists of 28 stilt villages built along both banks of Sungai Brunei.
When visiting the countryside, there is Ulu Temburong National Park to check out. It has a considerable chunk of a pristine rainforest, but only one square kilometre of the park is accessible to tourists. One can look for guided tour packages to get here and go on short walks or swimming in the mountain springs of Sungai Temburong. Wildlife is not available here, but there at least 400 types of butterflies to see in this part of Brunei. Some animals and birds might also be spotted, however, during sunrise and sunset.
When it comes to checking out destinations near Brunei, Denpasar is one of the places to be. It is only more than two hours away and features a round of cultural activities, as well as exciting beaches to explore. One can venture to Pura Luhur Ulu Watu, an important temple perched on top of sheer cliffs in the southwestern tip of the peninsula. There are statues of Ganesha to check out here, as well as walls of coral bricks covered with ornate carvings. The Taman Kertha Gosa is also lovely to check out, which was established in the 18th century. The palace was laid out as a large square with courtyards, gardens, pavilions, and moats. There’s also the Museum Negeri Propinsi Bali, where one can look at several artefacts and displays on Balinese culture.
Dubai, within reach by almost nine hours from Bandar Seri Begawan, is a heady combination of tradition and ambitious modernity. From the desolate desert countryside rose a multicultural city well known for commerce and cosmopolitan entertainment. Pockets of tradition still remain in Dubai, though, which makes it intriguing to visit. There is the Al Fahidi Historic District, with its narrow lanes flanked by sand-coloured houses topped by wind towers. There are about 50 buildings containing crafts shops, cultural exhibits, courtyard cafes, art galleries, and other establishments. The Bur Dubai Souq is another place to check out, as you can find here various shops offering pashminas, T-shirts, knockoffs, and other merchandise.
How to get out
There are a number of airlines venturing from Brunei International Airport. They include AirAsia, Cebu Pacific, Malaysia Airlines, Royal Brunei Airlines, and Singapore Airlines, allowing tourists to connect to a number of destinations.
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