Brunei Darussalam, also known as the ‘Heart of Borneo’, is a popular destination for green tourism, particularly in the Temburong District. However, the Sutera Team has gone to all the four districts in search of other activities that can be done in the country besides what is being offered in tour packages.
- Explore Bandar Seri Begawan and Kampong Ayer by foot
Bandar Seri Begawan is a hot spot for tourists, who can always be found navigating their way around the capital with a camera in hand. With various historical sights, some commercial buildings have even retained its original architecture decades later, and it is best to explore the area by foot.
The history of Kampong Ayer can be learnt by a visit to the Kampong Ayer Cultural and Tourism Gallery. From there, make your way towards the residential areas and observe the lifestyle of the people there. The locals are friendly and accommodating, and be prepared to be surprised by their interesting stories.
- Stretch your legs at hidden parks
Besides the frequented parks such as Taman Mahkota Jubli Emas, Brunei also has lesser known recreational parks that are paved for easy access for those who wish to take a stroll or go for a run. Among those are Taman Riadah Tasek Sarubing and Taman Rekreasi Damuan.
- Take a dip at a waterfall
Nature enthusiasts know the value of a hidden waterfall. One of the most prominent waterfall is Wasai Teraja, located near the end of the road leading towards Labi in Belait District. Other waterfalls worth mentioning and discovering yourselves are Wasai Bedanu and Wasai Kandal.
- Try a different hiking route
If you have exhausted the popular hiking trails at Bukit Shahbandar and Tasek Lama, there may be a longer alternative route, if you are up for the challenge. Kampong Belimbing is known to be a hiking village due to the terrain of the area. The Sarang Helang trail is no stranger to those who frequent Tasek Lama, but there is a scenic trail that gives you a bird’s eye view of the capital, passing through Bukit Markuching, Bukit Laur, ending the hike at Tasek Sarubing.
- Visit your local market
Most of the districts would have their own markets, held every Friday and Sunday morning. The market is a great place to find unique locally made crafts and home grown crops. Fruits and vegetables are sold fresh and you are able to interact with the sellers, and ask for their recommendations on the best way to prepare the food.
Brunei may not have huge shopping malls or a glistening nightlife like its neighbouring countries, but there is so much more that the country has to offer. The Sutera Team looks forward to discover more exciting places and experiences.