The capital city's highlights, a river tour by boat and unique wildlife all in a day!
On my personal tour, you will get a slice of our local life as we explore Bandar Seri Begawan (the capital of Brunei) and see some of it's majestic structures. Highlights include the world famous S. O. A. S. Mosque, the Royal Regalia Museum, His Majesty's Palace (viewable from the outside only except during the festival of Hari Raya), plus a river tour including local wildlife and the largest water village in South East Asia.
This day long tour also extends past the city into the Brunei river, with boat rides and an opportunity to see Borneo's unique proboscis monkeys. Other wildlife we may see include freshwater crocodiles, monitor lizards and possibly the majestic hornbills and other magnificent birds.
It's your private tour, so we can pause to view whatever you want, when you want! My proposed itinerary is below for guidance, but if you fancy doing or seeing something else, why not drop me a line and let me know how I can help you make the most of our day together.
1. Jame Asre Mosque (His Majesty's Mosque)*
2. Istana Nurul Iman (His Majesty's Palace)**
3. Royal Regalia Museum (priceless exhibits from His Majesty's family dynasty)
4. The Empire Hotel and Country Club (the renowned spectacular hotel)
5. Water Village Visit to Kapong Ayer (the largest in S. E. Asia)
6. River Tour to the Mangroves and Proboscis Monkeys (unique to Borneo)
7. Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque (The Late Sultan's mosque - world renowned for its beauty)*
*Please note that on Thursdays and Fridays, both mosques are closed to non-Muslim visitors.
** His Majesty's Palace is only viewable from the outside entrance, admission to the Palace is only available during the festivities of Hari Raya for 3 days per year.
There are other museums and places of interest, so if there's something else you would like to do or see, just let me know and I can of course amend the itinerary to suit. It's your private tour after all : )
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Just let me know where to pick you up! Any hotels/locations within the Bandar Seri Begawan area are included within the price.
For pick-up points further afield, the additional charges will be:
The Empire Hotel / Jerudong area +10 USD
Cruiseship Terminal / Muara Port +20 USD
Tutong Town +40 USD
Seria Town +65 USD
Kuala Belait Town +75USD
End location: Simply let me know where you would like to be dropped off!
Ending your tour at any location within Bandar Seri Begawan is included in the price.
For places further away, charges are the same as per pick-up.
Duration: 7 hours
My services as your personal tour guide and transportation in a private vehicle to and from your hotel / cruise ship terminal and around the city, plus the boat and licensed boat driver.
Light refreshments and local snacks are also included.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
25 BND - All tour related expenses including admissions and transportation are included in the cost of the tour.
This suggested additional money is only required if you want to purchase souvenirs, extra snacks, give tips to other locals etc.
Lunch (USD from 5 - 40+) per person, Brunei offers a wide selection of restaurants, catering from simple eateries with local deliciously cheap dishes, up to 5* cuisine - just let me know, whatever takes your fancy!
UPGRADE to a CLASSIC CAR - I can take you around the city in a show-winning 1960's VW Beetle if you prefer (+USD 50 per person, Max 2 people tour for comfort, as non-A/C).
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Irene is amazing! Loved the whole day she planned for me, especially the visit to a water village home. What a treat! And her tour wasn't just X place, Y building--she knew a ton about Brunei's history, culture and people, making the day so interesting. She answered my endless questions thoughtfully. Plus she knew the best spots for pictures. :) She is super knowledgeable, professional & friendly. It was like having a friend show me around her hometown. I feel so lucky to have found Irene! Thanks!!!