Remember last time you took an island getaway and went balls to the wall—and had a fabulous time you can’t remember? Well, the snapshots are epic, but this time you’re looking for warm seaside vibes without the neon party scene. On a holiday to Brunei, a small coastal nation located on Borneo Island, you’ll find just that—and you can laze on the beach, tour gilded mosques and eat your fill of spicy fried chicken too! Things to Do in Brunei
Because Brunei is split in two by Limbang, Malaysia, Brunei holidays are as varied as the terrain. You’ll find the most popular attractions and activities in the eastern waterfront capital Bandar Seri Begawan. But to escape to the quieter forested regions, book one of our Brunei car hire options and head for the trees—for a gorgeous hike at Ulu Temburong National Park, to be specific. Back in Bandar Seri Begawan, you can visit the historic worship places of four faiths—five if you count shopping as a “religious experience”—including the regal Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque and colourful Teng Yun Temple. If you can’t end your Brunei holiday without feeling like you’re BFF with the sultan, visit the Royal Regalia Museum, where you can even relive his coronation parade—how snazzy. OK, OK—you’re probs thinking, “Forget the sultan. Where’s the beach?” Grab a towel and head to the Muara District, east of Bandar Seri Begawan, for your pick of seashores, snorkelling and food truck snacks—just steer clear of the sand wiches…We’ll show ourselves out. Shopping, Dining & Nightlife
The shopping scene in Brunei is the perfect excuse to save heaps on Brunei packages with lastminute.com.au, because grabbing up the goods at markets and malls is practically a national pastime. Hit up one of the many modern shopping centres or gorge on all the colours, crafts and goodies at Kg Kianggeh Open Air Market.
If you like your food fried and fiery, gobble up ayam penyet—an Indonesian spin on tenderised fried chicken marinated into spicy submission—served at most local restaurants. Ketupat dumplings, wrapped in woven palm leaf parcels, are almost too pretty to eat. To sample a Bruneian specialty, slurp up some ambuyat, which is a sticky, gooey side served with more flavourful dishes.
Remember what we said about shopping? Well, in Brunei, shopping is the nightlife, as the culture is more reserved. Go to Gadong to graze your way through the vendor stalls at Gadong Night Market, or head to the Bandar Seri Begawan for a quiet dinner on the waterfront. What’s Next?
Grab your passport and book one of our sweet Brunei holiday packages. At lastminute.com.au, saving big on accommodation and airfares is easy breezy—just like Serasa Beach in Muara. If you wanna extend your holiday to neighbouring Malaysia or turn a nearby layover into a love-over, book a Kuala Lumpur holiday , too. The more the merrier, mate!
Reviewed on 30 Jul. 2016
^Savings based on all package bookings made with Flight + Hotel on lastminute.com.au from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019, as compared to the price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages.