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Brunei, a kingdom of unexpected treasures

Brunei Darussalam located on Borneo, one of the world’s bio diverse islands with a jungle that is 70 million years older than that of the Amazon Rainforest. Brunei offers beguiling mix of Southeast Asian and Islamic culture that has a lot more to offer than a couple of days respite on route to Australia.
The capital of Brunei is Bandar Seri Begawan, a city that is vibrant yet peaceful, a fusion of majestic opulence and traditional respect, a city that is both modern and timeless. The cities centre piece is the breathtaking Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, a stunning tribute to the nations’ deep-rooted faith whilst the Bruneian Kampong Ayer Water Village offers a glimpse of Brunei’s quaint Asian charm.  First settled over 400 years ago above the Brunei River, the village with its stilted houses and rickety walkways can be easily reached by speedboat that makes for an entertaining and highly interesting excursion.
Bandar is one of the safest cities in the world and when heading out at night the Gadong Night Market should be high on your list, where you will be able to sample such local culinary delights as char grilled fish wrapped in banana leaves or rice rolls with deep fried prawns whilst the really adventurous can try the Ostrich balls.
Nature lovers will definitely be spoiled in Brunei. Pristine rainforests, unspoiled coral reefs, mangrove-covered islands, white sand beaches and accessible nature reserves offer visitors a dazzling array of ecotourism options. In Brunei, visitors can have the unique opportunity to walk in the rainforest canopy which houses an abundance of birds, plants, micro fauna and mammals, such as the rare Bornean proboscis monkey, making up one of the world’s richest and most diverse ecosystems. They can also stroll around the hauntingly beautiful lakeside walkways of Tasek Merimbun or relax on the turquoise shores of Muara beach without the crowds of other Asian destinations.
For those that like a more active holiday there is an abundance of opportunities from mountain biking, white-water rafting, rock climbing, sport fishing, wreck and reef diving in the South China Sea, to jungle hiking on well-maintained trails, the ecotourism and adventure options in Brunei are endless.
Enjoy the thrill of riding a local longboat up the rapids to the nation’s various national parks scattered throughout the nation’s four districts. Learn to raft — whether white-water or on a tranquil jungle river, rafting in Brunei can be a fun experience for all ages, beginners and experienced enthusiasts alike.
Diving is another up and coming activity and Brunei offers all levels of participation, from shallow coral reefs for beginners to an incredible array of well preserved wrecks for the more experienced diver. Because diving is still in its infancy in Brunei, one of the advantages is that you will at times find that you pretty much have the dive sites to yourself. The best time to travel for visibility is March through to November when you can expect to spot sharks, rays, tropical fish as well as hard and soft corals.
Brunei’s geographical position also makes it perfect for a multi-centre holiday with such options as a city stay in Singapore or Kuala Lumpur, visit the orangutans at Sabah, take in the tribal culture of Sarawak or simply relax and enjoy the beaches of Penang and Langkawi.
Brunei is an up and coming destination that really does offer something for pretty much everyone, from culture and history through to nature and adventure. To find out more about the holiday options available call in and speak with Jeff, Sue and Elaine at Amity World Leisure Travel, today.