Images of Brunei, Part I: A Few Languid Days in BSB and Elsewhere

Although I plan on posting some prose as soon as I can find the time to get fingertips to keyboard, I thought I could send out some photos of Brunei first. Here is a batch which focuses mostly on Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital city of Brunei. Nine days were spent in country, and, all-in-all, we had a grand time… even if we experienced two wailing kiddies in the back seat of our rental car a handful of times on this trip, our first as a family of four.

Before the trip, while doing web research on traveling in Brunei, watching videos on YouTube, perusing the official government tourism site, scanning Google Images, etc., I realized there was surely a dearth of photos on Bandar, also known as BSB; thus, I decided to capture as much of the downtown area as I could even though such buildings aren’t necessarily breathtaking. My focus was simply to add to the insight of what Bandar, a sleepy and ever-so-mellow small town, looks like. Included here are a few shots of Maura Beach, Jerudong Park Playground, and The Empire Hotel, all places worthy of an afternoon visit.

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Bandar

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Bandar

Bandar's Main Mosque

Bandar’s Main Mosque as the Sun Was Setting

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Bandar

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Bandar

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Bandar

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Bandar

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Bandar

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Bandar

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Bandar

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Bandar

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Bandar

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Bandar

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Bandar

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Bandar

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Bandar

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Bandar

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Bandar

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Bandar

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Bandar

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Bandar

Tamu Kiangghe (Market), downtown Bandar

Tamu Kiangghe (Market), downtown Bandar

Tamu Kianggeh

Tamu Kianggeh

From Tamu Kianggeh

From Tamu Kianggeh

The Brunei Hotel

The Brunei Hotel

The Brunei Hotel's Choices Cafe

The Brunei Hotel’s Choices Cafe

The Brunei Hotel, Bandar

The Brunei Hotel, Bandar

Yayasan Shopping Complex and nearby Mosque, Bandar

Yayasan Shopping Complex and nearby Mosque, Bandar

Yayasan Shopping Complex, Bandar

Yayasan Shopping Complex, Bandar

Yayasan Complex, Bandar

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Jerudong Park at Night, Brunei

Jerudong Park at Night, Brunei

Jerudong Park at Night, Brunei

Jerudong Park at Night, Brunei

Jerudong Park Eateries, Brunei

Jerudong Park Eateries, Brunei

The Empire Hotel, Brunei

The Empire Hotel, Brunei

The Empire Hotel, Brunei

The Empire Hotel, Brunei

Atrium of the Empire Hotel, Brunei

Atrium of the Empire Hotel, Brunei

Jame'asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque, Brunei

Jame’asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque, Brunei

Jame’asr Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque in Gadong, Bandar Seri Begawan

Jame’asr Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque in Gadong, Bandar Seri Begawan

Details of Jame'asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque, Brunei

Details of Jame’asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque, Brunei

Exterior Detail of Jame'asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque, Brunei

Exterior Detail of Jame’asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque, Brunei

Jame'asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque, Brunei

Jame’asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque, Brunei

Local Kids at Play, Maura Beach Plauground

Local Kids at Play, Maura Beach Plauground

Bandar Seri Begawan Downtown Structures, Brunei

Bandar Seri Begawan Downtown Structures, Brunei

Bandar Seri Begawan Downtown Structures, Brunei

Bandar Seri Begawan Downtown Structures, Brunei

Bandar Seri Begawan Downtown Structures, Brunei

Bandar Seri Begawan Downtown Structures, Brunei

Bandar Seri Begawan Downtown Structures, Brunei

Bandar Seri Begawan Downtown Structures, Brunei

Bandar Seri Begawan Downtown Structures, Brunei

Bandar Seri Begawan Downtown Structures, Brunei

Most Happening Place at Night in Downtown Bandar: CBTL

Most Happening Place at Night in Downtown Bandar: CBTL

Bandar Seri Begawan Downtown Structures, Brunei

Bandar Seri Begawan Downtown Structures, Brunei

Bandar Seri Begawan Downtown Structures, Brunei

Bandar Seri Begawan Downtown Structures, Brunei

Exploring the Water Village, Bandar

Exploring the Water Village, Bandar

Exploring the Water Village, Bandar

Exploring the Water Village, Bandar

Still Have Satellite TV in the Water Village, Kampong Ayer Bandar

Still Have Satellite TV in the Water Village, Kampong Ayer Bandar

Kampong Ayer Water Village

Kampong Ayer Water Village

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Water Taxi Driver - .50 cents each to cross!

Water Taxi Driver – .50 cents each to cross!

Brunei Museum (Muzium Brunei)

Brunei Museum (Muzium Brunei)

Bandar Seri Begawan Downtown Structures, Brunei

Bandar Seri Begawan Downtown Structures, Brunei

The Royal Regalia Building, Bandar

The Royal Regalia Building, Bandar

Bandar Seri Begawan Downtown Structures, Brunei

Bandar Seri Begawan Downtown Structures, Brunei

The Fixings of Ais Kacang

The Fixings of Ais Kacang

Local Eatery, Bandar

Local Eatery, Bandar

Newer Structure, Bandar

Newer Structure, Bandar

The Mall at Gadong, Bandar Seri Begawan

The Mall at Gadong, Bandar Seri Begawan

Patterns

Patterns

Maura Beach, Brunei

Maura Beach, Brunei

About vagabondwithfamily

I am an overseas teacher, one who chose to live abroad after getting my MEd in K-12 ESL and teaching license back in Minnesota, USA, and I've lived in Japan, Taiwan, Switzerland and Germany, with a stint in Mexico, studying Spanish, too. Now married and with two young, adorable and amazingly wonderful children, my solo travel days are limited, but life is great still.
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7 Responses to Images of Brunei, Part I: A Few Languid Days in BSB and Elsewhere

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    • vagabondwithfamily says:

      Thanks for using my pics! I don’t mind the exposure, for the pictures are otherwise sitting and collecting “dust” (i.e., nobody else is looking at them).

  2. Tracey Jayne says:

    Wonderful photography Michael. You should sell them to the Brunei Tourist Board! When you wrote to me I was skeptical that you would find something to do in Brunei for more than two days. You proved me wrong.

    • vagabondwithfamily says:

      Thank you, Tracey. The last day was a blue sky day, so I enjoyed getting behind the lens a bit! Yes, we made the most of it, especially with some pleasant CS encounters! Thanks for all of your help there!

      Feel free to share my albums of Brunei! ; )

    • vagabondwithfamily says:

      If you know of any contacts with Brunei tourism, let me know! ; )

  3. Lori K says:

    Great pics

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