The best photo-worthy spots in Brunei Darussalam

Brunei Darussalam has a myriad of breathtaking landmarks that are the perfect backdrops for an instantly likeable post on your favourite social media account.

Charming, one-of-a-kind and historical, we list 10 spots around Brunei Darussalam where you can set up your camera and say ‘cheese’.

1. Taman Mahkota Jubli Emas

Taman Mahkota Jubli Emas
Taman Mahkota Jubli Emas

This park on the riverfront in downtown Bandar Seri Begawan has an abundance of locations to keep your camera clicking.

The park sits along the Kedayan River with a promenade that provides an uninterrupted view of the river. You’ll also get views of the water village and a complete picture of the RIPAS Bridge.

The park has a pedestrian bridge from where panoramic views of the entire park can be taken, with a backdrop of the Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque next door.

Your visit to Taman Mahkota Jubli Emas is not complete without a stop at The Frame Brunei Darussalam. It boasts a whopping height of nine metres. The Frame Brunei offers a dual perspective of Brunei’s prominent landmarks – Kampong Ayer and Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque. It’s a great location to snap a commemorative photo of your trip to Brunei Darussalam.

2. Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque
Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

The Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque is probably the most photographed monument in the city. Its cream-coloured façade and central dome of pure gold reflect the sunshine and stand out crisply against the blue skies. At twilight, the fragmented colours of gold, orange and pink turn the whole scene into a dream-like Van Gogh painting.

For a framed picture of the mosque, walk to the field along the promenade. There, you can photograph the mosque through the enormous rectangle frame. Its strategic positioning will give the perfect shot of the entire structure every time.

Inside the mosque, spectacular stain-glass windows and crystal chandeliers add a feel of grandeur to the cavernous prayer hall. The grounds surrounding the mosque show off a beautifully manicured garden, water features and a stone replica of a 16th-century Sultan Bolkiah royal barge which appears to be floating on the adjoining artificial lagoon.

3. Jerudong Park

Jerudong Park
Jerudong Park

The Jerudong Park is an amusement park for the whole family. It’s complete with a playground, waterpark, garden, lagoon and rides that range from the mildly stimulating to almost heart-stopping.

One of the most elegant rides in the park is a double-tiered carousel. The carousel is ornately decorated like a colourful cake and brightly illuminates at night. Instead of standard galloping horses, the platform has a menagerie of animals which will delight both kids and adults looking for a spin of nostalgia.

When night falls, the park lights up like day for more after-dinner fun. On Saturday nights, there is a special musical fountain show for a different kind of water entertainment.

Two iconic symbols of Jerudong Park are nearby the main entrance. The first is the coloured-glass arch featuring the park’s logo with the head of a white stallion. The second is the diamond ring arch roundabout just outside the ticketing counters. These standout symbols make it easy for you to remember to take some photos to mark your visit to the park.

4. The Empire Brunei

The Empire Brunei
The Empire Brunei

This 5-star resort by the coast is one of the most picturesque places in Brunei, inside and out. It’s built on a sprawling 445 acres of beachfront estate.

The complex includes multiple blocks of sea-facing accommodations, villas with their own gardens, a country club, an 18-hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus, a three-screen cinema, lagoons and pools, and private beaches.

The resort grounds are accessible to the public and many frequent the place for leisurely walks, exercise, photo shoots and sunset-bathing. The inner sanctum of the hotel is a display of sumptuous luxury from architecture to furnishings.

Full windows spanning multiple floors let in natural light to warm the interiors that shimmer with marble pillars and gold accents, while offering a view of the resort’s landscapes and the blue expanse of rolling sea.

5. Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien (SOAS) Bridge

Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien (SOAS) Bridge
Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien (SOAS) Bridge

This 30-kilometre bridge connects the Brunei-Muara district where the capital city is, and the rainforest region of the Temburong district. The record-breaking bridge is the longest bridge in Southeast Asia.

This bridge features three impressive towers situated along the length of the structure, with connecting cables forming an open-fan pattern along the sides. On the crown of the last tower sits a gold crescent moon and star, symbolising the country’s Islamic heritage.

A drive across the bridge on a clear day gives you endless views of the Brunei Bay and a glimpse of the bakau mangroves at the Labu Forest Reserve under the bridge.

6. Temburong Canopy Walk

Temburong Canopy Walk
Temburong Canopy Walk, Brunei Darussalam

If you don’t get weak at the knees from heights, then climb up the 43-meter-high steel pipe and cable canopy walk in the Ulu Temburong National Park; this is a photo-op for the brave only.

Up there among the tree crowns where wispy mists brush against your face, you will be rewarded with a view of the emerald rainforest, and for once, at eye level. Not only will you see miles of greenery from here, you will gain a sense of peace as you marvel at nature’s power of creation.

Sunrise or sunset photographs from this point will be a one-of-a-kind. On the canopy walk, keep your eyes sharp for birds that normally perch high in the trees, and listen to the symphony of hidden wildlife calls coming from all directions.

7. Tasek Merimbun

Tasek Merimbun
Tasek Merimbun, Brunei Darussalam

Photographers and nature-lovers will often say the Tasek Merimbun Heritage Park in the Tutong district is a photo-worthy landmark. The mysterious, black water lake, fields of wispy reeds swaying in the breeze and dark, lonely swamps certainly have a cinematic feel to them.

The park is protected for its eco-systems that support rare animal and plant species endemic to Brunei Darussalam. A walk around the park will introduce you to a wide variety of flora such as the rare tiger orchid and carnivorous Nepenthes pitcher plants. Spot wild birds that roam carefree around the swamp. Clouded leopards are known to reside in the area but they are extremely camera-shy and not likely to volunteer for a selfie.

The low light pollution in this district makes the park, and most parts of Tutong, perfect for pointing your cameras to the night skies for a sweeping view of the constellations above. Between March and September, the Milky Way’s core is visible, however, the prime viewing time is from May to August. During this time, the galactic centre can be observed all-night long.

8. Billionth Barrel Monument

Billionth Barrel Monument
Billionth Barrel Monument

When crude oil was discovered in 1929 in the town of Seria, it became the driving force behind Brunei’s economy. In 1991, the Brunei Shell Petroleum Company built the Billionth Barrel Monument to commemorate the one billionth barrel of oil extracted from the Seria oil field.

The monument’s location by the beach is near the site of the first oil well in the field. If you are interested in capturing a piece of this country’s oil production history and the remnants of early oil drilling mechanisms, a visit to the monument will provide both.

Nodding donkeys are still standing in the fields nearby. Some still pumping away with its gentle rhythmic nodding. The walkway to the monument is flanked by a series of panels covered in artwork by local artists. At dusk, the site is awash in brilliant shades of the sun. The sunset illuminates the importance of this monument to the progress of this country.

9. Kunyit 7 Lodge

Kunyit 7 Lodge
Kunyit 7 Lodge

If you’re looking for the epitome of peaceful living, look no further than Kunyit 7 Lodge. Situated at Kampong Bakut Berumput in Kampong Ayer, with its colourful exterior and whimsical decor, the lodge is hard to miss and you can see it from the mainland.

The space within is decorated with cheery upcycled creations and antiques from the owner’s collection. Loving messages from happy guests adorn the walls. Owner Kem makes her lodge feel like a home and treats her guests like long-time friends, exchanging stories over tea and local kueh.

She also loves to share insider tips on what to do and see in Brunei. A stay at Kunyit 7 Lodge is an opportunity to explore Kampong Ayer and mingle with the community.

10. Bangar Town

Bangar Town
Bangar Town, Brunei Darussalam

Unaffected by the fast-paced routine of city life, Bangar Town is a pleasant pause on the ever-moving tale of our day-to-day life. A trip to Bangar only takes a 45-minute car ride across the iconic Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Bridge.

Hidden between thick mangrove forest and its lush greenery of nipa palms, the main draws of this serene town are the Ulu Temburong National Park and the district landmark, the Temburong Super Tree.

Explore some of the world’s old skyscrapers in the form of centuries-old botanical towers at Temburong National Park. The Temburong Super Tree, while also a favourite photo-taking spot for visitors, is a tribute to the rainforests of Temburong, the Green Jewel of Brunei.

This Brunei Darussalam article was produced by Vacations & Travel in partnership with The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

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