We have a 10 hour layover for our Bangkok to Dubai flight via Royal Brunei Airways. Rather than just sit at the airport and wait for our next flight, I grabbed my husband’s hand and told him, “we’re going to explore Brunei in 10 hours”.
From the airport, we hired a taxi going to the city of Bandar Seri Begawan. The taxi dropped us to Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex, which is considered to be the largest shopping centre in BSB. You’ll never know it is a shopping centre as it looks like a residential villa. We roam around, was able to buy some souvenir items and had our lunch. At the food court, you will notice that most stalls are offering budget meals and it’s mostly Filipino foods. It’s maybe because a lot of Filipinos are working and staying in this oil-rich country. After lunch, we started our tour at Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, which is just adjacent to Yayasan Complex. This is one of the beautiful mosques, and one of the oldest in BSB, situated next to the water village. I’ve managed to went inside it, however, I have to wear an abaya to cover myself up. After our mosque tour, we went to the Promenade of the Water Village. However, we did not stay that long as it is too hot to stay outside. We then went to the Royal Regalia Museum to learn the history of Brunei – from Sultan Bolkiah’s childhood days to his coronation and to the international gifts he received. The displays are impressive, however you are not allowed to take photographs. There is only a certain area where you are allowed to take photos. Time flies so fast that we didn’t realise it’s almost time to catch up our next flight…
So this is how our 10-hour journey to Brunei went – short but meaningful!
- Travel Date: April 24, 2012
- Via: Royal Brunei Airways