Full Brunei Experience - City Excursion - Water Village And Mangrove Safari

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 9 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    09:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Bandar Seri Begawan, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei-Muara District
    Traveler pickup is offered
    NOT inclusive for pick up from the Empire Hotel.
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

A full daytour introducing you to the symbols of Brunei wealth, faith and identity. Some of the highlights are Royal Regalia, Jame Asr' Hassanal Mosque and the Royal Palace, followed by a beautifultour through the old and new parts of the Water village perfect for you to discover one of the heritage jewels of Brunei by crossing the Brunei river and strolling the wooden walkways. The safari starts now - the mangroves harbor a various selection of wildlife, such as mangrove cat snakes, crocodiles, monitor lizards and the proboscis monkey. Some of the highlights are panoramic boat tour past Water village, Royal palace and wildlife spotting.

Know More about this tour

This package provides you the ideal glimpse to Bandar Seri Begawans top sights. You will be greeted in the morning by our friendly representative for your historically filled tour. Your first pit stop will be the Royal regalia building in the bustling capital. Enjoy its grandiose exhibits of Bruneis royal family and life-sized replicas of the Sultans life and success.

No visit to Brunei is complete without a visit to the majestic Sultan omar ali saifuddien mosque. Dubbed as one of the best in Islamic architecture, this glitter domed mosque is the countrys icon and its sheer grandness resonates. The tour will then bring you to the picturesque Jame Asr Mosque. Built by the current Sultan, this spectacular mosque can fit up to almost 4,500 worshippers. To wrap up your delightful tour, you will stop by at Istana nurul iman. Considered the largest residential palace in the world, catch a glimpse of the royal cars passing by if youre lucky.

Relax and enjoy your lunch break beforeyour Brunei discovery continues.

Continue to the Water Village which is one of Brunei's heritage jewels, being not only the world's largest settlement on stilts, but also the cultural heartland of the Brunei Malay. The 'village' in its name is rather misleading, as it was the capital and centre of the Brunei Empire until the modernization drive during the Resident's administration (the current city centre only begun being developed around that time). Take a wooden water Taxi ride to visit the Water village gallery on stilt, stroll along wooden walkways with your guide and have a close look at villager's home.

In the late afternoon we will bring you into the mangroves. The tropical mangroves are a rich repository of numerous species of trees and other plants but they are perhaps most well-known for harboring an interesting selection of wildlife, such as mangrove cat snakes, crocodiles, monitor lizards and the most curious of all, the proboscis monkey. Endemic only to certain parts of Borneo, these monkeys became known for their bright-orange brown coats, long white tails, and the protruding noses on the adult males. Head into the mangrove wilderness in an open boat for an adventure to spot these, and perhaps even more!

Short Itinerary & highlights

  • Pick-up from hotel lobby
  • Visit Royal regalia building
  • Stop at Sultan omar ali saifuddien mosque
  • Visit JameAsr' Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque (Thursday & Friday closed for inside visit)
  • Stop at 'Istana nurul iman',the Royal Palace
  • Lunch (approx. noon)
  • Panoramic boat ride to Water Village
  • Visit Water Village Gallery
  • Stroll from Village to village on wooden walkway
  • Panoramic boat ride past Water Village and back of Royal Palace
  • Wildlife spotting in the mangrove forests
  • Return boat ride
  • drop-off

Inclusions

All taxes, fees and handling charges

Fuel surcharge

Landing and facility fees

Mineral water

Lunch

Entry/Admission - Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

Entry/Admission - Kampong Ayer Cultural & Tourism Gallery

Entry/Admission - Royal Regalia Museum

Exclusions

Pick-up/Drop-off from the EMPIRE HOTEL & its vicinity

Visits/Stops outside of the itinerary

Food and drinks beyond those included

Additional services beyond those stated

Free gifts or souvenirs

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

A minimum of 1 people per booking is required

A maximum of 15 people per booking

Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults

Infants must sit on laps

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Traveler Reviews

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  • 17-Oct-2019

    Our driver Eric was great. His English was wonderful and we had no problem understanding him. He was very knowledgeable about the country and the culture. He made us feel very comfortable throughout the day. The tour was fun and informative. We started at the market, where Eric explained the foods that were specific to the region. I asked him to identify a lot of the fruits and vegetables and he was happy to answer. Eric also explained the local foods at the lunch buffet so that we knew what to expect. We visited two mosques, which were both beautiful and fascinating as I had never been inside one. Eric graciously answered all of our questions about the religion. The river cruise was great. Eric and the boat driver managed to find us a troupe of monkeys, even though I had been told it would be hard to see them during this time of year. We also walked through the water village, which provided us with insight into the local culture. The only thing I would change would be the amount of time we spent at the Royal Regalia Museum. It got a little repetitive after a while, and it was really cold inside! But I am definitely glad we visited as the items displayed were beautiful. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting Brunei.

  • 16-Jul-2019

    If you have only one day in Brunei, this is your best bet - a great mix of history and heritage, urban life and nature, all rolled into a fun, convenient and enlightening experience with a very friendly Brunei-born guide!

  • 25-Oct-2018

    I didn't really know what to expect of my short visit to Brunei. I signed up for the 5 hour tour with borneoguide.com, and my guide for the day (Faisal), was excellent. He provided me with loads of information, his English was great, and he was very open to answering questions. I obviously have no experience with the other companies, but would highly recommend this guide. He was early showing up the hotel, great at spotting wildlife during the mangrove tour, and genuinely friendly and wanted to ensure I enjoyed. He also seemed to know everyone in Brunei, and would stop and chat and say hello. Great experience. I was on my own, so had to book a solo tour, and it was expensive however.

  • 07-Aug-2018

    Brunei is a different Place: Ruled by a Sovereign sultan, the richest man in the world with a private Collection of more than 7000 cars (incl 450 Ferraris!). And the Sultan reminds everyone of who is in charge through lots of imposing and impressive sights: A mega-large mosque that cost $4 billion With a golden dome, Palaces for everyone to see for himself and his Family, museums of Crown regalia, royal horse stables, monuments to celebrate the Sultan's rule, etc, etc. What is Worth to see in Brunei is the Water Village where real People live, the river, and the tropical jungle along the river. As Brunei has lots of oil Revenues, they have kept the Rainforest and jungle much more intact than Indonesia and Malaysia that to a large extent have replaced rain forest With palm oil plantations. You easily see all sights of Brunei in a day - no reason to stay longer unless you want to admire more of the Sultan's achievements.

  • 17-Jul-2018

    I am going to Brunei for 2 days, so I booked this tour. I checked availability on tripadvisor, it said it was available. I placed my booking, it said it was successful, only for the company to contact me the next day and say it was not running on the date that I had booked. Very poor communication and clarity. If the tour wasn't running then those dates should not have been listed as available to book. This is just common sense

  • 10-Feb-2018

    I was in Brunei only for a short stay and this tour will give you, as it says, the full Brunei experience. The water village is very interesting and the meal was very good. I recommend this tour to anyone visiting Bandar Seri Begawan.

  • 10-Feb-2018

    I was in Brunei only for a short stay and this tour will give you, as it says, the full Brunei experience. The water village is very interesting and the meal was very good. I recommend this tour to anyone visiting Bandar Seri Begawan.

  • 31-Jan-2018

    Lots to see of the city.

  • 25-Oct-2017

    A fantastic tour. The guide was so knowledgeable and friendly. I loved the mix of different experiences - the mosques, the museum, the market, the water village and the mangroves.

  • 25-Oct-2017

    A fantastic tour. The guide was so knowledgeable and friendly. I loved the mix of different experiences - the mosques, the museum, the market, the water village and the mangroves.

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