Pin on PinterestHomeAsiaSoutheast AsiaBruneiBrunei – 6 Best Places to Visit for First-Timers By Marcos Detourist. Updated on March 10, 2017.Where to go in Brunei? See the city state’s best mosques, museums, tours, markets and things to do for first-time travelers.You may have already known of Brunei as a small yet wealthy nation.If not, this easily missed sultanate is known for having the largest oil fields in Southeast Asia one of the world’s highest standards of living.Laid-back capital, Bandar Seri Begawan, gleams with magnificent mosques that contrast with a massive stilt house water village and lush mangrove forests nearby.Inspire your adventure to Brunei with these must-visit places and things to do for first-time travelers.1. Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan, BruneiPathway through the lagoon, to Omar Ali Saifuddien MosqueOmar Ali Saifuddien Mosque & ceremonial stone boat in Bandar Seri Begawan, BruneiThe mosque with the ceremonial stone boat Why go — Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque towers over the laid-back city of Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei’s capital. This lavish mosque is the country’s most famous landmark and among Southeast Asia’s most beautiful places of worship.2. Kampung Ayer A water taxi crosses the Brunei River to Kampung Ayer (Water Village).Why go — Kampung Ayer, which means “water village” in Malay, is one of the largest stilt house settlements in the world. It is located across the river from the city center of Bandar Seri Begawan. Flag a water taxi (ferry) from the waterfront for a quick tour around Kampung Ayer to see local life in the village.3. Brunei River & Proboscis Monkey Mangroves and chocolate-colored waters on a boat tour along the Brunei River. Mosque at the stilt village in Bandar Seri Begawan, BruneiMosque at the stilt villageProboscis monkey spotted along the Brunei River in Bandar Seri Begawan, BruneiProboscis monkey along the Brunei River Why go — After a quick spin around the water village, venture out of the city center and explore the scenic mangrove-lined Brunei River. The highlight of this trip, if you are lucky, is getting to see Proboscis monkeys in the wild.4. Brunei Museums Royal Regalia Museum in Bandar Seri Begawan, BruneiWhy go — Bandar Seri Begawan is home to many museums that showcase the colorful history, culture, and grandeur of the monarchy. Popular museums include the Brunei Darussalam Maritime Museum and Royal Regalia Museum.See also Philippines – 11 Best Places to Visit for First-Timers Asia – 11 Top Countries to Visit For First-timers Indonesia – 13 Best Places & Islands to Visit for First-timers Malaysia – 8 Best Places to Visit for First-timers5. Brunei City Center Waterfront of Bandar Seri Begawan city center. Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex with Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan, BruneiYayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex Why go — Bandar Seri Begawan’s city center is small, very compact, easily explored on foot. Occupying much of the city is a sprawling shopping mall called Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex, which reflects a mix of traditional and modern architectural styles. Head to the waterfront for a nice view of the Brunei River.6. Kg Kianggeh Open Air Market Kianggeh Market in Bandar Seri Begawan, BruneiWhy go — This market, especially busy during the early morning hours, is a great way to see and photograph local life in the city. It also has many food stalls that prepare ready-cooked local food.Note: Destinations featured above are not listed by rank.Did you find this list inspiring? Please share adventures by tagging #detourista on Facebook and Instagram @marcosdetourist.Don’t leave yet. There’s more!Ferra Hotel Boracay Review1 Month Solo Travel in Northern India: A Survivor’s…My 4-day Boracay Summer Escapade in PhotosSingapore – 16 Best Sights & Things to Do for…Discover more blogs and travel tips in:BruneiSoutheast AsiaAsia See all placesFind more posts about:Best PlacesBest Things To DoLeave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *CommentName * Email * Website Start A TripSee travel guides and blogs about the Philippines and beyond.