January 28th, 2018
Brunei Darussalam means "abode of peace". The meaning suits this country so well. I've been in some places and there's nothing like Brunei Darussalam. The country also ranked 31st on the Human Development Index in 2015 together with Singapore.
What's with Brunei? Here it goes....
Let me show you how colorful their streets are
While walking in the streets of Brunei, you can notice how colorful and of course clean their streets are. The cars will let you cross the streets even without asking them to do so(drivers are very considerate). In short, you're safe on the street. You will also love(as much as I did) to just walk because of the vibe that this country has.
The public transportation is not that accessible unlike in other countries, but still, Brunei has taxi(they call it teksi) that mostly can be found in malls. They also have buses that you can ride but you should ask where the bus stops are located and what time does the bus arrives in each bus stops. Maybe you can just book a service at the airport for more convenient travelling around Brunei(I'm not just sure how much would it cost you)
Brunei is considered to be the most conserved Islamic Nation. No doubt to that because I witnessed it. They also have a lot of beautiful mosques, and one of those is;
Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque
This is often considered as the most beautiful mosque in the Asia Pacific. This is one of the many places where Muslim Community worships. This is not just a major historical site, but also, a famous tourist attraction in Brunei. Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque was built in an artificial lagoon in the banks of Brunei River at kampong-ayer or the "village in the water".
Brunei does not only offer mosques, they also have places where you can relax, unwind and escape from the reality of life(Perfect for nature lovers and for people who do soul searching). This place is very peaceful and very relaxing place to stay. I honestly enjoyed my stay here
This is located at The Empire Hotel. A place where you can be on your own, with friends, family, or even your boyfriend/girlfriend! No matter who your companion is, you will surely enjoy the scenery in this place.
Me, myself, and I, indeed loves sunsets, and Empire Hotel is one of the best places(for me. but I bet you'll agree) to wait for the sun to set. Just sitback, relax, seize and capture the moment. While I was sitting there, I feel like I don't wanna go back and just stay like this forever. But unfortunately, that's not possible. (just kidding though)
Empire Hotel is not just a place to stay, but, it also has beach(unfortunately, I wasn't able to swim for some reason huhu)
But of course, taking some photos shouldn't be missed(i guess not some because I had a lot. lol)! ;)
If you're not in the mood to swim on the beach, sit along the shore and have sands on your toes, they also have pool for you to enjoy water without soaking on the salt water(total package isn't it?)
Brunei also has Royal Regalia Museum. I wasn't able to take pictures inside because it is prohibited, but, inside Royal Regalia, you can see how beautiful and rich in all aspects Brunei is. There are a lot inside like the gifts of different countries to them, paintings, and others. You can also see there the things that the Royal Family uses. Maybe now, you have an idea why taking pictures is prohibited. The museum will give you a summary of their very rich culture. Upon entering the museum you will be given a pair of slippers to use inside(yes you cannot use your own footwear inside the museum). They will also give you keys for locker because you cannot bring any bags, phones, cameras, and etc. Don't worry your belongings are safe there! :D
Brunei has really a lot to offer. My experience in this place was really ecstatic. There are indeed a lot of things to explore in Brunei that will surely make you comeback!
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