Top 10 Things to do in Gadong, Brunei Darussalam

September 27, 2017 Velvet Champine

Discover the best top things to do in Gadong, Brunei Darussalam including Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque, Gadong Night Market, Ulu Ulu National Park Resort, Ulu Temburong National Park, Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Tasek Lama Recreational Park, Kampong Ayer - Venice of East, Royal Regalia Museum, Tamu Kianggeh, Royal Regalia Builidng.
Restaurants in Gadong

1. Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Highway | or Jalan Jame Asr, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
Excellent
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4.5 based on 468 reviews

Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

This ornately decorated mosque, built in 1994, is surrounded by landscaped Gardens and Fountains. This mosque is a fine example of Islamic architecture carried out with a devotion to details. Opening hours : Sun to Wed Time : 8am- 12noon , 2pm-3pm and 5pm-6pm Open on Saturdays if there is no official function the following day. Closed Thurs- Fri Shoes are to be removed before entering Admission Free

Reviewed By Malcolm_See - Singapore, Singapore

Pretty big mosque as compared to the Omar Ali Saifuddin. More elaborate in design and felt more like a functional mosque. More restrictive visiting hours here so better to check up before visiting. Near gadong market and mall.

2. Gadong Night Market

Gadong Town Center, Gadong, Brunei Darussalam
Excellent
36%
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4 based on 127 reviews

Gadong Night Market

Reviewed By Clea S

We've been to so many night markets but this market is the cleanest. Food stalls are organised very well and sells wide variety of foods. From main course meal to desserts and drinks, they all got it here. Also Jame Asr mosque is nearby and really wonderful at night.

3. Ulu Ulu National Park Resort

Bangar BE 1518, Brunei Darussalam
Excellent
64%
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4.5 based on 30 reviews

Ulu Ulu National Park Resort

This is a brief tour of the Ulu Temburong National Park, which includes a trek up to the canopy walkway for a breathtaking view of the untouched rainforest in Brunei, Borneo. You have the option to relax at the National Park’s only accommodation, Ulu Ulu Resort. Enjoy tubing down the Temburong River and take a trek to the mini waterfall for fish massage before enjoying a delicious lunch. The journey between Bandar Seri Begawan and the national park itself is an amazing experience where three modes of transportation are employed – speedboat, car and longboat.

Reviewed By darren f - Southampton, United Kingdom

Friends booked through a small adventure company. The price was BN $90 dollars for an adult and BN $60 for a child. This included breakfast, a longboat trip up the river, canopy walk, waterfall with foot eating fish, tubing back down the river and lunch.
The whole family enjoyed the experience. The guides Knowledgeable and friendly. There are a total of 2,000 steps to the top and once there the views are breathtaking. An amazing experience one that will never be forgotten

4. Ulu Temburong National Park

Jalan Batang Duri, Ulu Temburong National Park, Brunei Darussalam +673 224 0529
Excellent
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

Ulu Temburong National Park

Reviewed By hazinheira - Hong Kong, China

Located in the Temburong district, at a 2h trip from BSB, the Ulu Temburong National Park was the first to be created in Brunei.
It's made of pristine and untouched forest, with no human settlements.
To access it one can take a speed boat from BSB to Bangar, then a car to Batang Duri and finally a longboat to the entrance of the park. As far as we were told, it's only possible to visit with a local guide, who can be arranged through the licensed agencies.
It is possible to spend one night in one resort, which by the way was fully booked by His Majesty the Prince, the day we went there.
One of the activities available is the canopy walk, at an impressive 40 to 60m height. There are also Waterfalls, one particularly coveted due to the "spa fish" (we believe them to be sand diggers - Garra borneensis).
As for the fauna, we did see a kingfisher, rajah brooke birdwing butterflies, ants and other bugs. There are other animals that can be spotted at precise locations and different times of the day, like pythons, gybons, squirrels, cats and fresh water crocodiles.

5. Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque

Jalan Mc Arthur, Bandar Seri Begawan BS8711, Brunei Darussalam
Excellent
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4.5 based on 728 reviews

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque

This magnificent mosque sits at the very heart of the capital city and the country's Islamic faith. Built in 1958 and named after the 28th Sultan Of Brunei, it is one of the most impressive mosques in South-East Asia. Set amid its own lagoon, the mosque seems to be floating, surrounded by lush greenery and floral Gardens, while its glittering dome, covered in real gold, soars above the skyline. Featuring luminous stained glass windows, floors of gleaming Italian marble, walls of Shanghai granite, chandeliers from Britain and Carpets from Saudi Arabia, the mosque brings together the world's best materials in a tour de force of architectural beauty and spiritual ambience. A marble bridge across the lagoon brings you to a replica of a 16th century Royal Barge, which used to host religious ceremonies, like Quran Reading competitions. At night, the mosque is illuminated, making it a vision to be seen. Opening Hours : Sun-Wed, 8am until 5:30pm, EXCEPT at Prayer times Closed : Thurs-Fri Shoes are to be removed before entering. Dress appropriately For Men : No shorts, No Sleeveless ( wear long pants) For Women : No singlets, No shorts, must cover leg ( wear Long pants)

Reviewed By Nadya R

The mosque is quite visitor friendly and a great place to pray for Muslims. It has a beautiful interior especially the dome, inscripted with calligraphic Quranic verses and the 99 Names of Allah. There is a nice floating garden in the back unfortunately it was under renovation when we visited.

6. Tasek Lama Recreational Park

Jalan Tasek Lama | off Jalan Tasek, Bandar Seri Begawan BS8211, Brunei Darussalam
Excellent
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4.5 based on 180 reviews

Tasek Lama Recreational Park

Reviewed By alegge2017 - Shannon, Ireland

Gorgeous morning spent hiking around the park, should have shed a few pounds with all the sweaty work. An amazing views from the roof and the occasional inquisitive monkey certainly adds to the fun of the trip. You would need a degree of fitness for the trails - great way to pass a few hours .

7. Kampong Ayer - Venice of East

Brunei River | Jalan Mc Arthur, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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4 based on 655 reviews

Kampong Ayer - Venice of East

Technically part of the Bruneian capital of Bandar Seri Begawan, Kampong Ayer has more than enough uniqueness and history about it to be considered separately. Meaning “water village”, Kampong Ayer is built on stilts above the Brunei river. More than 30,000 people inhabit Kampong Ayer, the largest water settlement in Southeast Asia, and travel about by boat or the extensive network of wooden walkways, footbridges, and boardwalks. Kampong Ayer’s 4,200 structures include homes, mosques, restaurants, shops, schools, and a even a hospital. People have been living here for more than 1,300 year. Many of the traditional lifestyles of its inhabitants; fishermen, traders, and artisans; have remained unchanged. Visitors can experience this heritage by taking one of the many water taxis in front of the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah in Bandar Seri Begawan.

Reviewed By prof_liza - Quezon City, Philippines

The place is more advanced than the other floating villages of some ASEAN countries. But what we admired most is the fact that they share their living rooms / houses to the other members of the community whose guests cannot be accommodated in the event host's house. We were allowed to pass inside houses until we reached the museum. (Well, propbably because it was raining hard on the day of our tour.)

8. Royal Regalia Museum

Jalan Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien, Bandar Seri Begawan BS8811, Brunei Darussalam +673 224 4545
Excellent
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4 based on 661 reviews

Royal Regalia Museum

A tribute to the sultan and the grand trappings of Royalty, this museum is a highlight of any trip to Brunei. The main gallery presents an impressive recreation of the coronation of His Majesty The Sultan, displaying the gilded carriage which carried the newly crowned Sultann through the streets of the capital city, along with gold and silver ceremonial armour. The Royal Exhibition Gallery showcases a selection of Royal Regalia from His Majesty's childhood days up to the time of his coronation, such as jewel-encrusted crowns, thrones, garments and His Majesty's revered silver Keris (dagger). The Silver Jubilee Gallery celebrates the mark of His Majesty's 25th ruling year. Here, one can view film footage of the auspicious event, amongst other Royal Regalia that made an appearance during the occasion. There is also the Constitutional History Gallery, which houses documents, photographs, film and recordings, and a gallery devoted to the life of His Majesty The Sultan up to the time of his coronation. Opening Hours : Sat-Thu, 9am-4:30pm , Fri 9am-11:30am, 2:30pm-4:30pm Shoes are to be removed before entering

Reviewed By sgu2018

Photography of the exhibits is prohibited. Photography in the lobby area is permitted. One has to leave all belongings (mobile phones, cameras, handbags, purses, etc.) in the lockers provided free of charge.

9. Tamu Kianggeh

Jalan Sungai Kianggeh, Bandar Seri Begawan BS8111, Brunei Darussalam
Excellent
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3.5 based on 251 reviews

Tamu Kianggeh

Open Air Market, 100m Away From Water Village

Reviewed By 750rumag - Brunei

Local residents & tourists both are attracted to this open air market.
Residents because they get all their groceries at reduced rates & tourists to get a feel of the country's local cusinie & agriculture.
Every morning local farmers get their produce here to sell without any middle men taking a cut.
Even if there is nothing to buy on your list just a morning walk through the market is rejuvenating

10. Royal Regalia Builidng

Jalan Sultan | Bandar Seri Begawan BS8611, Bandar Seri Begawan BS8811, Brunei Darussalam +673 224 4545
Excellent
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4 based on 52 reviews

Royal Regalia Builidng

Reviewed By Bozeman-Dublin - Dublin, Ireland

Beautiful grandiose domed building about a 10 minute walk from central BSB. It is absolutely massive and as stately as you'd expect a building to be that houses all the magnificent gifts the Sultan has receieved over the years from heads of state and dignitaries. Well worth a visit to see the regalia and lavish carriages and psrapherbalia.

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