Naturally, Brunei has a lot to be seen and all Brunei attractions are hard to even enumerate.
The main among Brunei attractions is Bandar Seri Begawan ( translating like "His Majesty House")which was named after the father of the present-day sultan. Founded in 1906 in the mouth of Brunei river, it is now a the only town of any size, seems too big for its 60,000 inhabitants. It's a neat, clean, modern city with wide roads and overstated public buildings. This main of Brunei attractions has a couple of excellent museums: the traditionally-oriented Brunei Museum and the lavish Malay Technology Museum, which includes exhibits on water village" architecture and technologies used by the people who live in them. The historic centre of Bandar city is the Kampung Aeir ( 'a village on the water') - the settlement of 30 thousand people who have their houses on piles.
One more Brunei attractions situated in Bandar is Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque - one of the most impressive modern mosques in the East. Originally built in 1958, the giant golden-domed mosque stands close to the Brunei River in its own artificial lagoon. The interior is just as luxurious, with Italian marble walls, luxurious carpeting and an elevator on the east part of the it.
But without any doubt, all the Brunei attractions fade near Istana Nurul Iman, the Sultan's magnificent palace with 1788 rooms ( which is 388 more than in Vatican) and is brought to the Guiness records Book. Banquet hall for four thousand people, 12 suits for the sultan and his family, underground parking with more than 400 excellent ancient and modern cars, stables with famous Arabian racersand what not else will impress even an experienced sightseer. Sultan`s favourite playground where he plays polo, and Jerudong Park -a huge complex with a polo stadium, luxurious stables, a golf course and trapshooting and croquet facilities cannot be left without your attention, though you'll only be allowed in if you've been invited. Unfortunately, the palace is open to the public only at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
In the middle of the river near the Istana Nurul Iman, there is Pulau Ranggu- one of Brunei attractions, which brought here zoologists from all over the globe, as it is home to a large colony of proboscis monkeys, with their hugely distended noses. If you take a water taxi along the river around sunset, you may get a glimpse of the monkeys as this is a national park. Despite the friendliness of the populace, Bandar's nightlife is non-existent and the streets are deserted at 9pm. And if you are tired of all these posh but inaccessible traditional Brunei attractions, why not to see other Brunei attractions, among which the leading place is occupied by warm sandy beaches. Often known as Pantai Tuton, this is included into Brunei attractions. Though it is on a spit of land with the ocean on one side and the Tutong River on the other crowds of tousist choose the white-sand, casuarina-lined beach is probably the best in Brunei. The nearby town of Tutong has a market every morning. The area of beach at the end of the road is quiet and ideal for camping. And if you are pressed for time, Kampung Ayer is a must see. The thing is that centuries-old collection of 28 water villages built on stilts in the Brunei River with around 30,000 people live in this area leaves impression of a strange mix of modern and ancient. And a visit here will be a real highlight of your trip to Brunei.