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Brunei Darussalam | Brunei River Cruise

 

Brunei River Cruise, Brunei Darussalam

A pretty good way to have a relaxing overview of the key points of interest in Brunei Darussalam whle leisurely cruising over the Brunei River. Here are what you would see from the cruise during the 2-hour cruise:
Brunei River Cruise, Brunei Darussalam
Queen Elizabeth II Jetty

Where the journey would start and end for the afternoon’s river cruise along the Brunei River. This port was specially built when Queen Elizabeth II first visited Brunei Darussalam via Kampung Dato Gandi on February 29, 1972. Her HMS Britannia ship docked in Muara then cruised over to this jetty point with her entourage. Since then, the visit was commemorated via naming it after her.


Brunei River Cruise, Brunei Darussalam

Brunei River Cruise, Brunei Darussalam

Brunei River Cruise, Brunei Darussalam

Brunei River Cruise, Brunei Darussalam

3 museums of Brunei Museum, Malay Technology Museum and Maritime Museum

Brunei Museum, sits on top of the hill, is the first museum in Brunei that was launched during Queen Elizabeth II’s visit in 1972.

Malay Technology Museum is right beside Brunei museum which building was donated by the Royal Dutch or Shell Group of companies, in conjunction with the Sultanate’s independence in 1984. Officially opened in 1988 by His Majesty of Sultan which then featured the history of Bruneians livelihood of being boat makers, fishermen, metalworkers, and goldsmiths.

Brunei River Cruise, Brunei Darussalam

Brunei River Cruise, Brunei Darussalam

Maritime Museum is the newest between the three which officially opened on March 2015. It showcases the sultanate’s historic reputation as a maritime trade empire. Its building’s design and architecture represented the lines of a ship to denote its nautical association of the past Bruneian lifestyles – closely linked to river and sea systems.

Brunei River Cruise, Brunei Darussalam

Brunei River Cruise, Brunei Darussalam

Palau Berambang (Batu Gasing Awang Semaun)

A spinning top that, according to local folklore, belonged to Awang Semaun. He is known to be a great warrior and the brother of the first Sultan of Brunei.

Brunei River Cruise, Brunei Darussalam

Brunei River Cruise, Brunei Darussalam

Kampong Ayer

The 1300-year-old water village of Kampong Ayer is one of the known places in Brunei where one could find the stilt houses and wooden walkways. Kampong Ayer has a total of 42 villages and house more than 30,000 people -- roughly 10% of Brunei’s population. It is in fact recognized as the world’s largest water village.


Brunei River Cruise, Brunei Darussalam

Brunei River Cruise, Brunei Darussalam

Brunei River Cruise, Brunei Darussalam

Temburong Bridge

The new Temburong Bridge is the first cable stayed bridge in Brunei. It is the second-longest bridge using one pylon in the world. It is around 607 meters long connecting Bandar Seri Begawan and Mukim Lumapas.

Brunei River Cruise, Brunei Darussalam

Brunei River Cruise, Brunei Darussalam

Arts and Handicraft Centre

Brunei Darussalam’s fine arts and crafts centre showcases centuries of their nation’s proud heritage. It is believed that its arts and crafts influence has spread towards Philippines and the rest of Borneo – Malaysian and Indonesian.

Brunei River Cruise, Brunei Darussalam

Royal Wharf (Dermaga Diraja)

Brunei’s oldest international trading point, once a Royal and customs excise wharf, has attracted Muslim traders, Chinese merchants and even Portuguese for centuries to exchange spices, silk, textiles, among others.

Brunei River Cruise, Brunei Darussalam

Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah

Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex in Bandar Seri Begawan stands on about 210 acres of land where Kampong Sultan Lama and Kampong Pemancha Lama once stood. It is a supermall and home of the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah’s foundation.

Brunei River Cruise, Brunei Darussalam

Brunei River Cruise, Brunei Darussalam

Brunei River Cruise, Brunei Darussalam

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

The glistening landmark of Brunei’s capital, standing since 1958, is the popular postcard-worthy mosque of the city which was even considered as one of the most beautiful mosques in Asia Pacific. Built in an artificial lagoon on the banks of Brunei River at Kampong Ayer. It is the heart and symbol of the country’s deeply-rooted Islamic faith.


During the tour 

Brunei River Cruise, Brunei Darussalam

Brunei River Cruise, Brunei Darussalam

Went back for sundown photos

Brunei River Cruise, Brunei Darussalam

Brunei River Cruise, Brunei Darussalam

Brunei River Cruise, Brunei Darussalam

Brunei River Cruise, Brunei Darussalam


Kampong Burong Pinggai

The village of Kampong Burong Pinggal was previously known as Kampiong Ulu-Ulu because of its location at the Hulu (beginning) of the Brunei River. Later on changed when a villager found a bird that makes a sound like the word “Pinggai” and presented it to Sultan Muhammand knowing that his wife had lost the bird named Si Pinggai.

Brunei River Cruise, Brunei Darussalam

Brunei River Cruise, Brunei Darussalam

Jong Batu

The rock outcrop located in the river, shaped like one resembling a sinking ship with the bow sticking out of the water. Legend has it that Nakhoda Manis was tuned into this rock after being revoked by his father’s name.

Other key points: city center, local fish farms and natural mangrove forests


Brunei River Cruise, Brunei Darussalam

Brunei River Cruise, Brunei Darussalam

Other packages can be done by a private charter tour or dine & cruise. Apart from the 2-hour river tour of MV Sentosa, the “sightseeing tour” package also includes complimentary local tea and coffee, other sold refreshments at the bar area, and insurance. Here's the pricing and schedule shown below:


Pricing

   Adult            Child                    Seniors                                  Family Package              Group of 6
                   (2-12 years old)     (60 years old and above)       (2 adults & 2 children)       
  
   B$29             B$19                       $19                                        $79                                $129


Schedule
    
     Fridays                 Saturdays               Sundays
   (Sunset Cruise)



    5pm - 7pm            2pm - 4pm             2pm - 4pm


Brunei River Cruise, Brunei Darussalam

Brunei River Cruise, Brunei Darussalam

Brunei River Cruise, Brunei Darussalam

I would highly recommend this tour especially when you are with your peers or family. I was travelling alone when I visited Brunei and the cruise made it easier for me to see the sites in Brunei smoothly. Of course, if you would wish to visit each of them individually, you could do so like what I did which was sunset at the iconic Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque.


Brunei River Cruise, Brunei Darussalam

Brunei River Cruise, Brunei Darussalam

Brunei River Cruise, Brunei Darussalam

Brunei River Cruise, Brunei Darussalam

Brunei River Cruise’s exact location is at Queen Elizabeth II Jetty, Kg Dato Gandi, Jalan Kota Batu, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam, Brunei. Contact them through bruneirivercruise.com or follow their facebook or instagram for further information.

 



Elal of The Shades of Grey Travel and Photography
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