Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque
       
     
Late afternoon in Bandar Seri Begawan
       
     
The Sultan's Birthday
       
     
Kampong Ayer: Bandar Seri Begawan
       
     
Istana Nurul Iman
       
     
Going Around Bandar Seri Begawan
       
     
The Royal Regalia
       
     
The cult of personality
       
     
       
     
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque
       
     
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque

Considered as one of the most beautiful mosques in the Asia Pacific and is a major landmark in the Sultanate of Brunei.

Late afternoon in Bandar Seri Begawan
       
     
Late afternoon in Bandar Seri Begawan

We went around Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei's capital, on their 'flying coffins': wooden speed boats.

The Sultan's Birthday
       
     
The Sultan's Birthday

We were there during the month of the Sultan's birthday so the main streets of Brunei are festooned with multicoloured lights. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, the current ruler of the sultanate used to be the wealthiest man in the world.

Kampong Ayer: Bandar Seri Begawan
       
     
Kampong Ayer: Bandar Seri Begawan

These water shanties can be found in many parts of Southeast Asia. 'Kampong Ayer' literally means 'Water Village'.

Istana Nurul Iman
       
     
Istana Nurul Iman

The Sultan's palace.

Going Around Bandar Seri Begawan
       
     
Going Around Bandar Seri Begawan

This very small capital can be explored on foot in an afternoon. You may also go around in these water taxis for a fee. 

The Royal Regalia
       
     
The Royal Regalia

The museum houses replicas of the Sultan's Silver Jubilee, gifts from heads of state, and many others which give an extensive look at the life and work of the absolute monarch. Entrance is free.

The cult of personality
       
     
The cult of personality

The monarchy is deeply ingrained in every facet of life in the sultanate. Even when watching a Transformers movie in the capital's cinema.

       
     
Bandar Seri Begawan. Brunei Darussalam

A quick overnight trip to this very quiet but charming capital city of Brunei Darussalam last 25 July 2009.