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Cheap flights from Brunei

Travellers going on a Southeast Asian getaway will do well to consider Brunei Darussalam, a small yet significant country in the region. Overlooked due to its size and location in the Malaysian island of Borneo, Brunei nevertheless features a range of attractions for travellers looking for a getaway in a private and secluded spot with all the comforts and conveniences. Cultural tours, ecotourism, and upmarket leisure activities such as golfing can be enjoyed in this rich Muslim country, with its traditional and interesting background. 

 

A trip to Brunei exposes travellers to a culture derived from the Old Malay world. This reflects in the country's language, architecture, and customs which one will see, especially in Bandar Seri Begawan, the administrative and economic centre. Brunei, however, has its own vibrant and elegant charm which is partly different from its bigger neighbour. 

 

Where to go

Lively and modern, Bandar Seri Begawan is exciting to explore. Tourists can check out astounding landmarks such as Istana Nurul Iman, the official residence of the sultan and the largest palace in the world. It has 1,788 rooms that cover an area around 200,000 square metres. The palace, however, is open only to the public at the end of Ramadan, but visitors can still marvel at the magnificent structure at a distance or take a water taxi cruise to appreciate the exterior. One should not also miss out on the ornate furnishings of Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque with its 44-metre minaret. Inside are floors and walls made from Italian marble, stained-glass windows and chandeliers, imported luxurious carpets, and mosaic décor in the dome. From here, tourists can then visit Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque, which houses 29 minarets and superbly grand interiors.

 

Those who want to visit the forests of Brunei will be delighted with the lush green surroundings. Temburong features a national park where hikers will see unspoilt rainforests that nurture an abundance of flora and fauna, such as wild orchids with their large blooms and the rare Bornean proboscis monkey. Birdwatching is also recommended in the area as the country has more or less 463 species flying around its air space. 

 

One will also get to see the Bornean longhouse community, which lets travellers glimpse a part of Brunei's part. From the verdant countryside of Temburong, travellers can visit the coastline of Tutong. This other side of Brunei offers white-sand beaches and rocky outcroppings of the Pantai Seri Kenangan beach, as well as the twisting lake of Tasek Merimbun. Attractions in Tutong are not just composed of natural sights, though. One can stop by the Ruma Budaya cultural village and learn more about this distinctive part of Brunei.

 

Only around two hours from Bandar Seri Begawan, the Philippines make quite an interesting destination. The raucous vibe of Manila can be fun due to the multitude of sights and activities to enjoy. One can go around Intramuros, the former centre in the Spanish colonial past of the country, or check out Malate for the active nightlife. Museums and galleries also abound here, which allow visitors a glimpse of the country's rich culture. Makati's Ayala Avenue is also an area to visit for those who want to visit the malls and get some shopping done. Bonifacio Global City is also nearby for those looking for a quiet and private vibe. 

 

For a comparison of Islamic buildings, one can move on to Istanbul, one of the grandest historic centres in medieval times. The Aya Sofya is particularly fascinating due to its amalgam of styles from Ottoman architecture to various religious images. There is also the Süleymaniye Mosque, one of the largest Ottoman religious structures in the area. Although not a traditional structure, one should add to the list the İstiklal Caddesi, with its contemporary boutiques and cultural centres. 

 

How to get out

Travellers going to see other destinations can schedule connecting flights on Brunei International Airport. Airlines serving here include AirAsia, Cebu Pacific, Malaysia Airlines, MASwings, Royal Brunei Airlines, SilkAir, and Singapore Airlines. They transport passengers going between Brunei and Bangkok, Dubai, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Jeddah, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, London, Manila, Melbourne, Shanghai, Singapore, and more. 

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