- 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
In Brunei's capital, Bandar Seri Begawan, the ruling family has maintained power for over six centuries. The Sultanate of Brunei reached its peak influence in the 15th to 17th centuries, controlling coastal areas of northwest Borneo and the southern Philippines. In 1888, Brunei became a British protectorate. It had the chance to join Malaysia in 1963 but declined due to a dispute over oil income distribution. Brunei finally gained independence in 1984.
On the first day in Brunei, explore the city with a guided tour that includes visits to Kampung Ayer, a coastal water village, the Royal Ceremonial Hall, Parliament House, Sultan Bolkiah's tomb, Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, the Brunei Museum, Royal Regalia Museum, the Water Village, and the Sultan’s Palace (Istana Nurul Iman).
On the second day, discover Brunei's pristine jungle, which remains largely intact due to the country's oil wealth. The jungle is inhabited by the Iban people, who migrated from Sarawak before World War II. Although not officially recognized as one of the seven indigenous ethnic groups in Brunei, they face challenges in integrating into the sultanate.
Travel to Kampung to experience the Iban Longhouses on the fringes of Labi Forest Reserve. Here, you'll witness traditional weaving and dances, learn about regional environmental knowledge on foraging walks, enjoy a bamboo lunch, and participate in conservation activities. If time allows, you may also visit a nearby waterfall for a refreshing swim.