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24 hours in Brunei

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This was a whirlwind of a trip really that only jumpstarted a little adventure through parts of Southeast Asia that isn’t really frequented… with 24 hours in Brunei being the initial stop.

4:30pm

We landed in Brunei in the afternoon with the most gorgeous aerial views of any city I have seen from the sky sitting in a plane seat. You could see the grand mosques and the palace, gold domes speckled throughout and the gorgeous waters that hugged the lands.

6pm

We were greeted warmly at Empire Hotel in the capital. A vast, palatial hotel that boasted views of the South China Sea. Checked into our Executive Suites we were welcomed to their afternoon tea that was much needed as I was slightly peckish after the flights and travels. Delicate sponges and tarts, it was like doing afternoon tea at the Dorchester!

24 hours in Brunei
24 hours in Brunei

8pm

We freshened up and wanted to kick the jet lag, so after a little meander through the hotel in the evening, we went for a night tour of the city. It was a great way to stay our 24 hours in Brunei. We stopped by the two grand mosques and then a night market that housed an assortment of snacks and Bruneian delicacies that we tried.

10pm

We were back at The Empire Hotel, had a lovely bubble bath that overlooked the night views of the sea and the pools and then had the deepest slumber before a long day ahead.

24 hours in Brunei
24 hours in Brunei
24 hours in Brunei

What I Wore

skirt c/o GREAT PLAINS backpack c/o RADLEY LONDON

24 hours in Brunei
24 hours in Brunei
24 hours in Brunei
24 hours in Brunei

630am

We woke up extremely early thanks to the jet lag we thought we were going to get rid of quickly. Luckily, the hotel was quiet at that time and so I got ready and gathered my things to go have a meander around the grounds. The rising, delicate sun against the white marble and gilded finishings made it even more grand during the day.

I helped myself to the extravagant breakfast The Empire Hotel hosts every morning with some traditional options like congee and of course my favorite, pancakes! A necessity for 24 hours in Brunei!

9am

Picked up by my tour guide, we made our way to a morning market to pick up some fruit {I was craving some bananas and dragon fruit} and then went to visit Jame’ Asr Hassanil Bolkiah and Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosques.

The mosques were gorgeous and much like everything I was seeing, it was also gilded in touch and grand in demeanor. From there, we made our way to The Royal Regalia Building that showcases the culture and traditions of Brunei’s royal ceremonies. I was curious to know more about the sultanate after visiting the mosques and the museum provided a greater glimpse into that world! You must add these for your 24 hours in Brunei.

24 hours in Brunei
24 hours in Brunei

9am

Picked up by my tour guide, we made our way to a morning market to pick up some fruit {I was craving some bananas and dragon fruit} and then went to visit Jame’ Asr Hassanil Bolkiah and Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosques.

The mosques were gorgeous and much like everything I was seeing, it was also gilded in touch and grand in demeanor. From there, we made our way to The Royal Regalia Building that showcases the culture and traditions of Brunei’s royal ceremonies. I was curious to know more about the sultanate after visiting the mosques and the museum provided a greater glimpse into that world!

1130am

We made our way closer and closer to the sea and found ourselves on a fairly festive boat that took us around to explore the city from water. I said this before, but the experience is always so different when seeing a city from water. A unique perspective and in Brunei, a greater one. Some of the population in Brunei actually live on the sea to avoid property tax and have built a self sufficient community complete with schools, stores and anything else you might think of!

We met a Bruneian family and got to sit and speak to them about their life on water. Most of them preferred it and found it helpful that the sultan was supportive of their decision.

24 hours in Brunei
24 hours in Brunei
24 hours in Brunei

What I Wore

dress c/o NEXT sandals c/o NEXT backpack c/o RADLEY LONDON

24 hours in Brunei
24 hours in Brunei

1pm

We soon headed to lunch at Little Audrey’s with the tourism board where we talked about daily life. I was curious to know what people did for fun, where they went and where they see the future of Brunei. It was nice to hear about young people adamant about preserving the culture and society of the country. PS - I ordered the salted egg chicken rice bowl and I highly suggest it with the young thai coconut water!

4pm

We then boarded our flight and headed to Malaysia for another grand adventure!

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24 hours in Brunei
24 hours in Brunei
24 hours in Brunei
24 hours in Brunei
24 hours in Brunei
24 hours in Brunei