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Published on November 29, 2017

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. Image courtesy of Tourism Brunei.

What You’ll Get

Take 5 days/4 nights to explore Borneo’s cultural highlights, from the tribes of Sabah in Malaysia to the soaring mosques of Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei.


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You’ll start at Kota Kinabalu, capital of the Malaysian state of Sabah. A 25-minute drive from the city takes you to Mari Mari Cultural Village, where five different ethnic tribes – the  Bajau, Lundayeh, Murut, Rungus and Dusun – display their cultural traditions for visitors. Hands-on demonstrations of cultural arts – from tattoo-making to blowpipe-making – provide an immersive cultural experience.

Across the border to Brunei, you’ll dive right into the action with a night tour of Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital – you’ll witness the lights illuminating the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, the glittering presence of the Jame’ Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque, and the hubbub of the Gadong Night Market.

A detour to the Seria Oilfield Operation Centre takes you to the source of Brunei’s prosperity. This leg of the trip covers the Forestry Museum at Sungai Liang Forestry Centre; the Billionth Barrel Monument at Seria Oilfield; the Lumut Brunei LNG plant; and Jerudong Park.

On your last day back at the capital, you’ll tour the rest of Bandar Seri Begawan, covering the Brunei Museum; the Fifth Sultan’s Tomb; the Royal Regalia Centre; and a “water taxi” ride down Brunei River to see Kampong Ayer, a historic water village at the heart of the city.

Mari-Mari Cultural Village, Sabah, Malaysia. Image courtesy of Tourism Malaysia.