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Full Day City and Water Village Tour with Lunch in Brunei
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Full Brunei Experience - City Excursion - Water Village and Mangrove Safari
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With 1,788 rooms, a banquet hall that can seat over 4,000 guests, a 1,500 people capacity Mosque, 5 swimming pools and a 110-car garage, the 200,000 m² (2.15 million sq ft) Sultan of Brunei's lavish Royal Palace, build by the Philippine's Ayala Corporation in 1984, is the world's largest residential palace, situated on top of a hill overlooking the capital and the Brunei River. Its golden domes and sweeping rooflines make for an awe-inspiring view, even from a distance and are a glittering example of Brunei's enduring royal heritage. Though only accessible to those on official business, the Palace, which name means "The Palace of the Light of Faith", is however open to the public for three days a year, when His Majesty usually holds an "Open House" to greet his subjects and visitors alike on the occasion of Hari Raya Aidilfitri, the religious festival following the fasting month of Ramadan. On other days, the sumptuous palace, which is also Brunei's seat of government, can be viewed through the main entrance gates, from the nearby Damuan promenade or from various angles on the Brunei river.
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Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not worth going by car as you can't enter and can barely see what's inside from the gate. It's better to pass by the palace on your staple Brunei river cruise. It is however a stunning palace.

Thank Nadya R
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Reviewed 13 December 2017 via mobile

You can't go in and you can't really see it from the outside, only from across the river. Waste of money for the taxi.

Thank nussknacker007
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Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

Cannot see too much the tour will take you around the back and then stop at the front gate for a photo shoot of the gates as you cannot see the building

Thank Richard H
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Reviewed 21 September 2017

Brunei is an oil rich sultanate not a tourist hub, People go to Brunei to work in oil or other industries. Not much there for tourists to see or do.

Thank him b
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Reviewed 16 August 2017

This is the palace of sultan of brunei, the richest monarch of the world. Visit during Hari Raya if you want to get inside and meet the royal family. I heard that the line would be extremely long.

Thank minimize940314
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Reviewed 13 July 2017

You can only enter the Istana during the Muslim New Year. From outside, you can see 2 guard posts which is guarded 24 hours. Recommend taking pictures but from the parking lot opposite the Istana.

Thank Jason L
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Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

For 3 days only they open the palace to the general public, let you have a meal for free, and then show you to queue up to meet the royalty. I shook the Queen's hand and had a brief chat about what I was doing...More

Thank sarah b
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Reviewed 6 July 2017

I visited Istana Nurul Iman and indeed did not meet his Majesty. This place was the official residence of the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, and the seat of the Brunei government. According to local Bandar Seri Begawan media reports, Istana Nurul Iman, the Sultan...More

1  Thank Sivarnee H
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Reviewed 13 June 2017

It is hot when we visited. Too bad we were not here after Ramadan, which they allow visitors inside the Palace. Either way it feels great to see, pride and honor that the architect behind this structure is a Filipino.

Thank online_dreamer
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Reviewed 1 May 2017

This should be in everyone's "bucket list" to visit - shaking hands with the Royals...It's worth every hour..Wait is about 3-4hrs depends on the crowd but during the 3-day opening for Hari Raya, best is to visit the last day (prob. less people) - but...More

Thank ClaireDSC
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Joiee W
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Dear Joiee, Hotels nearby the Royal Palace include Bad'iah Hotel and Le Gallery Suites.
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