Bandar Seri Begawan, formerly known as Brunei Town, is the largest city and capital of the Sultanate of Brunei. Bandar Seri Begawan features an estimated population of 50,000. Including the Brunei-Muara District, the metro area has a population of 279,920. The total city area of Bandar Seri Begawan is 100.36 km2 (38.75 mi2).
Istana Nurul Iman palace is the residence of Brunei's sultan. It is situated 3 km southwest of the centre of the city. Its name is taken from Arabic and means "Palace of the Light of Faith". Istana Nurul Iman palace was designed by Leandro Locsin, and built by Filipino firm, Ayala Corp., mixing Islamic and Malay elements in the building architecture. The palace contains 1,788 rooms, 257 bathrooms, and a banquet hall able to accommodate up to 5,000. Istana Nurul Iman palace only opens to the public during the yearly 3-day Hari Raya Adilfitri celebration.
'Penambang', a water taxi service, is used for transportation between Kampong Ayer and Downtown Bandar Seri Begawan. Water taxis are the most regular means of negotiating Kampung Ayer's waterways. They can be hailed from numerous "docking parts" along the Brunei River banks. Fares are negotiable. Regular boat and water taxi services depart for Temburong daily, between 7:45 a.m. and 4 p.m., and serve the Malaysian towns of Labuan, Lawas, Limbang, and Sundar. A speedboat is used for cruise passengers traveling from Limbang and Bangar and to Penambang Ferry Service.
Port Bandar Seri Begawan cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Bandar Seri Begawan, Muara, Brunei. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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