Tourism in the tiny country of Brunei Darussalam may not be as big as that in neighboring Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, but this Muslim sultanate can hold its own. The Bruneian landscape and attractions are unlike anywhere in the world, and one of these attractions is the Batang Duri Park.
Batang Duri is popular with children for its playgrounds and natural appeal. It is a perfect hang-out venue for the entire family, including students who wish to know more about nature and the local culture. Batang Duri is an example of a traditional Bruneian longhouse. There is an abundance of natural resources in the area since the park overlooks the sparkling Temburong River and is located within towering forest trees with rich wildlife.
Visitors enjoy strolling on the park’s wooden walkways. Located along the banks of Temburong River, the park allows visitors to take a swim along the river but with caution since the clean waters can have occasional strong currents.
It is not difficult to locate Batang Duri Park since it is situated only 15 kilometers away from the idyllic town of Bangar. With a population of only 3,970, this small and laid-back Bruneian town is the capital of the Temburong District. The town has only one road: the east end leads to Lawas in the Malaysian province of Sarawak, while the west goes to Limbang, also a part of Sarawak, Malaysia. Brunei is a tiny sultanate in the huge island of Borneo.
It is found within Sarawak Province. While Brunei may be not noticed as a leading economy, it is in fact one of the richest countries in the region, thanks to its abundant supply of oil and natural gas. The oil wells were discovered in the 1920s and continue to produce as much oil today.
The town of Bangar quarries, collects, processes, and ships boulders to construction companies that are based in capital city of Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei’s premier city with golden mosques, palaces and public squares. With national wealth coming from the country’s inexhaustible oil supply, glimmering Bandar Seri Begawan makes it obvious that this tiny country is indeed rich.
Other attractions in Brunei are its cool beaches and intriguing dive spots. There is much fun in the waters along Brunei’s 161-km long coastline. Off its coasts are the Australian Wreck, Cement Wreck and Blue Water Wreck that are drawing a huge number of international tourists and divers.
The first to discover the beautiful island of Borneo were early European explorers. They marveled at the rare orchids, never-before seen wildlife, verdant forests, and clear rivers as Temburong. The forests of Temburong are home to a diverse ecosystem and its beauty remain untouched and unspoiled by man.
Tourists will definitely enjoy and learn a thing or two about Mother Nature while touring the Ulu Temburong National Park, which is as popular as Batang Duri. As tourists stand on Batang Duri Park today, they can still hear the raucous calls of proboscis monkeys in the distance. Locals spending a lovely afternoon of family picnic are sure to enjoy the soothing sound of the gushing river, wild animal calls and chirping birds.