Of Giant Teacups and Friendly Nodding Donkeys
Residing near the border between Brunei and Miri, Kuala Belait has evolved from a small fishing village back in the 20th century to being an essential asset to Brunei’s economical health. As the heart of Brunei’s oil and gas industry, Belait is home to both locals and expats who have come to work in the industry. But oil is not the only thing Belait is rich in. With so many different cultures culminating in one district, one can experience a variety of flavor palates as well as visit monumental marks of Brunei’s rich history and diverse people.
Top Places to Visit
Right on the edge of civilization – where the asphalt meets pristine rainforests – a wooden longhouse stands tall and proud amongst lush greenery. Take a tour around the timber home and venture out through the trails to search of spectacular waterfalls and serene plunge pools.
Billionth Barrel Monument
Built in 1991, the Billionth Barrel Monument resides along the beach in Seria and is a symbol of achievement in Brunei’s oil production. Commemorating the accomplishment in its name, the iconic structure stands tall and proud for all to see. This landmark is situated on the beach in Seria that boasts of beautiful sunsets and glimpses of oil rigs in the distant horizon.
Luagan Lalak Recreation Park
Some people will argue that you can see the best sunsets at the park. Others visit the park to get away from all the hustle and noise from town. With wooden walkways and beautiful sunsets when the weather is right, experience the kind of peace that only nature can bring at the Luagan Lalak Recreation Park. The park sits atop an alluvial freshwater swamp and gives the illusion of mirror-like water and during dry season, the water gives way to reveal a bank of beautiful sedges. This park is as picturesque as it can be so don’t forget to snap some photos while you’re there!