Named after the current Sultan's father (Bandar simply means "town"), Brunei's capital is neither wholly modern nor ancient. Bandar Seri Begawan (also known as BSB) is full of modern, oversized buildings, but the city did not have a traffic light until 1967, and there's still a sleepy, backwater feel to most of it.
In particular, some areas of the "Water Villages"—collections of homes built on stilts in the Brunei River—seem positively ancient. The majority of the city's residents still inhabi... Subscribe to travel42 to read the full Destination Guide. travel42 offers professionally written guides on more than 5,700 travel destinations and ports-of-call worldwide. Go to travel-42.com to learn more, or call 1.866.566.8136 to subscribe. Copyright (c) 2016 Northstar Travel Media, LLC. travel42.