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Golf is very popular here, and the Brunei Muara District has an international-standard, 18-hole par 72, course in beautiful surroundings at the Mentiri Golf Club. This is situated atJalan Pengkalan Sibabua. . Other courses include the Royal Brunei Golf and Country Club at Jerudong Park, and the Panaga Golf Club in Seria. There is also a driving range at the Royal Brunei Sports Complex near the Airport.

The Utama Bowling Alley is on Jalan Tutong in Bandar Seri Begawan.

For tennis fans, there are courts at the Youth and Welfare Sports Complex on Jalan Berakas - with 3 types of surface: clay, synthetic grass and cement.

Public swimming pools are at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Bandar Seri Begawan, and at the Mumong Sports in Kuala Belait. A nominal entry fee is charged.

There are public courts at National Stadium. They are open daily except Friday and Sunday, and bookings can be made at the stadium. Fees are very moderate.

Windsurfing and Kayaking
Boards can be hired for a small hourly fee from the Royal Brunei National Wind surfing Association at Serasa Beach, along with kayaks for those who prefer a gentler form of watersport.

There are a number of snooker clubs in various locations around the centre of Bandar Seri Begawan.

Scuba Diving
Bandar Seri Begawan has a thriving dive club which meets at the Anggerek Desa swimming pool on Monday nights around 8.00 pm. There are also private operators who run boat trips for diving in Brunei Bay at the weekend. They offer kit hire, guided dives, and courses of instruction. To contact the club by telephone, ring the Diving Officer on 02-332077.

Hawker-Style Food
Hawker centres offer fine local delicacies at very reasonable prices. Favourite dishes include satay, noodles, rice, whole roasted chickens, grilled fish and steamboats. Hawker food can be found along the Brunei River in downtown Bandar Seri Begawan, and in a purpose-built complex next to Jerudong Park. The Persiaran Damuan park on Jalan Tutong is well known for its popular steamboat dinnersand satay. In Gadong, there is an indoor hawker centre on the ground floor of Yaohan Megamart - which offers a variety of food ranging from quiche to sushi!

buildingRestaurant Dining - Asian
Gadong has a good mix of restaurants offering Asian cuisine. This includes Chinese, Lebanese, Indonesian, Indian, Thai and Japanese food, as well as speciality outlets for seafood and Nonya. Many are family-run enterprises with a comfortable, friendly atmosphere.

Downtown Bandar also has many kedai makan (local eateries), and good seafood restaurants can be found along Jalan Muara and in Muara town. Tutong, Seria and Kuala Belait have a good and varied selection of restaurants.

Chinese cuisineis especially popular in Brunei, and there are many fine authentic restaurants. In Gadong the Emperor's Court and the Szechuan Dynasty are renown, as are the Jade Garden in the Riverview Hotel and the Phong Mun in downtown Bandar.

Restaurant Dining - Western
The major hotels all have cafes which serve a mixture of Asian and western meals, and sumptuous value-formoney buffets. Deals Restaurant in the Sheraton Utama specialises in very high quality nouvelle cuisine. The Buccaneers in Kuala Belait serves excellent British fare in a tudor-style setting.

Fast Food
Fast food has really caught on in Brunei. Pizza Hut, KFC and MacDonalds all have outlets in the city and atJerudong Park. Jollibee, Sugar Bun and Express Burger are local equivalents.

Please note that the public sale and consumption of alcohol is prohibited by law in Brunei, therefore restaurants do not sell alcoholic drinks. Most restaurants open until about 9.00 or 10.00 pm, and reservations may be required at weekends, especially in hotels and the larger Chinese restaurants.

For many travellers, one of the pleasures of visiting another country is finding something of interest and value for oneself, family or friends. From market stalls and "syarikats" " to departmental stores For Souvenirs specific to Brunei, there are a number of stores as listed in this chapter.

The largest shopping mall in Brunei is the recently completed onJalan Mc Arthur. This is a breathtaking piece of architecture with ample parking for visitors. Departmental stores in Brunei include Yaohan, with two locations; Yaohan in Abdul Razak Plaza and in Gadong Centrepoint. Located just out of town on Jalan Muara is another large departmental Store, Tiong Hin. A very popular shopping mall for locals with a good selection of grocery supplies, while upstairs you will find most items from toys to fishing supplies. Downtown Bandar Seri Begawan, Kuala Belait and Seria sport a variety of modern air conditioned outlets and older shop houses. There are also a number of shop at theshorts International Airport,where you can purchase Duty Free items CDs, sports equipment, chocolate and also a good selection of books on the region.
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