is the name of the town in the Belait district of Brunei Darussalam
. The town of Kuala Belait is the second biggest in Brunei after the capital, Bandar Seri Begawan. To distinguish between the town and the district, the town is often called Pekan Belait, or Belait Village. The name "Kuala" means the estuary of a river, or the confluence of two rivers. The town of Kuala Belait is located at the mouth of the Belait River.
Until the turn of the 20th century, Kuala Belait was nothing more than a fishing village. Historically, the administrative centre of the district was at Kuala Balai, which is further up the Belait River. However, when petroleum was discovered in Padang Berawa (now called Seria), a new administrative centre was built at the mouth of the Belait River to ease communication.
If you do not have your own transport, the best way is to take a taxi. The taxi stand is at the north end of Jalan Pretty, the main road, facing the local HSBC Building. Taxi fares start at B$3.00. The bus stop is across from the taxi stand.
Towns in Kuala Belait
- Seria is a town in the Belait district of Brunei. This is the heart of Brunei's oil production centre, and the coast between Seria and Kuala Belait is where you can see the housing for those involved in the petroleum industry. The Pan Borneo Highway connects Seria with the other towns in Brunei, and continues to Sarawak and Sabah. You can catch a bus here from Bandar Seri Begawan, but better still if you can rent a car and drive here.
Places of Interest in Kuala Belait Town
- Istana Mangelella
- Silver Jubilee Park
- Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah 50th Birthday Monument
- The Teapot Roundabout
Recreational Parks in Kuala Beliat
- Sungai Liang Recreational Forest is a protected forest in the Belait district of Brunei. It is located about 70 km from Bandar Seri Begawan. To get there, drive about an hour along the coastal highway (which is part of the Pan Borneo Highway) and then turn towards the road to Labi. Sungai Liang Recreational Forest is about 450 meters from the junction.
- Luagan Lalak Recreational Park
- Wasai Wong Kadir
Villages in Kuala Beliat
The town of Kuala Belait comprises areas which are known as kampong, or village. They are:
- Kampong Cina
- Kampong Lubok Palam
- Kampong Melayu Asli
- Kampong Melayu Baru
- Kampong Pekan Belait
- Kampong Sungai Teraban
- Kampong Temenggong
In addition, there are also villages surrounding the municipality of Kuala Belait that serve as a suburb to the town.
- Kampong Pandan
- Kampong Sungai Duhon
- Kampong Sungai Teraban
- Kampong Rasau
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