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Brunei – travel info

February 15, 2009

As promised, here is a small post about travel information for Brunei.

Getting around the capital Bandar Seri Begawan

Buses are the only form of public transport. Generally they operate between 6am and 6pm which limits you if you want to travel after 6pm.The price of a ticket is about 1 Brunei dollar (80 cents).

Taxis – available 24/7 and for some reason these are expensive, given that oil is cheaper than water there. Expect to pay 25 Brunei dollar for a 5km ride.

Eating and entertainment

Food and drink – you can choose between western eateries, Malaysian food, Indian and some local fare. Prices are cheap depending on where you want to eat. Shopping centres are more expensive than local markets. Most shopping centres are located in the city outskirts. You need transport to get there.

Brunei is a non-alcoholic country but you can bring some liquor in with you.

Nightlife – I think they are still thinking on this one. Don’t expect to live it up in Brunei.

Should I visit?

Brunei is a perfect place to visit for a short break, in that time you can look around the capital city, hire a car or book a trip out of the city and into the smaller villages, or go jungle trekking. If you are looking to see and experience something a little different, this is a good option.

Getting to Brunei

I flew from Singapore with Royal Brunei Air, this is not a budget deal, you can get cheaper return flights from Kuala Lumpur through Asia Air. Depends on what time you want to arrive and depart.

You can also enter Brunei overland from Malaysia, which most budget travellers do.

Any questions I haven’t covered please send me an email or leave a comment.

Caffeinated Traveller

  1. Bear permalink
    February 16, 2009 2:03 pm

    Hi. I was recently flying back home from Dayton Ohio and the airline had an ad playing on the video. Fly to the exotic Middle East was the gist of it and several photos were shown — and I recognized one of them from an earlier post of yours. I had to look the name up but the photo was of the mosque Omar Ali Saifuddien. It really is a beautiful structure.

    You’ve shown that Brunei can be a gem for those of us who like a quieter vibe that allows the locals to stand out more.

    • February 17, 2009 10:43 am

      Bear – actually I was thinking about doing a post in Islamic tourism, this is something Brunei is trying to get into. And its a very good market. Not to forget they have also focused on ecotourism as well which is another post for a future date.

  2. March 5, 2009 9:22 am

    I like Brunei very much. Living there is calm and peace. If you have another chance to revisit Brunei, don’t forget to try their Japanese Food.

    • March 5, 2009 12:43 pm

      Hi Shirley, thanks for your comment, I see you live in Brunei? I would love you to share some more of your travel tips with my readers.

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