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2024 brunei travel guide blog with diy itinerary, things to do, tourist spots, budget, tips and more for first-timers.

NEW UPDATED THINGS TO DO IN BRUNEI TRAVEL GUIDE BLOG 2024

Traveling to Brunei for the first time this 2024? Check out this BRUNEI TRAVEL GUIDE BLOG with DIY Itinerary, top things to do in Brunei, best tourist spots, budget, breakdown of expenses, hotel recommendations, travel tips, and more!

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2024 BRUNEI TRAVEL GUIDE FOR FIRST-TIMERS (Things to Do, Tourist Spots, Itinerary and More!)

Brunei visa requirements, how to stay connected in brunei, esim details.

  • Validity: 14-30 days
  • Internet speed: 4G/3G/Unlimited data speed up to 128kbps
  • Service type: Data only
  • Coverage area: Brunei
  • Data limit: Unlimited
  • Hotspot Sharing: Yes
  • Local telecom operator: UNN

WHERE TO EXCHANGE CURRENCY?

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WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT?

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TRANSPORTATION IN BRUNEI

From brunei airport to city center, going around the city.

HOTELS IN BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN BRUNEI

WHERE TO STAY IN BRUNEI?

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Hotel Gina Suite

Top-rated hotels in brunei, top 15 things to do, tourist spots and attractions in brunei (including free attractions).

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1. Visit Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

  • Monday-Wednesday & Saturday - 08:00 AM – 12:00 NN / 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM / 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM
  • Sunday - 10:45 AM - 12:00 NN / 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM / 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM
  • Thursday & Friday - Closed

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2. Explore the Historic Royal Regalia Museum

  • Sunday – Thursday - 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM
  • Saturday - 09:45 AM – 05:00 PM
  • Friday - 09:00 AM – 11:30 AM and 02:30 PM - 05:00 PM

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3. Visit Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

  • Monday-Wednesday & Saturday - 08:00 AM – 12:00 NN / 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM / 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM
  • Thursday & Friday - Closed

√ For hassle-free tour, you may join a Brunei Half Day City Tour in Bandar Seri Begawan .

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4. Enjoy Bandar Seri Begawan Waterfront and Park

THINGS TO DO IN BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN BRUNEI

5.Take a Motor Boat and Cruise along Brunei River

√ for ease and convenience i highly recommend booking a proboscis monkey encounter tour with a hassle-free and all-in tour, all you need to do is relax and enjoy the included hotel pick-up and drop-off service with a professional driver and guide. book a tour here.

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6. Visit Kampong Ayer

√ for a hassle-free experience, you may also book a half day city & water village tour in brunei , and learn more about its cultural history..

WHAT TO DO IN BRUNEI TRIP DIY ITINERARY BLOG

7. See the Proboscis Monkeys at the Mangroves along Brunei River

WHAT TO DO IN BRUNEI TRIP DIY ITINERARY BLOG

8. Visit Istana Nurul Iman Palace

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9. Meet the Royal Family of Brunei during Hari Raya

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10. Wander, Eat and Shop at The Mall Gadong

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11. Visit Teng Yun Temple

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12. Take a photo of Perpuspaan Main Gate 1968

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13. Have a Taste of the Local Dishes

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14. Souvenir Shopping

THINGS TO DO IN BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN BRUNEI

15. Enjoy the sunset

THINGS TO DO IN BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN BRUNEI

There you have it! My 15 Top Best Things to do in Brunei Darussalam! Enjoy, have fun and discover the best of Brunei! Now, let's prepare our Brunei DIY itinerary.

√ for a hassle-free experience, i highly recommend booking these tours:.

  • Brunei Half Day City Tour in Bandar Seri Begawan
  • Brunei Water Village Tour
  • Proboscis Monkey Encounter Tour
  • Half Day City & Water Village Tour

SAMPLE DIY BRUNEI ITINERARY 3 DAYS & 2 NIGHTS

Day 1 - arrival in brunei.

  • 08:45 PM - Depart from Manila
  • 11:05 PM - Estimated arrival in Brunei. Change money, clear immigration and customs.
  • 11:40 PM - Take a taxi/private car to your hotel ($25 BND / 2 = 12.50 BND per person) .
  • 12:00 MN - Check-in at the hotel and sleep

Total Expenses: $12.50 BND or 483.50 PHP per person

Day 2 - meet the royal family + city tour part 1.

  • 05:00 AM - Wake up. Prepare.
  • 06:00 AM - Depart for Bandar. Take bus 01 to Bandar bus station ($1 BND) .
  • 06:20 AM - Arrive at Bandar bus station. Take bus "Jalan Istana" ($2 BND) .
  • 06:40 AM - Arrive at Istana Nurul Iman Palace.
  • 07:00 AM - Line up to go inside the palace.
  • Have breakfast inside the palace
  • Meet and shake hands with the royal family
  • 12:00 NN - Go out of the palace.
  • 12:15 PM - Take a bus back to Bandar bus station ($2 BND) .
  • 12:35 PM - Have lunch at the city center ($7 BND) .
  • 01:30 PM - Visit Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque.
  • 03:00 PM - Visit other spots in the city such as the park and waterfront, Perpuspaan Main Gate 1968 and Teng Yun Temple.
  • 05:00 PM - Enjoy the sunset.
  • 05:40 PM - Go to Bandar bus station and take bus 01 to your hotel ($1 BND) .
  • 06:10 PM - Back at the hotel .
  • 07:00 PM - Dinner ($7 BND)

Total Expenses: $20 BND or 773.60 PHP per person

Day 3 - city tour part 2, shopping and departure.

  • 07:00 AM - Prepare your bags for early check-out. Leave bags at the hotel .
  • 08:00 AM - Take bus 01 to Bandar bus station ($1 BND) .
  • 08:20 AM - Arrive at the bus station, have breakfast nearby ($7 BND) .
  • 09:00 AM - Walk to the waterfront.
  • 09:15 AM - Hire a boat to tour you along Brunei River. Visit Kampong Ayer, see Proboscis Monkeys and visit the Mangroves ($20 BND / 2 = 10 BND per person) .
  • 10:30 AM - Back at the waterfront. Walk to Royal Regalia Museum.
  • 11:00 AM - Explore Royal Regalia Museum.
  • 12:00 NN - Have lunch ($7 BND) .
  • 01:00 PM - Go to the bus station and take bus 01 and alight at Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque ($1 BND) .
  • 01:25 PM - Arrive at Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque. Go inside and visit the mosque.
  • 03:00 PM - Take bus 01 again and alight at The Mall Gadong ($1 BND) .
  • 03:15 PM - Arrive at The Mall Gadong. Explore, buy souvenirs and pasalubong.
  • 05:30 PM - Take bus 01 to your hotel ($1 BND) .
  • 06:00 PM - Arrive at the hotel and pick-up your bags.
  • 06:30 PM - Take a private car to the airport (ask the hotel to call a car for you) ($25 BND / 2 = 12.50 BND per person) .
  • 07:00 PM - Arrive at the airport and have dinner ($10 BND) .
  • 08:00 PM - Check-in for your flight.
  • 11:25 PM - Depart Brunei.

Total Expenses: $50.50 BND or 1,953.34 PHP per person

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BRUNEI TRIP BUDGET AND EXPENSES

  • You will be traveling in a group of 2 and will be sharing the expenses.
  • You'll be arriving late, so you will be taking the private car from the airport to your hotel.
  • Going back to the airport for your departure, you'll also be taking a private car service.
  • You'll be staying at Gina Suite for PHP 1,850 per night x 2 nights = PHP 3,640 / 2 = PHP 1,850 per person. Check room rates and availability here .

BREAKDOWN OF EXPENSES

  • Day 1 - ₱ 483.00
  • Day 2 - ₱ 773.60
  • Day 3 - ₱ 1,953.34
  • Hotel - ₱ 1,850.00

TOTAL - ₱ 5,060.00 per person

Cheap flights to brunei, brunei travel tips and reminders for first-timers.

  • Weather in Brunei is most of the time hot and humid. It is suggested that you wear light and breathable clothes , but not too revealing. Also, don't forget to bring light jacket, umbrella or raincoat for occasional rains.
  • Bandar Seri Begawan is a very walkable city. If you chose to explore the city by foot, it is best to wear comfortable footwear or sandals that you can easily take off when entering the mosques.
  • When visiting places of worship such as mosques, do not wear tank tops (or other sleeveless shirts), see-through shirts, or shorts. Before traveling to Brunei, be sure to pack your bags with clothes appropriate when visiting a mosque . For men, it is important to wear pants, short-sleeved shirts are okay. For women, you should cover your hair and arms, ankle-length skirts or pants are required. Always take off your shoes before entering a mosque.
  • If you're visiting during Hari Raya and wants to meet the sultan, be sure to wear formal clothes.
  • Drinking alcohol is prohibited in Brunei.
  • Smoking is allowed, but in designated areas only. There is no allowance for bringing in cigarettes, each pack should be declared and taxed.
  • The power plugs and sockets are of type G which has three rectangular blades in a triangular pattern and has an incorporated fuse. The standard voltage is 240 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. Don't forget to bring a Universal Adapter Plug so you could charge your gadgets. If you forgot to bring one, ask the reception of your hotel if you could borrow an adapter plug.
  • Brunei is predominantly Muslim country. Do not bring any religious items and items (such as food or pornographic materials) that are prohibited in Islam.

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Ultimate Brunei Itinerary – How to Fully Cover the Country in 3 Days

June 25, 2019 by Bino 13 Comments

Nestled in the northern part of the island of Borneo, the oil-rich state of Brunei is one of the smallest countries in Asia and also one of the least visited. If you fancy history and amazing architecture (particularly Islamic) with a bit of the tropical vibe thrown in, then Brunei is for you. As a developed country and owing to its small size, it is relatively easy to get around and you can conveniently see the sights of Brunei within a few days. Personally, I found three nights to be enough to see Brunei. Here is my suggested itinerary for a trip to the country:

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omar ali saifuddien mosque in bandar seri begawan

Table of Contents

Day 1 – Bandar Seri Begawan / Kampong Ayer

Stroll the grounds of the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque and marvel at its ornate marbled exterior. Do this as your first stop in the morning to “whet your appetite” on Brunei. Check out the main dome which is covered in pure gold. Admission is free and you can enter the mosque outside of prayer hours.

From here, it is just a short walk from the Yayasan Complex from where you can buy souvenirs or stock up on groceries if you are ever in need of any. The area is also filled with restaurants and you can stop here for lunch. If you’re not feeling peckish, the area immediately east of Yayasan Complex contains the Teng Yun temple (the oldest in Brunei) and has a number of traditional family-run stores – an interesting place for a short stroll.

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the jame asr bolkiah mosque

It’s a short walk to the Royal Regalia Museum which features a number of objects including gifts the Sultan of Brunei has received over the years as well as equipment used during his coronation and silver jubilee (check out the royal chariot in the entrance hall). Opening hours: Sun-Thu from 9am to 5pm, Fri 9-11.30am & 2.30-5pm, Sat 9.45am-5pm, last entry 4.30pm.

Head over to the Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque . Built in 1994, this is Brunei’s largest mosque and it boasts of 29 golden domes. Surrounded by a landscaped garden as well as fountains, it’s also a noteworthy sight in the evening when the mosque is floodlit. From the city center, you can take Bus #1 and stop right by the gate. Do note the opening hours: 8am-noon, 2-3pm & 5-6pm Mon-Wed & Sat, 10.45am-noon, 2-3pm & 5-6pm Sun, closed Thu & Fri

Take the #1 bus again and head back to Bandar Seri Begawan in the late afternoon. By this time, it won’t be too hot to visit Kampong Ayer (the water village). Point to point rides around Kampong Ayer cost $1 while a one hour boat ride around Kampong Ayer should not cost more than $10. So what will you get to see within that hour? You’ll be shown places such as the floating fire station, floating mosque, floating school and plenty of houses built on stilts. You can also ask the boat man to take you for a glimpse of the Istana Nurul Iman, the residence of the sultan. If you have time, you should also check out the Kampong Ayer Museum which details the history of the area. An overnight stay in one of the houses on stilts is also possible if you wish to spend more time there.

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long boats at the ulu temburong national park

Day 2 – Ulu Temburong National Park

Morning & Afternoon

Head out to Ulu Temburong National Park – a trip which will take you the entire day. The journey is an adventure in itself where from downtown BSB, you’ll take a ride through mangroves on a speedboat to the lodge before being transferred to a longboat. Exploration of the national park generally includes various attractions such as the waterfall with “fish spa” and an exhilarating climb up a rickety set of stairs to the canopy walk for a bird’s eye view of the rainforest.

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translucent waters at the national park

Most tours start at around 7:30AM from the pier in Bandar Seri Begawan and end at around 5pm.

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enormous pool area of the empire hotel, brunei

Tip: Singapore Dollars can also be used in Brunei at a rate of 1:1.

Day 3 – Gadong & Chilling at Empire Hotel

Chill at one of the most resplendent hotels in the world, the Empire Hotel & Country Club – where you should give yourself a treat and stay at least a night. A self-styled 6-star property, you can either have a relaxing time inside the luxurious room or chill outdoors. There’s a decent beach with a lagoon that is good for swimming and kayaking. For sports enthusiasts, the property has actually won a couple of awards for golfing.

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the beach of the empire hotel

Afternoon & Evening

For some last minute shopping, go to The Mall at Gadong – Brunei’s largest shopping center. It’s a mostly modern affair where you can find high street brands. From Empire Hotel, #57/58 bus will take you there.

A short walk from the shopping center is Gadong Night Market . You will find a lot of interesting eats in the outdoor space from 4PM onwards. Make sure to try the pulut panggang (rice stuffed with meat and wrapped in banana leaves), local kueh (small cakes) as well as the grilled seafood.

If you have extra time in Brunei…

Not a must-see but if you find yourself with extra time in Brunei, consider making the 1.5 hour trip to Seria in western Brunei to gain a better understanding of the industry that’s powering the economy of the nation. There is a monument dedicated to the billionth barrel of oil extracted in Brunei and it’s erected in the site of the first oil well discovered in the country.

Travel Tips for Brunei

  • Singapore Dollars can also be used in Brunei and the exchange rate is 1:1. Likewise, if you have leftover Brunei Dollars, you can easily use them in Singapore.
  • As a rule of thumb, taxi fares from the airport to downtown Bandar Seri Begawan should cost no more than B$25. If you’re heading to Empire Hotel from the airport, the fare should be around B$15.
  • Brunei is under Sharia law and all restaurants and eateries are closed from 12 noon to 2pm every Friday. To save yourself from getting hungry during lunch time, you may take an early lunch or buy a takeaway meal.
  • I typically shop around when buying travel insurance and using this travel insurance aggregator allows me to compare prices and benefits in one glance. 

Where to stay in Brunei

I have stayed in a number of lodging options in Brunei. To experience the best that the country has the offer, do book at least one night at Empire Hotel and Country Club . The property is an attraction in itself. For something closer to the city, the recently renovated Radisson Hotel Brunei is an excellent choice. You can also compare for the best prices for Brunei hotels HERE .

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August 25, 2017 at 12:36 am

I’m going to Brunei tomorrow. Thank you so much for this useful post!

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August 29, 2017 at 10:25 pm

No problem! Hope it was helpful!

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January 8, 2018 at 8:22 pm

Your post is very useful, thanks!

I’m going there this August, is the weather good for travelling that time? How’s the actual weather?

January 9, 2018 at 3:48 pm

It’s ok at that time but there’s a tendency to have haze — it’s a seasonal thing and dependent on wind patterns.

January 10, 2018 at 12:42 pm

Thanks for that info, will take note of that.

January 11, 2018 at 9:32 am

One more question, is it possible to go inside the Empire Hotel and Country Club and use the amenities (even with a fee, it’s ok) or at least stroll along the beachfront even if you did not check in on the hotel?

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February 1, 2018 at 8:57 pm

Very informative & useful post! ? thanks!

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February 28, 2018 at 11:30 pm

This is one of the most detailed and practical itineraries for Brunei which I’ve read in a while, Bino! Now I feel ready to cross Brunei off my bucket list and thus, your post will come in handy. When would it be the best time fo the year to explore Brunei?

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March 10, 2018 at 10:19 am

Hi, will you suggest car rent at brunei if we have 4 adult & 2 small kids? For 4 days 3 nights (perhaps 2 nights at city & 1 night at empire hotel. TQ

March 10, 2018 at 11:12 pm

Yes, car rental sounds sensible for a family. It’ll be hard to bring the kids along if you commute.

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June 18, 2018 at 4:16 am

HI Bino Great information – thank you. Would suggest taking an organised tour or could we do this on our own using public transportation or taxis?

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July 27, 2021 at 2:29 am

Does tourists can visit the palace during Id El Fiter or only local citizens.

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March 6, 2023 at 11:51 am

Hi which tour you booked to go to ulu temburong?

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Travel in Brunei: Everything You Should Know Before You Visit

Categories Destinations , Asia , Brunei

Travel in Brunei: Everything You Should Know Before  You Visit

I have to be honest. Travel in Brunei has never been at the top of my list for a variety of reasons. Life had other plans and I landed up spending three months in the country, making Borneo the island that I had spent the longest on.

One thing that I did realize after those three months is that I had been wrong about the country on so many counts and right in a few others. Do I miss Brunei? I do.

I miss the forests and the peace that the country has and most of all I miss Shawn because he had to stay back for a couple of months while I returned to India. With three months of exploring and travel in Brunei, I feel competent enough to write a detailed guide to the country so let’s plunge in shall we?

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The Global Consensus And Actual Travel In Brunei

Before I headed out to Brunei, I did a lot of research on the place. I looked at the news articles and the travel blogs. I must say that while the Brunei travel blogs talked about a smattering of things to do in Brunei, the media talked about how restrictive the country was.

Staying for three months in such a country did not seem pleasant to me but at that point I did not have much of a choice. Three days in however and my whole perspective took a drastic change. Why?

The thing about Brunei is that it has been in the news for all the wrong reasons and since traveling through the country is not popular because of its location, it is hardly ever explored properly. It doesn’t take you long to realize that the people in Brunei are some of the friendliest people you will meet.

I had someone hand me a box full of jackfruit on day one for free just because I said I loved it. It was something that happened (with other things) over and over again throughout my stay and it emphasizes just how generous people are.

What about the Sharia Law?

Now while I did fall in love with the country, I have to say that I did not agree with a lot of things. The Sharia law was one of those things. Unfortunately for us, we were in the country when the second wave of the Sharia law implementation took place.

My particular beef was with the laws involving the LGBTQ community. Luckily, the Sultan was forced to backtrack from some of the harsher punishments that were due to be implemented.

To Write Or Not To Write About Travel In Brunei

With all this in mind, I found myself at a crossroads. Do I write about travel in Brunei or not? I finally decided that I would write about it largely to talk about my feelings and the things that I did like about the country.

After all, Brunei is not very well documented, and I found myself exploring lesser visited destinations. Talking to the expats and the locals in the smaller town that I lived in reminded me that I wrote for the people who needed it. Factual tips about travel and living in a country that I spent a long while in.

Navigating Through The Brunei Travel Guide

In order to help you navigate through Globetrove’s Brunei Travel Guide, I have divided it into sections so that you can scroll directly down to the part of the post you want to access.

Expect the post to be long because I have a lot to share and talk about. I hope that the Brunei Travel Guide will help you if you do consider travel to the country or find yourself inside its borders for some reason.

  • Facts about Brunei
  • Facts for the visitor
  • Things to do in Brunei

BRUNEI TRAVEL GUIDE: Facts About Brunei

Travel in Brunei is not complete without visiting the board walk.

Travel in Brunei is not complete without visiting the board walk.

Let’s talk about the country before we get into the specifics about travel in Brunei. I always find that knowing about the location you head to in advance gives you a more immersive feel when you actually touch down. That is why I like to read up a bit on the weather, geography, history and culture before I start exploring.

Brunei has an interesting past. Today, the country is ruled by a Sultan but it wasn’t always so. In 1888, Brunei became a British protectorate. Till date you will find a British Garrison in Brunei. Things however began to change around 1929 when petroleum production began.

It was this production that turned the tides for Brunei and till today it is what sustains the economy of the country. For a brief period during 1941-1945 in the World War II, Brunei found itself being occupied by he Japanese. The British however later returned and eventually, negotiations were made for the independence of Brunei.

Once Brunei stabilized politically in the 1970’s, it quickly rose to become one of the most flourishing economies in the world thanks to the amount of petroleum that was and continues to be produced in the country. It does not come as a surprise therefore that there are a lot of expats (who are linked to the oil industry) that live in the oil towns of Brunei.

One of the first things that I realized during my travel in Brunei was that the entire landscape appears green. Okay, you may not see as much of this in Bandar Seri Begawan which is the capital of Brunei but the moment you start heading out of the city, the landscape changes rather dramatically.

The forest cover of the country is spectacular and many of the locals love walking through the numerous forest reserves and natural parks . Ulu Temburong however remains the most popular natural park that tourists visit.

Brunei has a tropical climate which means that you can expect it to be hot and humid. It rains during a large part of the year and when I say rains, I mean that it pours! So you need to plan what to pack accordingly. I recently wrote a whole guide to what to pack when visiting Brunei. You can find the link to the post below.

RELATED ARTICLES: The Ultimate Packing List For Brunei

The currency in Brunei is called the Bruneian Dollar and is often abbreviated as BND. Since it is benchmarked against the Singaporean dollar, both currency are valid tender in the country. I found this rather surprising at first but then I realized that it was part and parcel of life in Brunei.

One of the things that surprised me about travel in Brunei was the food. The food is surprisingly multicultural with large influences from the Malaysian, Singaporean,, Indonesian and Indian cuisines. That however isn’t all. It also has a thriving fast food industry.

Burgers are big deal in the country and you see them at all the local stalls. Italian food is also highly loved. I won’t do into the details of it since I have already written an in depth article about the food in Brunei.

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BRUNEI TRAVEL GUIDE: Facts For The Visitor

Transport in Brunei

If you are considering travel in Brunei, then you may want to arm yourself with a couple of facts like how to get into the country, what is the transportation like, where should you stay etc. In order to make your quest for this information a bit easier, we have compiled as much pertinent information as we could in this segment of the Brunei Travel Guide.

Entering The Country

There are two main ways to enter Brunei and those are by the land borders and by air. I have however heard that the government is encouraging cruise ships to dock in Brunei to promote tourism in the country.

Flying into Brunei is a popular choice if you are heading just to the country itself. Many however choose to take one of the cheaper flights to either Kota Kinabalu (Sabah, Malaysia) or Miri (Sarawak, Malaysia) and then backpack their way through. There are a couple of cheapish flights that ply between these cities and the route through remains a popular one.

One of my pet peeves in Brunei was the transport. There is not much public transport to talk off. A couple of stray buses that head out of the main city but that is it. Everyone owns a car and, in some cases, multiple cars. There are cabs but they are extremely expensive when you compare the rates to the rest of Asia. Yes! Brunei is expensive so keep that in mind too!

Accommodation

Accommodation is definitely something that you will need to consider when you think about travel in Brunei. While we personally stayed closer to Kuala Belait which is a small town in Brunei, I wouldn’t recommend heading that far out if you are just passing through.

Most of the spots that you would see as a tourist are in or close to the capital city named Bandar Seri Begawan. Finding accommodation there would be the wisest. If you are looking for an experience, then think of staying in Kampung Ayer also known as Brunei’s water village.

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One of the things that you should keep in mind when it comes to travel in Brunei is the dress code. While there are a couple of foreigners that wear knee level shorts, I would suggest staying modest. Loose cotton clothes is the way to go especially since the weather is hot and humid.

Avoid thicker fabrics. I preferred white and light colours for this very same reason. Carry a scarf or a shawl that you can use to cover your head when you enter a mosque or religious building. As a rule, most people are not bothered about what you wear but I would still err on the side of caution.

BRUNEI TRAVEL GUIDE: Things To Do In Brunei

Masjid Omar Ali Saifuddein Dan Bahtera Mahligai

Travel in Brunei should definitely include visiting the different religious structures in the country.

When I talk about travel in Brunei, a lot of people stop me and ask me where Brunei is. Unlike its popular neighbours Malaysia and Indonesia, Brunei covers just a small piece of land on the mighty island of Borneo. A large part of this land is covered with forests and hence it does not come as a surprise that there are few tourist related activities to indulge in.

Main Cities In Brunei

Bandar Seri Begawan is the capital city of Brunei and is the place with most of the activities that as a tourist you would seek out. In fact, as far happening places in Brunei go, this is as bustling as it gets. The other cities are smaller and definitely less touristic.

Kuala Belait and Seria are two sleepy towns that lie closer to the Malaysian border. These two are oil towns and are largely populated by expats. Jerudong, Tutong and Gadong are other popular cities.

Religious Monuments

One of the main items that everyone talks about when they head to Brunei is the gorgeous mosques in the country. While I have had a chance to just visit one of them, I have seen many of them as we passed by. They are without a doubt gorgeous and well worth exploring if you have the time.

National Parks

Remember when I mentioned that Brunei is covered by forests? You can see this as you swoop in with your flight. Brunei has a number of forests that are protected and luckily deforestation is not a threat here as compared to neighbouring Malaysia.

They do however have some problems with forest fires during the hotter months and it can get bad with the highways being closed. Most of these forests however have parks that are incorporated into them so you can trek and enjoy nature. They are so profuse that you will definitely find a green spot no matter which part of Brunei you stay in.

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BRUNEI TRAVEL GUIDE: Experiences You Should Not Miss

As with every country, you will find that while you travel in Brunei, there are a couple of experiences that you really should not miss. While most of the notable sites can be covered in a two to three days (if you choose to visit Ulu Temburong), most of the sites are within the city of Bandar Seri Begawan and you don’t have to travel far. 

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A Very Honest Overview Of Travelling ‘Boring’ Brunei

Everyone tells me Brunei is boring. Really? I wanted to find out for myself. It was a 4-days-3-nights spontaneous decision to heed the call of #DiscoverBrunei and enter what Brunei Tourism calls the “Kingdom of Unexpected Treasures”. 

It’s easy to see why hardly anyone considers travelling to Brunei as a holiday destination despite attempts to market it as an underrated travel destination. 5 hours into Brunei and I saw why everyone who has lived in this oil-rich country tells me “Brunei is boring, there’s nothing to see or do here.”

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Down the Brunei river

Brunei is not at all impressive at the first sight, especially for a Malaysian. Their government-commissioned travel pamphlets ramble a list of all too familiar sights and sounds: water village, mosques, rainforests, pasars and a list of food that do not stray too far from the Malaysian menu. There is zero nightlife and everything closes at about 9pm. The locals speak the same Malay tinged with an accent and their English is perfect, perfectly similar to the beautiful sound of Manglish.

True to its status as a hudud-enforced Muslim nation, Brunei is a dry country. You won’t be able to buy a single drop of alcohol here (not even at the airport), unless you know a guy who knows a guy in the underground drinking market. Or else, you’d have to drive two hours to the Brunei-Miri border where all the booze and bars are.

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Situated in Bangsar Seri Begawan, Kampong Ayer is both largest attraction in the capital and the largest water village in the world

In Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital city, there is no city buzz nor glitzy skyscrapers. The streets are quiet in the day as it is at night. If I were to remove the word “Brunei” from the signboards, I could’ve mistaken Brunei Darussalam as Kelantan Darul Naim, Terengganu Darul Iman or Kedah Darul Aman. That was what Brunei felt like from the get-go – familiar and comfortable.

Upon arriving, the first thing I wanted to know was if the rumours I heard as a child were true. Are the floors really paved in gold? Is there a glorious amusement park with free entry?

“True, but not exactly,” Jun Lee, a true blue Bruneian whom I met at the guesthouse told me. The streets are not paved in gold, but the dome of the country’s icon, the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque is. The Jerudong Park amusement park used to be free during its glory days, but is not exactly free anymore.

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Brunei’s iconic Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, where the dome is plated with gold and the marble columns are imported from Italy

My Brunei travel partner Matt and I have just met Jun and he immediately offered to drive us into town. The ride quickly became more than that as Jun played tour guide, driving us to the interesting sights in town and feeding us with unexpected factoids – like how they imported marble from Italy to build the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, how the Brunei Sultan used to own all of Borneo, and how the Malaysian Sultan gifted Brunei a questionable blue clock.

As we listened to Jun’s story, the dull facade of Brunei was slowly filled in with colours. My favourite story was how the name of Nasi Katok, Brunei’s version of Nasi Lemak, came to be. Nasi Katok was originally sold from homes. To buy a packet, you’d have to knock, knock, knock on the door until the house owner answers. ‘Ketuk’ is the Malay word for knock and ‘nasi’ translates to rice, hence the name Nasi Katok. 

I thought the country have moved on from the Nasi Katok “knock to buy” model but I was sorely wrong. While we were visiting Kampong Ayer, a massive water village complete with schools, fire department and police stations, we saw signs selling ice-cream for a few cents. The A4 paper signs were tacked by the front door, but the door was closed and there was no one in sight. We knocked on the first shop; nobody answered. We tried the next shop and after a couple of knocks, we heard footsteps shuffling towards the door.

The door opened to reveal a young boy, barely 10. He opened the door just large enough for his head to poke out. I caught a glimpsed of a television set in what looks like a living room behind him. This is obviously not a shop.

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Ice cream at Kampong Ayer

“Ya?” his small pre-pubescent voice piped up. “You sell ice cream?” We asked.

He confirmed that we can procure ice cream from this establishment. He asked us for our flavours, closed the door, and ran in to get the goods. Then, he opened the door to inform us that they were out of watermelon flavour. We said it’s okay, what about durian and cocktail? He closed the door. He opened the door with ice-cream in hand to exchange the goods and money. He closed the door again to get change. Finally, he opened the door one last time to return our change and bid us good-bye.

That was the most confusing and intense ice cream purchase ever. I wasn’t sure if we were buying ice cream or cocaine. Whatever it was, it wasn’t very good.

The more we saw these unexpected quirks of Brunei, the more Brunei grew on us. For such a loaded country, Brunei does not boast its riches. While the rest of the world chases after the titled of world’s tallest building, biggest this and longest that, Brunei is happy with the world’s largest water village and a gold-plated mosque. Those, however, do not look like efforts to win some global kiasu contest. They look like sincere efforts to maintain their culture and heritage. For one, Kampong Ayer was always large to start with. It was the country’s administrative centre until some white guy told them it’s not proper for government offices to be on water.

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Muara beach in Brunei is comparable to Port Dickson in local crowd and quality

I’ll admit it – the locals are right, there is not much to see, do nor buy in Brunei. The city will keep you occupied for half a day at most. There are two beaches, both are public and serve as a recreation park for the locals. The water is murky and there are sandflies so don’t expect any sunbathing. The other notable sights, an Iban longhouse, and the Ulu Temburong National Park are supposed to be amazing yet they are more than 2 hours away from the city. I’m gutted I didn’t have time to visit the forests, but let me tell you about diving in Brunei. 

Oh, Brunei has such amazing diving that deserves more recognition! Unbeknownst to many, Brunei is one of the world’s best wreck dive sites. It is also nudibranch heaven and a mecca for underwater photographers. I did 6 dives with Brunei’s best dive centre  Oceanic Quest  and saw more nudis that I can count. There were also seahorses, octopus, scorpionfish; there were reef dives, wreck dives, oil rigs… The Brunei diving scene is definitely a story to tell in my next post . 

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#DiveBrunei because it has great shipwrecks with even better stories. Photo via Oceanic Quest.

If the land attractions didn’t make me feel for Brunei, the underwater scenes definitely did it for me. At the end of my 4-day travel in Brunei, it hit me that when residents say Brunei is boring, they are not moaning about it; they are merely stating a fact. If you further the conversation past “there is nothing to do in Brunei”, they will tell you that Brunei is a good place to live and one that they enjoy. The currency is strong, there is no stressful traffic jams, it’s very peaceful, crime is low, and is a healthy place to bring up a family.

According to Jun, they have more quality time to spend with their families and the luxury to explore their hobbies because there aren’t any vices to distract them. True enough, one evening at the park we spotted several families out for a lovely barbecue picnic. On the water, there were people zooming past in a very expensive hobby Matt excitedly calls “the F1 of boats”.

On top of that, all the Bruneians we met here are a friendly and happy bunch. Drivers would patiently stop for pedestrians, shop owners would strike up interesting conversations with us, one passerby at Pasar Gadong saw us tucking into a grilled fish delicacy and stopped to tell us exactly what we were eating (fish wrapped in leaves and grilled with tamarind). They are the kind of people who would stop and offer you a ride if they see you walking on the streets alone.

Brunei is not an exciting country to travel and does not try to be one. The pace is slow and the vibe is chilled out. It’s not the destination for tourists looking for an explosive holiday with tonnes to see, do and buy. If you want a small hometown vibe where you can slow down and discover the forests, diving, and people, then Brunei will be your cup of tea.  Brunei may not have much to offer on paper, but a Kingdom of Unexpected Treasures it is indeed.

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Mei’s Brunei travel tips:

  • According to the locals, the best place to eat in Brunei is a Japanese restaurant called Kaizen Sushi . It’s delicious, but it’s also exactly the same as any Japanese restaurants in the Klang Valley. Price is about $B45 per person. Call early to book a window seat with a view of Kampong Ayer. 
  • You won’t be able to buy alcohol in Brunei. Non-Muslims above 17 are allowed to bring in 2 litres of liquor or 330ml of beer (about 12 cans) upon entering the country. More info here . 
  • The Bruneian dollar is pegged to the Singapore dollar. $SG is accepted in Brunei and vice versa, though you are likely to get a look from the Singaporean cashiers.
  • Buses are the only public transportation in Brunei and it ends at about 8pm. Towns are far and wide apart so start your day early or rent a car.
  • Avoid taxis , they are expensive as hell. Everyone owns a car in Brunei; nobody uses the taxis. A taxi driver told us that there are only about 40-odd taxis in the country. One 30-minute ride we took from Gadong to Muara cost us about $B40 (RM121).
  • The Brunei airport is very, very strict with the cabin luggage policy. They weigh your luggage twice, once upon check-in and another at the boarding gate. Make sure you only carry one cabin bag and one small handbag. I was using a half empty 10litre bag pack as my handbag and they stopped me. They weighed both my bag pack and cabin luggage to make sure that the combined weight did not exceed 7kgs.
  • The best time to dive in Brunei is between April to August. Read: Make Brunei Your Next Dive Trip: Everything You Need To Know .
  • Brunei is a very safe country for backpackers. Read: Is Brunei Safe For Solo Women Travellers? 

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Kampong Ayer is the most, if not only, photogenic place in Bandar Seri Begawan

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The 18 Unforgettable Things to Do in Brunei: Discover the Hidden Treasures:

Welcome to an extraordinary adventure in Brunei. Prepare to uncover the hidden treasures of this captivating destination as we present to you things to do in Brunei . From majestic mosques to lush rainforests and cultural experiences that will leave an indelible mark on your heart, Brunei offers a wealth of experiences for every traveler.

Here you will find plenty of free and affordable things to do in Brunei . You can stroll through Kampong Ayer, a traditional water village. You can visit the Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, one of the most stunning mosques in Brunei. Or you can go on a jungle hike in Ulu Temburong National Park, where you can see proboscis monkeys, hornbills, and other wildlife.

You will undoubtedly find a lot of fun things to do and see in Brunei. So, here are the 18 best things to do in Brunei to make the most of your time and less of your budget. 

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The 16 Best Things to Do in Brunei on your first trip.

1. visit the water village (kampong ayer).

Kampung-Ayer

The first place to visit in Brunei is Water village or locally known as Kampong Ayer .  Kampong Ayer, recognised as “Venice of the East” is situated at Brunei’s center, Bandar Seri Begawan. This renowned traditional village offers a unique experience.

You will be exploring the nearby mangrove forests to catch glimpses of Brunei’s fascinating riverside animals, including monkeys and crocodiles. Here you can take a walk to the Kampong Ayer Cultural & Tourism Gallery and explore it. Or you can take a boat ride to the Gallery. To enjoy the vacation to the fullest consider visiting here when you are in Brunei.

How to get Kampong Ayer: The best way to get to Kampong Ayer is by taking a water taxi from Bandar Seri Begawan. Water taxis are available at the jetty near the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex. The ride to Kampong Ayer takes about 5-10 minutes and offers a scenic view of the water village.

2. Explore the Scenic Brunei River

Brunei-River

The second on the list of things to do in Brunei is exploring Brunei River . Here, you can join in the river cruise activity. The tours are usually held for 2 to 3 hours. You’ll be enchanted by the lush mangrove forests and know the history of Brunei’s water village.

Along the way, you will explore intriguing museums that will captivate your imagination. And guess what? You can get meals and coffee, tea, or snacks during the tour. This tour promises an unforgettable time, so hop on board for some Brunei River scenarios! 

3. Enjoy with Your Friends at Ulu Temburong National Park

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Ulu Temburong National Park is the nation’s first protected park. It is recognized as “ Green Jewel “, situated amidst the Batu Apoi Forest Reserve, it boasts a pristine jungle. The Temburong and Belalong Rivers grace the park, adding to its charm. It is best to get a tour package with your friends or family. By doing that, you can enjoy a thrilling day tour with boat rides.

The most famous reason to visit this park is that there are about 400 types of butterflies. You will encounter here a diverse species, including hornbills. Must include this mesmerizing park on your excursion list. 

How to get to there: To get to Ulu Temburong National Park, you will need to take a boat from Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei. The boat ride takes about 45 minutes to an hour. Once you arrive at the park, you can explore the rainforest and enjoy activities such as canopy walks and river cruises.

4. Visit Beautiful Mosques of Brunei

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The mosques in Brunei are symbols of the nation’s rich Islamic history. You can visit some of Brunei’s most stunning mosques mentioned here:

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque is the utmost renowned mosque in Brunei and is a must-see for any visitor. It is known for its beautiful white domes and minarets, and its reflection in the serene Kampong Ayer Lake. It is a symbol of Islamic belief in Brunei.

Jame’ Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque is an architectural marvel influenced by the Ottoman Empire style. It boasts 29 golden domes, an elegant interior with Italian marble, and regal Turkish-inspired minarets. Those 29 domes represent the nation’s 29 th sultan. Don’t miss its stunning evening lighting! If you are interested in Islamic architecture or just want to experience the beauty of Brunei’s Islamic culture, you must visit this mosque.

Ash Shaliheen Mosque , influenced by Moroccan Andalusian style, features superb zellige mosaics and prominent blue domes. Its interior features a folding roof and imports Italian marble. Designed by renowned architect Abdel-Wahed El-Wakil, it’s located near Bandar Seri Begawan’s city center.

The Brunei International Airport Mosque is a small but beautiful mosque located in the Brunei International Airport. The mosque was designed in a conventional Islamic form and features two towers and a big blue dome. It is a popular spot for tourists to visit, as it is the first mosque that you will see upon arrival in Brunei.

The Al-Muhtadee Billah Mosque is located in Bandar Seri Begawan. It was named after the royal Prince, Al-Muhtadee Billah. The mosque is a divine example of modern Islamic architecture, with a remarkable gold dome and four slender minarets. The mosque is constructed on the river. The Al-Muhtadee Billah Mosque is a beautiful and significant mosque and is a must-see for you while you are visiting Brunei.

Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam Mosque , located in Jerudong, mesmerizes with its green-themed architecture, adorned with various shades from ground to dome. The prayer hall’s distinct lime-green ceiling adds to its uniqueness. While less sophisticated, it remains a beautiful and holds significant allure.

You are free to explore all these magnificent mosques in your Brunei trip. While visiting these mosques, you will get to know about the Islamic culture of the country and will see various kind of interior in every mosque.

5. Hiking through the jungle of Selirong Island

Selirong-Island

The Selirong Island is a great way to explore the unique ecosystem of Brunei. You can start exploring this island with a boat ride through the mangroves, there you will get to see a range of plants and animals. You will have the chance to go on a short hike through the mangroves. The Selirong Island hiking tour is a great way to encounter the natural beauty and culture of Brunei. It is a fun experience that is suitable for all ages.

How to Get to Selirong Island: To get to Selirong Island, you can take a boat from Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital city of Brunei. The boat ride takes about 30 minutes and will take you to the island where you can explore the mangrove forest and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

6. Explore Kuala Belait

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Kuala Belait , Brunei’s second-largest metropolitan center. Here you can find some delicious food, a lot of shopping malls, and accommodations, providing various budgets. You can explore the Tudung Saji market for local produce and cuisine, visit the Belait Museum for insights into the region’s unique culture, and chill out at Silver Jubilee Park on Belait Beach. Don’t miss a serene longboat water taxi ride along the Belait River, where you might even spot a crocodile!

7. Visit Some Beautiful Parks in Brunei

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Tasek Lama Recreational Park , located in Bandar Seri Begawan’s city center, offers an amazing blend of undamaged nature and urban ambiances. A 10-minute walk from the Royal Regalia Museum, the park feels like an isolated woodland, with the highlight presence of Tasek Lama Waterfall.

Kota Batu Archaeological Park , situated in the eastern part of Bandar Seri Begawan, displays the rich historical significance of Brunei’s prior capital. Serving as the foundation of the Bruneian Empire, this site witnessed the establishment of the first mosque and a grand stone fort. Though much has faded with time, you can still access the leftovers of the stone fort’s foundation, engaging yourself in the origins of Brunei’s renowned past.

Jerudong Park proudly claims to be Southeast Asia’s top amusement park. It stands as the region’s largest amusement park, drawing visitors like Malaysian , Indonesian, and the Philippines . The entry is free here, but you will have to purchase tickets for individual rides. The park’s history has legendary performances by icons like Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, adding to its charm as a must-visit attraction in Brunei.

Tasek Merimbun Heritage Park surrounds the country’s largest lake and forest, it gives a serene and calm vibe for everyone. As the only ASEAN Heritage Park , it holds historical and natural significance. You can include this historical park on your visit list.

Silver Jubilee Park i n Kuala Belait boasts scenic views of the South China Sea and the district’s stunning beaches. You can enjoy the sunrise, sunset here. And there is a play area for children.

You must make a daytrip to all these parks for the best experience in Brunei .

8. Sunset View from Taman Mahkota Jubli Emas

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Taman Mahkota Jubli Emas is a big and new park in Brunei filled with lots of flowers, trees, and water. It was opened on October 22, 2017, by the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah. It’s next to the beautiful Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque and the floating village of Kampong Ayer.

It’s a great place where you can enjoy the sunset. This is the main reason people often come here in evening. You will see their tulips, baobab plants, a playground, and a water fountain. It’s also got a walkway that goes along the river, so you can also take a stroll and enjoy the views of the Kampong Ayer water village. You can walk, bike, or boat around the park, or just sit in ease and enjoy the environment.

9. Learn History and Heritage at the Museums of Brunei

Royal regalia museum.

Royal-Regalia-Museum

The Royal Regalia Museum is a historical and educational place where you will find a range of royal artifacts. A stroll through the Royal Regalia Museum in Brunei is like stepping into a past era. You’ll find golden chariots, jewel-encrusted robes, and weapons from centuries ago. The museum’s collection of crown jewels, royal gowns, and gifts from chiefs of state and influential administrators is a testament to the Sultanate’s rich history and culture.

One of the museum’s most impressive exhibits is the Golden Chariot, which was used to carry the Sultan during his Silver Jubilee celebration. The chariot is made of pure gold and is decorated with intricate carvings. The Royal Regalia Museum is open from 9am to 5pm. It’s a must-visit during your Brunei vacation.

Malay Technology Museum  

The Malay Technology Museum is a great place to learn about how the Bruneian people used to live in the past. The museum is situated in Kota batu. You’ll see many kinds of tools they used for farming, fishing, and metalworking. There are even some traditional weapons on display.

You will be discovering some galleries, each of which focuses on a different aspect of Brunei technology. It also showcases tools and equipment such as nets, traps, and boats. This museum is recommended for you while your visit in Brunei.

Brunei Museum  

Brunei museum is situated in Kota batu, Bander Seri Begawan. It is nation’s biggest museum. If you visit the Brunei Museum , you can expect to learn about the history and culture of Brunei. You will also see a wide variety of artifacts, including some that are very rare and valuable. Here you can see those valuable arts in front of you, but sad thing is photography is not allowed in museums. The museum is a great place to learn about Brunei’s rich heritage and to see some of the country’s most important cultural treasures.

Brunei Darussalam Maritime Museum  

Brunei Darussalam Maritime Museum, where you will see the incredible history of Brunei. This museum is situated at Kota Batu . In the museum you will step into the three galleries one by one.

The first one, ‘the Brunei Shipwreck,’ proudly showcases a remarkable selection of artifacts retrieved from a shipwreck site. You will be watching some precious ruins like foreign ceramics from the 15th and 16th centuries there. This gallery stands as the museum’s main attraction and a lasting testament to Brunei’s marine past.

The second gallery, ‘Trading Centre’. Here you will witness the alive history of Kota Batu. At this point, you will see models of foreign ships that once used for trade with Brunei, along with selected local cultural artifacts. The third gallery serves as a flexible space for temporary exhibitions. It shows the Quanzhou Maritime Museum’s fascinating Maritime Silk Road exhibition. If you are very curious about history, you will definitely have fun in this museum.

Belait Museum

Belait Museum is a cultural heritage in Brunei’s picturesque and largest district Belait. Here you will be exploring five interesting galleries. The first showcases the cultural heritage, the second one indicates the progress of Belait district, next gallery features the history of the petroleum Industry, the fourth one showcases the natural heritage, and the last one organizes exciting temporary exhibitions in the museum.

You will get to see all this gallery and know the history of this district here. Isn’t it exciting? You will uncover the unique traditions of the Belait and Tutong people. In this museum, you will be experiencing the rich tapestry of history and nature, reveling Brunei’s past and present.

10. Trekking in Teraja Waterfall

Teraja-Waterfall

Teraja Waterfall graces Brunei’s Belait District with its pristine beauty. It is found along the Teraja River’s highest point in Mukim Labi. After reaching the river, a captivating trail leads to the mesmerizing waterfall and the breathtaking Teraja Hill’s summit. You can do group trekking here but with safety measures. It ensures a thrilling experience amidst the remote splendor of Teraja Waterfall. This is one of the best things to do in Brunei.

Address: 7CM9+9RJ, Teraja, Brunei

Entrance: 24 Hours

11. Boating in the Belait River

Belait-River

Boarding on a boat ride is a must for every traveler in Brunei. You will get a glimpse into the captivating Iban traditions from neighboring Sarawak, Malaysia. Local tribes use this Belait river for centuries. Remarkably, it is Brunei’s longest river. You can experience some trilling boating adventure here.

There are some special longboats for boating. Longboats provide swift transportation to inland villages due to dense jungles. You can enjoy with your friends here while boating on this beautiful river.

You can take a longboat from Kuala Belait’s jetty. Then explore the mesmerizing riverine scenery by boating and experience a memorable trip here in Brunei. You will surely have a lot of fun during this adventure.

12. Experience the Royalty at Istana Nurul Iman

Istana-Nurul-Iman

Istana Nurul Iman , the official home of the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah . This amazing palace sits on the beautiful banks of the Brunei River, surrounded by green hills. It’s known as the “Palace of the Light of Faith,” combining Malay and Arabic names. This place is massive, holding the title of the world’s largest palace.

Talking about grandeur! Inside, there are rooms fixed for royal shindigs. There is even a fancy throne chamber! Though it is not usually open to the public every day, it welcomes visitors during special celebration like Eid-ul-fitr. This is a lifetime experience which you can not wish to miss.

13. Savour the Food of Brunei

Food-of-Brunei

Calling all foodies! If you find yourself in Southeast Asia, you’ve got to try the delicious snack, pulut panggang ! It’s a delightful combo of steamed sticky rice and hot sambal filling, all wrapped up in banana leaves and grilled to perfection. Mei Fang Cafe and Puteh Restaurant in Pekan Tutong , Brunei, have become famous for their mouthwatering varieties of this delicacy.

But watch out, they’re so popular that they might sell out before noon! And don’t miss out on Kelupis too – a similar treat but steamed and wrapped in Nyirik leaves. Grab these treats at hawker stalls or night markets and gulp them warm for the ultimate mouthwatering experience!

Nasi Katok – a legendary, tasty treat! This Bruneian delight has become the nation’s favorite fast food, always reasonably priced and easy to find. It is packed with rice, fried chicken, and the flavorful sambal for just BND1!

Ambuyat , Brunei’s national dish, it is served sticky with a sour and spiced dip called cacah. A V-shaped bamboo stick called candas is used to eat the ambuyat. When in central Bandar Seri Begawan , prepare for a street food feast! Food stalls offer delectable satay , grilled fish, and mouthwatering desserts.

For a true food adventure, head to Gadong Night Market , where you can find a unique treat – ayam tungking, satay and many other testy foods! Surprisingly, they’re a big hit! You can also savor delicious foods in Tamu Tutong market .

You can teste Brunei’s delicious tropical fruits at Gadong Night Market. Don’t skip the famous “King of Fruits” – durian, and other favorites like tarap, rambutan, kembayau, bambangan, langsat, and kundong. You should try these unique and nutritious fruits of Brunei while your trip.

14. Visit Teng Yun Temple

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In downtown Bandar Seri Begawan, you’ll find the Teng Yun Temple , the ancient Chinese temple in Brunei. People from the Chinese community, about 10% of the population, visit this special place. During Lunar New Year, there are exciting lion dances that you should watch for a lifetime experience.  

It stands out with its red walls and green roof amid tall buildings. Inside, you’ll see beautiful hand-painted tiling with Chinese stories and smell the fragrance of burning prayer sticks. You should not miss this colorful and cultural experience!

15. Billionth Barrel Monument

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Billionth Barrel Monument in Seria, Brunei is built in 1991 to celebrate an epic achievement, the production of one billion barrels of oil from the Seria onshore oil field. Honored by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah himself, the monument stands tall with five pipes forming an arch, adorned with a golden coat of arms.

Each pipe symbolizes the Five Pillars of Islam, reflecting the nation’s faith. This site holds a special place in Brunei’s heart. The intricate floor tiles, inspired by Islamic designs, add charm to the monument’s appeal. Designed by a talented local architect, it’s a must-see landmark showcasing Brunei’s achievements in the oil industry. Do not skip this landmark while roaming in Brunei.

16. Stand-Up Paddle Board

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If you’re looking for an exciting activity in Brunei, stand-up paddle boarding is the solution. It will be a fantastic experience. Firstly, Head to Ikas Lake , near Bandar Seri Begawan , where SUP Surfari operates. Then you will be starting the exciting paddle boarding tour with your buddies. You will get to relax in nature and have a wonderful time exploring the tranquil waters on this stand-up paddle boarding adventure!

In conclusion , Brunei is a fascinating destination that offers a wonderful mix of cultural richness and natural beauty. From the picturesque Kampong Ayer water village to the majestic mosques and lush Ulu Temburong National Park, there is something for everyone to enjoy. You will get to know Brunei’s history and heritage at the Royal Regalia Museum and Malay Technology Museum and try the mouthwatering local cuisine.

You can witness the magnificence of Istana Nurul Iman, the world’s biggest palace, and experience the tranquility of Teng Yun Temple. Whether you’re exploring the scenic Brunei River or marveling at the Billionth Barrel Monument, this enchanting country promises a remarkable journey filled with wonder and charisma.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Which are the best attractions in brunei.

Kampong Ayer, Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque, Royal Regalia Museum, Teraja waterfall, Istana Nurul Iman – these are the top attraction in Brunei you should not miss.

What stands out about Brunei in Southeast Asia?

Brunei stands out for its beautiful mosques and Islamic architecture, with attractions like the Omar Ali Saifuddien and Jame’ Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosques.

Are there any outdoor activities available in Brunei?

Yes, there are a range of outdoor activities available in Brunei. You can do hiking, jungle trekking, paddle boarding, snorkeling at Muara beach near Pelong Rocks etc.

Which are the most affordable hotels in Brunei?

Wafa Hotel and Apartment, Parkview Hotel, Higher Hotel and The Lanes Hotel – these are some most affordable options you can choose to stay.

Which is the best time to visit Brunei?

The best time to visit Brunei is from the month of January to May.

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B andar Seri Begawan – Brunei is a less-visited country on the north coast of Borneo, but don’t let this fool you, for the place is beaming with so many exciting attractions to see. This wealthy southeast Asian country ruled by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah is famous for its low crime rate and beautiful spots where tourists can enjoy it.

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About Brunei

The country is an independent Islamic sultanate. It lies near the South China Sea to its north and Sarawak, East Malaysian State. The soils found along the rivers and areas of the coastal floodplain are regarded as fertile soil.

A big part of the country consists of virgin tropical rainforest where plants and creatures thrive.

Masjid Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque

In this Brunei Travel Guide Blog, we listed some tips for making your DIY Day trip to Brunei. We also included Brunei Itinerary, Things to do and see, how to get there, and more.

Brunei Visa Requirements

Foreign travelers from the following countries can enter Brunei visa-free as long as they present a passport valid for at least 6 months:

For up to 90 days: All European Union member states, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, and the United States.

For up to 30 days: Malaysia, New Zealand, Oman, Singapore, South Korea, Ukraine, and the United Arab Emirates.

For up to 14 days: Cambodia, Canada, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macau, Maldives, Myanmar, Peru, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Currency of Brunei and Accessibility to ATM Machines

Brunei’s currency is the Brunei dollar. It’s used in establishments, so tourists must exchange their currency for the local currency to get around and do stuff. Singapore coins can also be used in Brunei. ATM machines are typical in Brunei in large and small establishments and tourist areas.

Brunei’s official language is Malay , but English is widely spoken and understood in urban areas due to its British colonial past.

WIFI Access

Some hotels offer free Wi-Fi, while telecom companies sell broadband sim cards that tourists can use in the country.

Best Time to Visit Brunei

Brunei has two seasons: dry season and wet or rainy season. January to May is the best time to visit the country because this is what they consider spring, although the peak tourist season is from June to August, which is too hot.

How to Get to Brunei

Manila to Brunei Flights

Cebu Pacific and Royal Brunei Airlines have daily flights from Manila to Bandar Seri Begawan in Brunei.

Brunei’s sole airport of significance is  Brunei International Airport  ( BWN ), the national carrier Royal Brunei Airlines hub. 

How to get to the City from the Airport

A taxi to Bandar Seri Begawan takes 20 minutes and costs around B$25. A covered walk down to the end of the car park further away from the Terminal (turn right from Arrivals) leads to a bus stop for Purple buses to the city center (B$1) along with other busses for tours & hotel shuttles. The reason for the long walk is the extensive construction of airport upgrades.

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque in Brunei via Depositphotos

Getting Around Brunei

Brunei’s taxis are not plenty, but they’re available at the airport to transport tourists to their locations. Tourists can also ride taxis by booking in advance through their hotel. Car rentals like Hertz and Avis are at the airport, but booking in advance is required. It’s also available for exploring for B$85 per day. The drop-off and pick-up service for car rental costs about B$100 per day.

An excellent way to go to Bangar and Temburong from Bandar Seri Begawan is through Water Taxis at the Canal Market or behind Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah. There’s rail travel, but it’s not available to the public.

Where to Stay in Brunei

The empire hotel and country club.

The Empire Hotel and Country Club

Address: Jerudong Negara BG3122, Jerudong, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

Deluxe Room price starts at USD249++ via Agoda

This 5-star hotel is one of the best in Bandar Seri Begawan. It has 518 guestrooms and high-class amenities for guests to enjoy.

There’s actually something for everyone. There are a business center and conference rooms for working guests, a fitness room for guests who want to continue their workout, a kids club for younger ones, and a swimming pool.

The Rizqun International Hotel

The Rizqun International Hotel

Address: Abdul Razak Complex, Gadong, Gadong, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

Deluxe room price starts at USD115++ via Agoda

The Rizqun is located inside a large shopping complex. Through this, tourists can enjoy a live setting where they can go to local cafes in the afternoon and have foodie adventures in the night market, which isn’t far away. The hotel is adorned with ornate decorations that feature world-class elegance. It’s near the airport and features luggage storage.

The CentrePoint

The CentrePoint Hotel Bandar Seri Begawan

Address: Hotel Abdul Razak Complex, Gadong, Gadong, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

Deluxe room starts at USD83++ via Agoda

Accommodations in the Hotel include sports activities like tennis or racquetball and dining options at the food court on the ground floor or trying out Italian cuisine at Fratini’s. There are electric stoves and kitchenettes in the executive rooms. The hotel is also located in Gadong’s shopping district, so there’s much to see and buy.

Mulia Hotel

Mulia Hotel Bandar Seri Begawan

Address: EDR No. BD 30400 Lot No. 31954 Kg Anggerek Desa, Mukim Barakas, Brunei- Muara, Kianggeh, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

Standard room price starts at USD73++ via Agoda

Mulia Hotel offers high-quality accommodation at a much lower price than the first two. The hotel features rooms with big beds, big living rooms, cable TV, and other standard items. Guests can have their currency changed at the travel counter inside the hotel. A salon is located inside the hotel for last-minute beauty services.

Easybox Budget Hotel

Easybox Budget Hotel

Address: No. 4&5 First Floor Block E Abdul Razak, Gadong, Brunei Darussalam, Kianggeh, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei- Muara, BE3159

Standard room price starts at USD20++ via Agoda

The hotel ensures guests get special treatment through their 24-hour front desk. All rooms have free Wi-Fi and a convenience store in the vicinity. It’s in the middle of Gadong, so guests can have access to all that the city has to offer. There are English, Filipino, and Malay language speakers in the hotel.

Qing Yun Rest House

Qing Yun Rest House

Address: No.16 First floor, Block I, Abdul Razak Complex, Jalan Gadong BE3519, Brunei Darussalam, Bandar Seri Begawan

The standard room price starts at USD25++ via Agoda

Travelers who wish to stay in a budget hotel without sacrificing comfort will find this Rest house ideal. There are non-smoking rooms in the rest house and air-conditioning in some of the rooms. It’s near town facilities for easier access.  They have a taxi service, daily housekeeping, a car park, and free Wi-Fi in all their rooms.

Also Read:  List of the Best Hotels in Bandar Seri Begawan

Where to Eat

Kaizen Sushi Waterfront Brunei photo via FB Page

Kaizen Sushi Waterfront

Address: Waterfront, BSB or Kiarong Complex, Hassanal Bolkiah Highway

The restaurant overlooks a river. Its serene ambiance is the perfect setting for its menu.  This restaurant serves Japanese food like sushi. It has vegan, Halal, and gluten-free options. Their sashimi looks fresh and sumptuous. Their serving is enough to satisfy cravings. They’re open for families with children, business meetings, special occasions, and large groups.

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Roti Culture Brunei

Address: Block H, Unit 8&9, Ground Floor, Gadong, BE3719, Brunei Darussalam

This vibrant restaurant’s history started in the home kitchen of the owners in 2004. Since then, they’ve been serving delicious Roti Prata made by their celebrity chef. The restaurant has received praise from its guests. They serve Indian, Asian, Indonesian, Malaysian, Vegan, and Halal dishes.

It’s a Grind Coffee House

Chocolate Dulce Mocha photo via FB Page

Address: Simpang 13, Berkas, Citi Square/ G20, Ground Floor, Citis Square, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

This coffee shop is an American franchise. They serve espresso-based and non-espresso-based drinks. They have cakes and pastries for guests with sweet teeth but also prepare sandwiches. The café can serve 40 guests and has free Wi-Fi. They also have Halal and vegan options.

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Just Momos Nepali Restaurant

Address: Sdn Bhd, Jalan Bunga Tajong/Lot 82 Units A and B, Kuala Belait KA1131, Brunei Darussalam

This is a restaurant of its kind in Kuala Belait town. They serve Nepali/ Tibetan dumplings called momos and Nepali-style fried noodles and fried rice. They do serve other Nepali dishes as well as some Indian dishes. They boast of cooking with no MSG and using only a tiny amount of sunflower or mustard oil.

Where to Shop

There are notable places to shop in Brunei. Below is a list of those places.

Gadong Night Market by IQRemix via Flickr CC

Gadong Night Market

What to find

  • Street food
  • Plenty of shops and some stores which sell Muslim fashion

Hua Ho Department Store

  • Daily necessities
  • Supermarket
  • Household items
  • Restaurants
  • accessories

Tamu Kianggeh by Kuba via Flickr CC

Tamu Kianggeh

  • street food
  • other items

Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex

  • budget items

Paul and Elizabeth Book Services

  • different kinds of books

Arts and Handicrafts Training Centre

  • silverworks
  • carved wood
  • ceremonial swords
  • brass mini-cannons

Things to do and see in Brunei

Brunei is currently improving its tourism efforts, and with this, tourists can take part in tours and take pleasure in what the country has to offer.

Brunei is rich in wildlife and takes pride in its temples and establishments, such as Omar Ali Saifuddien. Below are some of the things you can do while in Brunei.

Pay Respect at the Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque photo by Daniel Weiss via Wikimedia CC

Location- Jalan McArthur, Bandar Seri Begawan BS8711, Brunei

This place of Islamic worship is touted as one of the most beautiful mosques in Asia. It’s a major historical site and a renowned tourist attraction.

The building, completed in 1958, is named after Omar Ali Saifuddien III, the country’s 28 th sultan. Visitors can come every day except Thursday and Friday. The entrance fee is free.

Royal Regalia Museum by Hajotthu via Wikimedia CC

Check Out Brunei History Centre and Royal Regalia Museum

Location- Jln James Pearce, Bandar Seri Begawan BS8610, Brunei

The Brunei History Centre is Brunei’s go-to place for historical records and other pertinent details about the country. The construction of the History Centre was approved in 1982 by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah.

The Brunei History Centre is open every Monday to Thursday and Saturday from 7:45am-12:15pm and 1:30pm-4:30pm. The entrance fee is free.

The Royal Regalia Museum (formerly Royal Regalia Building) houses ceremonial objects of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and the royal family. Visitors can also see the exhibits about the Silver and Golden Jubilee celebration of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah’s rule.

Kampong Ayer photo by Bernard Spragg

Water Taxi Your Way to Kampong Ayer

The settlement features clusters of traditional stilt villages on the Brunei River. It’s often called the “Venice of the East” and used to be the country’s main settlement.

It was the principal settlement in Brunei before serving as a social and economic center. The water village can be reached by water taxis.

Experience the Gadong Night Market

Location-  Simpang 37, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

Pasar Gadong, or Night Market, is a busy place where visitors can enjoy street foods like chicken wings, fried kuey teow, meat satays, sweet pancakes with peanuts, raisins, and sugar fillings, etc. What’s tempting about all the food served there is that they make it after your order. Dishes usually cost B$1-B$3. The night market opens from 4pm until 12 midnight.

Ulu Temburong National Park by Stefano Ferro via Flickr CC

Experience Nature at Ulu Temburong National Park

Don’t miss the chance to see what nature in Brunei looks like. It’s located within Apoi Forest Reserve, and you’ll see a virgin forest called the “Green Jewel of Brunei.” Many fruiting figs and common plants like ginger, begonias, and aroids abound in the park, while different types of mammals, reptiles, butterflies, insects, and birds can be seen.

Location- Jln Sungai Kianggeh, Bandar Seri Begawan BS8111, Brunei

The marketplace opens early, and you can buy local vegetables like pucuk piai, langkubok, and lamiding. Other more familiar vegetables can be bought, like bamboo shoots and chilies. They also sell herbs, spices, dried fish, fermented fish, and shrimp. Some non-food products tourists can buy as souvenirs are parang (machete-like knife) and decorative food covers. There is plenty more to believe in this place.

Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque by BAlou46 via Wikipedia CC

Visit Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque (Kiarong Mosque)

Location- Kampung Kiarong, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

This impressive Islamic temple has 29 golden domes in honor of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah’s spot as Brunei’s 29 th ruler. The mosque was built in 1992 and features minarets and woven rugs in the men’s prayer hall. The towering house of prayer is so lavishly designed that tourists won’t miss it even from afar. The entrance fee is free.

Take a Look at Istana Nurul Iman Palace

Location- Jln Menteri Besar, Bandar Seri Begawan BA2112, Brunei

This is the official residence of the Sultan of Brunei, and it’s the seat of the country’s government. Brunei River cradles the palace, which is often the location for state celebrations. It’s called the “world’s largest residential palace.” Istana Nurul Iman comes from Istana (Malay word) and Nur-ol Imaan (Arabic word), which means the Palace of the Light of Faith.

Book Tutong River Cruise

The river cruise will take tourists to a mangrove river and possibly the endangered Proboscis monkeys. Tourists will be picked up by the designated driver from their hotel and taken to the tour’s meeting place. They will then ride a pontoon boat to see Nipah palm trees, sea eagles, Kingfishers, white egrets, and long-tail macaques. They might catch a glimpse of saltwater crocodiles and langurs.

Is it safe to travel to Brunei?

With very few negative travel advisories against Brunei, Brunei is one of Southeast Asia’s safest countries to visit. With low crime rates, those traveling solo can always feel safe while roaming in Bandar Seri Begawan, even at night.

Brunei Sample Itinerary 2N/3D

10:05 pm – Arrived at Bandar Seri Begawan 11:35 pm – Arrived at the hotel 6:00 am – Eat breakfast 8:00 am – Visit Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque (open daily except for Thursday and Friday morning; the entrance fee is free) 10:00 am – Visit Brunei History Centre and Royal Regalia Museum (located near each other) 12:00 NN – Have lunch 2:00 pm – Visit Kampong Ayer (can be reached through water taxis) 7:00 pm onwards – Visit the Gadong Night Market (street foods and other items)

6:00 am – Eat breakfast 7:30 am to 5:00 pm – Take a day tour of Ulu Temburong National Park (see native wildlife) 6:00 pm – Eat dinner 8:00 pm onwards – Have a drink or two

6:00 am – Eat breakfast 7:00 am – Visit Tamu Kianggeh 8:30 am – Visit Jame Asr Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque (Kiarong Mosque, the entrance fee is free) 9:30 am – Go to Istana Nurul Iman Palace 12:00 NN – Eat lunch 1:00 pm – Visit shopping areas 3:00 pm 6:30 pm – Join Tutong Proboscis Monkey Cruise 7:00 pm – Eat Dinner 8:00 pm – Get ready for departure 10:00 – Flight to Manila

Important Brunei Travel Tips

  • Book a car or taxi in advance to get to the places you need to go to
  • Take advantage of the places where you can visit for free
  • You can use the wooden walkways instead of hiring water taxis to visit water villages (in case you’re on a tight budget)

Important Contact Infos

In another country, it’s essential to know some agencies’ contact details like the tourism office, hospital, and police department.

Brunei Tourism Website: www.tourism.gov.bn Tel: +673 2382 822

Brunei Police Department Website: www.police.gov.bn Telephone: +673-2242334

Ministry of Health, Brunei: www.moh.gov.bn Ambulance:991 Fire & Rescue: 995 Police: 993 Search & Rescue: 998 Talian Darussalam: 123

Searching for the best hotels, resorts, and affordable flights to Brunei? Check out our list of best Brunei hotels and resorts  via  Agoda  and Booking , or you may also see available Airbnb properties in the city.

Want more updates about the best activities and tourist attractions in Brunei? Follow #TeamOutofTown,  on  Facebook , Twitter ,  Instagram , and  Pinterest for Brunei Travel Guide updates and local travel recommendations.

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It was nice to meet up with a number of serious local food and travel bloggers in Bandar Seri Begawan this past week. I knew I wanted to visit Brunei for several months but bought my plane tickets 5 days before the actual flight! @zulfadly found me on Twitter at the last minute and was gracious to show me around the city, especially its culinary offerings as well as introduce me to several of his blogger friends.

I met the following bloggers: @snrpablo @thanislim of www.thanislim.com @zulfadly

Also its rare and refreshing when you find someone so into their “art” as @thanislm is into the art of cooking. He can hang with the best of the foodies I know, is entirely self taught and has spent significant time and money in securing some of the best International culinary items for his kitchen. Lets hope he takes his passion to the next level.

Zul-fadly was also the reason I met Adam Tan, owner of Travel Hub Brunei. Adam offers personalized tours of Brunei ranging from short city tours to full day to overnight trips to the rainforest. He’s been involved in the local travel scene since 2000. He is an expert on Brunei and spent much of my trip helping me with logistics and showing me around sites I would never have found on my own. His website is under construction but you can email him at [email protected]

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August 10, 2018 at 3:48 pm

Oh, in my eyes, Brunei is the most boring country in Southeast Asia. It has nothing much to explore other than some magnificent mosques. Furthermore, it is very hard for us to eat pork and find out alcohol. Anyways, thanks so much for your sharing and keep moving!

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This flea market is very crowded, exciting, especially here sell a lot of good and cheap foods. If you want to discover the unique culinary culture in Brunei, let’s visit Pasar Malam Gadong for fun!

Gadong Night Market

As a Muslim country, so tobacco is not sold in this country. Shopping malls or shops are also closed early at 8pm.

About the people of Brunei, they are rich but very friendly and hospitable, they are willing to help when you need or invite you visit their home.

Gadong Night Market

Jerudong Park

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Jerudong Amusement Park is the largest amusement park in Southeast Asia. The park was built in 1994 with a total area of 104 hectares, with many attractive and interesting games, including small artificial islands, dinopark, playgrounds, cinemas, etc… create colorful entertainment area, a bustling and vibrant haven.

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Royal Regalia Museum

Royal Regalia Museum

The Royal Regalia Museum is home to evidence of the life of the royal family of Brunei over various periods, but deepest and most complete is the period of the Royal Regalia. The museum offers visitors an overview of the life and way of life of the royal family. The museum also preserves many relics related to the rulers (Sultans) who once ruled the kingdom of Brunei. The Museum is also has impressive architectural style and the good thing is Royal Regalia museum open all weekdays.

Royal Regalia Museum

Empire Hotel & Country Club

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This is Brunei’s most famous hotel, which is also a tourist attraction in Brunei that attract many tourists. The hotel has an area of 180 hectares with 443 splendid rooms. This is also one of the most luxurious hotels in Asia and is among the top ten most beautiful hotels in the world.

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Muara Beach

Muara Beach

Especially when tourists come here, they can immerse themselves in the water of the cool beaches of Brunei. These are the ideal resorts for visitors. Located about 27 km from the center of the capital is Muara Beach, It is one of the most beautiful and crowded beaches in Brunei. The beach is beautiful and wild, with white sand, clear water that visitors are attracted by this place. It is also said that admire the dawn or sunset on the sea Muara is a wonderful thing!

Muara Beach

Tamu Kianggeh (Kianggeh Open-air Market)

Tamu Kianggeh

This is a flea market selling everyday commodities such as vegetables, roots, fruits, meat and fish. This market is as normal as other Vietnamese markets, nothing special.

Tamu Kianggeh

Teng Yun Temple

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This is a Chinese temple located just opposite Kianggeh Market. This temple at night decorated the lamp quite beautiful.

Mercu Dirgahayu 60

Mercu Dirgahayu 60

This is a small yellow monument, shaped like a music note, located just near the river bank. This monument is a gift from the Brunei people to King Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah on the occasion of his 60th birthday.

Memorial Clock

Memorial Clock

The tower is located at the crossroads of Jalan Sultan Road, Omar Ali Saifuddien and Jalan Elizabeth Dua. This corner of the intersection is quite deserted!

Brunei blog: What to eat in Brunei?

Brunei food

Grilled chicken

delicious grilled chicken at the Gadong Night Market

Brunei grilled chicken is a familiar dish of the people of Brunei. Grilled chicken is served in family meals or in the restaurants from luxury to popular. This dish also appears in the Sultan’s banquet for his guests. The chicken is usually cleaned after being marinated with some spices. Each chef has a different way to marinate, but the grilled chicken must be salty through each piece of meat is satisfactory. Chicken is grill on a charcoal stove or roasted in an electric oven with high temperature. Grilled chicken can be processed into a variety of dishes. Chicken after being grilled, diners can request processing into the variety dishes according to taste. Grilled chicken served with vegetables and typical sauce.

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In Brunei, visitors can easily enjoy the lamb. Because most people follow Islam, lamb is a popular food here. Lamb is made into many delicious dishes. Some dishes from lamb such as grilled lamb, lamb sauce, lamb stew … Lamb fried is quite easy to eat. You can use lamb fried with white rice or fresh vermicelli. Lamb meat is marinated and fry with vegetables, viscous, glossy.

Grilled fish

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Grilled fish is a traditional food, unique, delicious, nutritious, very strange to visitors when visiting Brunei. Grilled fish is made from big fish, thick meat. Before being Grilled, the fish is cleaned of the gut and mud. After, the fish is marinated spices characteristic. The way of marinated fish is also the secret of the Brunei people to make the fish taste more special. Grilled fish is served with typical sauces, but the way of mixing of each family is different. There are many ways to mix suitable for the taste of people, there are some places, chefs also stuffed in the fish belly of other kinds. Because of this, grilled fish is a favorite dish of local people and diners.

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Wheat Flour Cake

Wheat Flour Cake

Wheat Flour Cake is a common dish of the Brunei people. This dish is delicious and easy to cook. The cake is made from a kind of wheat flour. This powder is stirred with sugar and then poured into hot iron pan to fry. There is quite a lot of flavor inside the cake. Depending on your taste you can choose to eat sweet cakes or salty cakes. The cake after baked will be sprinkled on top of the nuts, finally added to the condensed milk. The cakes are full flavors of wheat flour, fat milk and the taste of the nuts.

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Tom Yum soup is a Thai dish, but it is also very popular in Brunei in particular and Southeast Asian countries in general. Tom Yum soup is made from chicken broth. This dish has fresh shrimp as the main ingredient. There are also other special spices such as citronella, galangal, lemon, onion, tomato, … Especially, Tom Yum soup also has a variety of mushrooms. The highest requirement of Tom Yum is has to sour taste. The taste of the spices mixed with the sweet taste of shrimps, mushrooms make the dishes rich.

Ambuyat - The national dish of Brunei

Ambuyat is a dish made from Sago palm tree. In Brunei, Sago palm tree is planted quite a lot, people use Sago palm trees for a variety of purposes. The people of Brunei use finely-chopped stalks, then boiled in water for several hours until they are clammy, clear and opaque. The taste of Ambuyat is very bland, so it is often served with a variety of sauces depending on your taste but the best is Peanut Butter Sauce.

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Durian is one of the best specialties in Brunei, the durian here is quite strange, some as big as jackfruit, some as small as hand, especially durian here is very soft and fragrant. Durian is a popular dish of Brunei that are praise by many tourists when enjoying this delicious food. In old times, durian here only for royalty in the Brunei dynasty. The big durian with fragrant, big meat are eaten directly. Durian can also be processed into a variety of dishes such as cakes, candies, or drinks are very attractive.

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Brunei travel blog: What to buy in Brunei?

Souvenir gifts.

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When traveling to this country, visitors can choose their own meaningful souvenir gifts for family and friends. The shopping malls or shops in Brunei have souvenir stands for tourists with fine handicrafts or fine textile.

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Jewelry, perfume, cosmetics

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You can easily find a variety of imported silk fabrics with a variety of designs and brands for visitors to choose from. Athirah Plaza also has many other items such as ready-to-wear clothing, jewelry, perfume and cosmetics for women. Athirah Plaza also has an entertainment area combined with a diversity and distinctive dining area.

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Some shopping places in Brunei

Yayasan Complex

  • Pasar Malam Gadong flea market : Gadong night market sells quite cheap food and bustling.
  • Tamu Kianggeh Market (Open Market) : Outdoor market, sells fish and vegetable, next to Miri bus station and gateway to the city center.
  • Plaza Athirah . Address: Jln Kubah Makam Diraja, Bandar Seri Begawan BA1912, Brunei
  • Yayasan Complex. Address: Jln Pretty, Bandar Seri Begawan BS8711, Brunei
  • Hua Ho Department Store. Address: Lot 51181, Kg. Tanjong Bunut, Mukim Kilanas, Jalan Tutong, Bandar Seri Begawan BF 2920
  • Soon Lee Megamart. Address: Jalan Utama Berakas
  • The Mall . Address: The Mall, Bandar Seri Begawan BE3519

The Mall

Brunei blog: Some things you need to know before going to Brunei

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  • When giving a gift or food to a Muslim, you should use your right hand. (with Muslims the left hand only to use for the toilet).
  • Thursdays and Fridays are the two main prayer days in the Muslim country, you should avoid visiting the mosques on these two days of the week.
  • Brunei is quite strict Muslim country, you have to dress politely, formal, courteous in public and absolutely avoid staring at women with them is very disrespectful.
  • In the month of Ramadan, if you travel in Brunei, to respect the Muslims, you should avoid eating in front of them.
  • 70% population of Brunei follow Islam and Islam is considered the national religion of Brunei. The laws of Islam are strictly enforce in Brunei.
  • Bruneians often use the title in daily communication to replace the name. Men are called Awang and women are Dayang. In addition to this, there are many names of people in the society, such as Pengiran who are lineage Royal Family, Pehin and Dato who are great contributors to the country.
  • As a Muslim country, Brunei does not eat pork. Beer, wine, alcoholic beverages are not sold or used in this country.
  • Brunei has no pubs, beer bars, nightclubs, discos or karaoke. Brunei is also prohibited gathering in public places.
  • For female travelers when traveling to Brunei also need to dress politely. When visiting the mosques that need to remove shoes from outside, women need a head scarf and avoid wearing openings on the knees or arms.
  • When communicating with native speakers, avoid using your left hand. Use the thumb of your right hand or your left hand to point at someone instead of your index finger.
  • Public transport in Brunei is not very developed. Only public buses are available in the center. Brunei has no taxi service. Most people travel by private means and often travel at a very fast pace.

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