“Where is Brunei?” asked my friend Vijay. Brunei is a small nation on the island of Borneo. It is home to the Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah mosque.
I wanted to go to Borneo for my birthday this year. The only difference was I wanted to go to the Malaysian side of Borneo. But I ended up (mistakenly) booking for Brunei.
How to get to Brunei?
There are frequent flights between Kuala Lumpur and Brunei. Airasia runs cheap and budgeted flights. I got return flight tickets for AUD 84.45. Note: This excludes flight tickets between Kuala Lumpur and Sydney.
Activities to do in Brunei
The things that I did in Brunei can be categorized broadly into two parts:
- Scuba diving
- Sight seeing of popular spots, including:
- Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque
- Istana Nurul Iman
- Ulu Temburong National Park
- Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque
- Brunei Histort Centre
- Billionth Barrel Monument
- Tasek Merimbun
- Brunei Darussalam Maritime Museum
- Pantai Seri Kenangan
- Mercu Dirgahayu 60
Brunei is a Muslim country. So, cover yourself and dress appropriately. It is advisable to respect their culture and not wear short clothes or clothes revealing the shoulders. Even though I saw few wear shorts and short dresses, I wore jeans and t-shirts and I was told that it’s strict only when entering the mosques.
Where to stay?
Being the budgeted traveler I am, I stayed at a hostel. The cheapest hostel was EZ Lodgings. The cost for 2 nights for 2 people was AUD 89.20. I found this on AirBnB.
I loved the accommodation. It was very close to a shopping centre and there were many restaurants around.
How much did it cost?
I traveled for two days and the expenses were:
- Flights – AUD 84.45
- Accommodation – AUD 89.20
- Food – Brunei $ 75
- Scuba diving – Brunei $ 190
- Taxi – Brunei $ 50
- VISA – Brunei $ 20
- Miscellaneous – Brunei $100
Scuba diving provider details
- Provider name: Oceanic Quest
- Cost: Brunei $ 100 + $40 + $50
- Contact details:
PADI 5 Star Center (S 22803)
Oceanic Quest Travel and Tour Company
No.6 & 6A, Simpang 46, Jalan Perusahaan,
Serasa, Muara BT1928,
Negara Brunei DarussalamTel/Fax: +673 2771190
Mobile: +673 8933110 (Watsapp/Wechat : Steven_Ng1963)
PADI 5-Star Center in Brunei