“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. So, this post aims at providing a travel guide for traveling in Brunei.
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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.
The public transportation in Brunei is not great. However, the country does have buses and the detailed post about commuting within the country can be found in my post – Transportation in Brunei.
Activities to do in Brunei
Before I proceed further, let me admit that Brunei is a tiny country and it does not have too many things to do. However, there are few things that can be done when visiting this country and they can be broadly categorized into two parts:
- Scuba diving – There are some beautiful wrecks in Brunei and definitely has some great spots for wreck dive. For more information, read my detailed post about scuba diving in Brunei.
- 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.
Sometimes food is a major problem while traveling to a new country. As much as I love trying new cuisines, I still love to have back up options of Indian food. I tried two Indian restaurants when I was traveling in Brunei and the reviews can be found in my post – Indian restaurants in Brunei.
How much did it cost?
I traveled only for two days and the expenses for traveling in Brunei were:
- Flights – AUD 84.45 (Brunei $79)
- Accommodation – AUD 89.20 (Brunei $83.46)
- Food – Brunei $ 75
- Scuba diving – Brunei $ 190
- Taxi – Brunei $ 50
- VISA – Brunei $ 20
- Miscellaneous – Brunei $100
Total expenses = Brunei $597.46.
Scuba diving provider details
- Provider name: Oceanic Quest
- Cost: Brunei $ 100 + $40 + $50
- Contact details:
Oceanic Quest Sdn Bhd
- PADI 5 Star Center (S 22803)
- Oceanic Quest Travel and Tour Company
- No. 6 & 6A, Simpang 46, Jalan Perusahaan,
- Serasa, Muara BT1928
- Negara Brunei Darussalam
- Tel: +6732771190
- Mobile: +6738933110
- Website: www.oceanicquest.com