Beautiful architecture, friendly people, good food
It's a dry country.
Rather compact city center, a highlight being the food which is an excellent mix of middle and far-east.
Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque is the largest in the country and was built with the Sultan's cash, so nobody knows the cost of the construction. He built it for his silver jubilee and narrates the story of the Royal Dynasty. The golden domed mosque is surrounded by gardens with trees and flowers. The minarets are wonderfully designed as well as...more
At the Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque you will find the shoe deposit walkway, a covered entrance way towards the mosque where worshipers deposit their shoes. There are shelves each side which allow the storage of thousand's of pairs of shoes to be retrieved by the owners after prayer.more
I did not try the sushi on offer at the Japanese Restaurant (Kaizen Sushi) or the Coffee Shop Next door but the two identical buildings are ideally located by the river where the water taxis leave for Kampong Ayer. One can sit and watch the many activities on the river while enjoying a coffee or at the sushi restaurant next door. Both buildings...more
This food court is located just to the north of the Royal Regalia Museum in amongst a small wood. During the three nights we were in BSB, we came here to eat every night as it was that good and ate at the same stand. It's a great place to go and mix with the locals and the food on offer is good and varied from burgers to seafood, curries to ice...more
Located in the heart of downtown, this large, rather anaemic place serves some good food with dishes from the menu displayed as pictures on the wall which I always like as it helps you know what they consist of before you order. The waitresses are rather cute as well!more
Altogether we spent three nights in BSB and, well, we were a little bored as to what to do in the evenings. We ate at the same food court place called Taman Selera, which was very good, and tried to make a night of it by drinking our juices very slowly. We did hit the downtown area in search of some kind of action but to no avail, even after asking...more
Ever since they banned some "anti-Muslim" activities in Brunei, most expatriates (and locals) would cross the border to Limbang or Miri for some nightlife. So, it gets pretty quiet in BSB, especially on weekends. You can probably go to the "pasar malam" or night market for some local food & look at stuff on sale by locals. There is one on an empty...more
Earliest ferry to Labuan in Malaysia is scheduled to leave at 8:30am but they seem to wait until 9am. The ticket price is B$15 (B$10 for senoirs/children) plus a B$2 departure tax. You will get there in plenty of time to take the ferry to Kota Kinabalu but you need to purchase that ticket as soon as you exit the arrival area. It is located to the...more
Contrary to information I have read online there was no direct bus from the terminal in BSB to the Serasa Ferry Terminal to catch the ferry to Labuan. Instead take the first bus from the terminal (#37, 38 or 39) at about 6:30am to Maura. From the Maura bus lot take the #33 to the ferry terminal.more
The Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex, or, more simply the Yayasan SHHB Complex, is the biggest shopping complex in Bandar Seri Begawan. The shopping complex has some of the best shops in the city such as the Hua Ho Supermarket, one of the many Hua Ho outlets in Brunei. There's also a KFC here, for all you fast-food fanciers.more
Bandar Seri Begawan has quite a good shopping area, from little shops, to the ones located in the main Mall.If you want to buy "fakes' then you can do it here.....If the price is cheap, then it is most probably a fake! If you want top quality imports, then they are here as well. I saw the most beautiful huge Italian porcelain & crystal ornaments in...more
I'm Bruneian so i know about my country, the customs and others. We shake hands not bowing. Brunei is a Muslim and peaceful country ever... For tourists you don't have to worry about having a holiday here.... NO WORRIES.. Bruneian do speak english, it has been a practice long ago, we are following the MIB(Melayu Islam Beraja) custom. We take Malay...more
Brunei is a Muslim country. However, there is a large population of non-Muslims, prominently of Chinese or Indian decent.Muslims do not eat pork, nor drink alcohol. Brunei has made a loop-hole for the former of these, but has instituted a 'dry' country policy against alcohol.Restaurants that serve pork dishes must publicly display the fact as to...more
BRUNEII Whenever travelling through Asia make sure that you are carrying adeqate travel Insurance..Not to be covered by the appropriate type of travel insurance can be a disaster. I know it's hard to think about accidents and hospitals but unfortuneately the simplest of activities can lead to an accident...The cost of Doctors services and stays in...more
When you are at Bandar Seri Begawan, you will come across road side stores especially at the Pasar Malam (night market) during the weekend. When it comes to hygeine, Brunei's standard is very high so you do not need to worry about trying the local food and drinks of the roadside food stores. Perhaps your only worries are that some food may be too...more
Brunei is a strict Islamic country so you need to respect the Islamic culture and rules when you are there, especially the followings:- No drinking of alcohol is allowed in the public. Night entertainment is very limited so be prepared.- Dress appropriately when on the streets, especially if you are going to visit the mosques.- Some places do not...more
We wanted to go to the Kampong Ayr water village. One boat pulled up alongside me, and quoted a price for 2 people at $80. After rejecting this price, another pulled up, and offered to take the two of us for $20. I didn't bother to haggle, as after the previous quote, this sounded very cheap, and it is about the price you should pay, so I found out...more
If you arrive at BSB airport after 6 pm, there is no way you can get to the towncentre by public transport. There would be one or two taxi drivers sitting there and they can charge you what they want. I was charged just 25 bnd ( about 18 usd ). the airport is usually deserted and all Malays have cars and there are no tourists to speak of.. Share...more
Luggage and bags:
I always carried a small back pack while travelling here in the tropics to carry daily essentials.
ALWAYS CARRY PLENTY OF FRESH BOTTLED WATER:
A RELIABLE MOSQUITO AND INSECT REPELLANT..A MUST EVERYDAY ITEM..
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: BECAUSE OF SUCH EXTREME HEAT ..CARRY OR WEAR:
A GOOD HAT
A PAIR OF SUNGLASSES
GOOD WALKING /HIKING BOOTS
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: A GOOD SUNSCREEN AT LEAST 30 +
A SMALL TUBE MOISTURISER:
A SMALL TUBE OF LIP BALM:
A PACKET OF HANDY WET WIPES: GOOD FOR THE HEAT ALSO WIPING SMALL INJURIES.
AND THE HANDY SMALL PACK OF TISSUES..(JUST IN CASE THE ROLL IS EMPTY)
a COUPLE OF BAND AID STRIPS.
Photo Equipment: I ALWAYS CARRY IN MY PACK:
ALL MY CAMERA GEAR AND LENSES (OUT OF SIGHT)
A DIGITAL CAMERA BATTERY CHARGER:
A SPARE MEMORY CARD:
AN INTERNATIONAL POWER POINT CONVERTER:
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A SMALL ROLLED UP POCHO FOR HEAVY TROPICAL RAIN:THIS COVERS ME AND MY BACK/PACK
Miscellaneous: ALWAYS CARRY A TORCH..SELF CHARGING IF POSSIBLE: SO MANY PLACES BADLY LIT AT NIGHT.
some of the buildings in bandar are connected by above-street-level walkwaysgiving occupants and office workers easy and convenient access to the foodcourts in the buildings and access to the multistorey carpark and bus terminal.useful especially during heavy downpoursmore
Easily reached from central downtown without transportation, this is a short morning walk that can help get the little exercise you need while visiting the capital.It takes about 20 minutes to run the circuit or about 1hour of steady walking. Its best to do it early in the morning before the heat of the day is uncomfortable.Starting at the Sheraton...more
There are a few dive operators in Brunei which can bring you to dive at these wrecks. Both American and AUstralian wrecks were sunk during the world war 2 during the 1940s. As there are not much divers, you can still easily find bullets, bombs at these wreck locations. These trips normally take 6 hrs. It cost about B$50 (if you have all your scuba...more
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Do all roads lead to Bandar Seri Begawan? I'm doubtful that they do, however all mileage markers are measured from the capital city's cross roads.The Clock Tower shown here in the central Bandar district is mile marker "0" for all road networks leading away from the city.In the background of the photo is the Haji Sir Muda Omar Ali Saifuddein...more
I have visited a quite a few Asian countries and I must say that Brunei is different to most.We always felt safe here, people were friendly and helpful, and there didn't seem to be the scamming and rip-offs of other Asian countries.....We did strike one, and there would be minor instances, but on the whole, Bandar Seri Begawan and surrounds was a...more