Bandar Seri Begawan Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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  • Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque
    Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque
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  • Food Markets of Bandar
    Food Markets of Bandar
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Bandar Seri Begawan Highlights

  • Pro
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    victorwkf says…

     Beautiful architecture, friendly people, good food 

  • Con
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     It's a dry country. 

  • In a nutshell
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     Rather compact city center, a highlight being the food which is an excellent mix of middle and far-east. 

Bandar Seri Begawan Things to Do

  • Kiangge Open-Air Food Court

    We’re just passing along at end corner of the river banks and we found this. From the name itself, it’s an open-air food area and most of the foods are grilled. I think there are more locals that dine here because of the atmosphere – open air, the lights from the river, food, etc.

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  • Waterfront Promenade

    This is the perfect place to rest especially during sunset and at night, to unwind and just think nothing. From here, you can see the Kampong Ayer Village and the lights coming from here, adds more vibrancy at night with the sounds of the river waves. You know what’s more interesting here, are the bars... it’s my first time to see a bar without...

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  • Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex

    This place looks like a big plaza to me. It’s adjacent to Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque. It’s a good thing that there’s a place like this to take rest while waiting for the sunset or just letting time to pass. There’s a mall and fast foods too. My friend and I spent a few hours here taking pictures with the mosque as background. It’s a very nice view...

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Bandar Seri Begawan Hotels

Bandar Seri Begawan Restaurants

  • RELAX, ENJOY SUSHI or a COFFEE BY THE...

    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...

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  • Excellent food court

    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...

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  • Simple place with lots of options

    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!

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Bandar Seri Begawan Nightlife

  • All there is to do at night

    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...

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  • enjoy satay and watch latest movies in...

    enjoy satay at jalan residency foodstalls after sunsetthen walk across to panggung hasanal bolkiah to catch latest movies

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  • Pretty quiet

    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...

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Bandar Seri Begawan Transportation

  • Serasa ferry to Labuan

    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...

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  • Bus from BSB to Serasa Ferry Terminal

    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.

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  • THE AIRPORT

    If you have a stopover at the airport there will not be much to do there and there are only two cafes giving basic food, a few souvenir shops and of course the country is alcohol free so there are no drinks available. Best to bring your own food if possible.

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Bandar Seri Begawan Shopping

  • for non-muslims shopping for meat

    for non-muslims looking to shop for meatlim ah siaw pork market is located discreetly along jalan terajanext to terrace hotelthe arabic script reads "lim ah siaw"

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  • Biggest shopping complex in BSB

    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.

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  • Variety of shoppping opportunities

    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...

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Bandar Seri Begawan Local Customs

  • Bruneian do speaks English

    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...

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  • Market

    Located on the other side of a canal from the Chinese Temple, this colourful local market is known as Tamu Kianggeh and features not only fruit and veg stalls but also stalls to eat at.

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  • Pork in a Muslim country & other dining...

    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...

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Bandar Seri Begawan Warnings and Dangers

  • ALWAYS CARRY ADEQUATE TRAVEL INSURANCE

    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...

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  • Hygeine of roadside food stores

    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...

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  • Respect the Islamic culture & rules

    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...

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Bandar Seri Begawan Tourist Traps

  • MONEY CHANGER

    Not quite sure where to put this tip but there is one money changer at the airport but there is not too much to spend your money on except for a few souvenir shops and a couple of basic cafes.

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  • Water Village by Boat

    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...

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  • Compulsory Taxi from the Airport

    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...

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Bandar Seri Begawan What to Pack

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    A GOOD INSECT AND MOSQUITO REPELLANT IS A MUST 4 more images

    by DennyP Updated Dec 26, 2011

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    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.

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Bandar Seri Begawan Off The Beaten Path

  • backstreet shops opposite yayasan

    some of the shops around bandarare located in unlikely placesfrontage facing a dead-end backstreethowever they survive due to pedestrian trafficcatering to the daily needs of kg ayer folks on their way home.

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  • above-street walkways in bsb

    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 downpours

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  • sidewalks of bsb

    bandar has a few sidewalks that invokes memories of old....arab street where vendors offered all sorts of stuffboonpang cinema carpark was the night market of yesteryears

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Bandar Seri Begawan Sports & Outdoors

  • Tacek Waterfall and Park

    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...

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  • Australian and American Wrecks

    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...

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Bandar Seri Begawan Favorites

  • The Center of Brunei

    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...

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  • FUEL

    A good way to see the sights is to hire a car, WITH the added plus.......fuel is very cheap here compared to other countries.But beware, because recently, they have made fuel dearer for foreigners than locals, it still is reasonable though!

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  • Safety/Scamming in Bandar Seri Begawan

    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...

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