Brunei Local Customs

  • Rice granaries at Kg Rimba
    Rice granaries at Kg Rimba
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  • An older version of rice granary
    An older version of rice granary
    by SangAji
  • Rice granary now home to birds
    Rice granary now home to birds
    by SangAji

Brunei Local Customs

  • DO'S AND DON'TS

    Bruneians are generally very tolerant and will understand that visitors are not familiar with all of their customs and Islamic traditions. Nonetheless, keeping these few things in mind will go far in showing the Bruneian people that you respect and appreciate their culture, enriching your experience:• Tourists should observe the local dress code...

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  • alors. la vie bruneinne..

    Le processus de décision est si lent que les 500 fonctionnaires du ministère du logement ne parviennent pas à produire plus de 300 logements sociaux par an, alors qu'il en faut 10 000. Toute dépense de plus de 25 000 euros doit être personnellement autorisée par le sultan. Aucun fonctionnaire ne part en mission sans lettre signée en haut lieu. Le...

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  • alors. la vie bruneinne..

    Le processus de décision est si lent que les 500 fonctionnaires du ministère du logement ne parviennent pas à produire plus de 300 logements sociaux par an, alors qu'il en faut 10 000. Toute dépense de plus de 25 000 euros doit être personnellement autorisée par le sultan. Aucun fonctionnaire ne part en mission sans lettre signée en haut lieu. Le...

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  • Life in Brunei part 3

    Depuis, chacun s'interroge sur la signification profonde du "raid du Sheraton". "Il y a incontestablement une montée de l'islamisme dans le sultanat", assure un diplomate non européen. "La brigade ne comportait personne du ministère des affaires religieuses, contredit un éminent homme d'affaires brunéien. En fait, c'était l'initiative isolée d'un...

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  • Brunei and Alcohol

    Ni danseuses, ni karaoké, ni poker - mais là, trônant sur une table, incongrues et sans défense, quatre bouteilles d'alcool ont fait office de corps du délit. Les convives ont été priés de se séparer en deux groupes, étrangers d'un côté, Brunéiens de l'autre, et de présenter leurs papiers d'identité. Puis il a été demandé aux propriétaires des...

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  • Islam and Alcohol in the Benevolent...

    Brunei, le royaume des attentes éternelles, par Sylvie KauffmannLE MONDE | 04.02.08 | 13h24e Tout-BSB en parle encore - BSB : Bandar Seri Begawan, capitale du sultanat de Brunei. Sultanat de Brunei : ancien protectorat britannique au nord de l'île de Bornéo qu'il partage avec la Malaisie et l'Indonésie, pays musulman de 380 000 habitants, dont le...

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  • Shaking Hands.. and other cultural...

    Members of the opposite sex do not shake hands. It is impolite to point with the index finger (use the right thumb instead) or to beckon someone with fingers upmost. Instead the whole hand should be waved with palm facing downwards. The right fist should never be smacked into the left palm. Gifts, particularly food, are passed with the right hand....

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  • tree nursery

    This is a tree nursery in the forest; the young trees are kept in shade as they would if growing naturally; the young trees here are durian, as one can see from the remaining burs. The Durian is a very appreciated fruit in all over South East Asia.

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  • Drink water

    Alcoholic beveragesBrunei is a “dry” country, so, no alcoholic beverages; non- Muslims are allowed to import some (24 beer cans and 2 bottles of wine, if you really “need” that), but no “provocation” is allowed, so, no drink in open view (except some restaurants where it is allowed to “bring your own” (drinks)).

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  • hands off !

    Bruneian people are very polite and rely on etiquette, so, the foreigner has to be polite ; never try to shake hands with a lady; it may be a big offence and if the lady does not raise her hand do not try to take it.

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  • Royal Regalia

    It's customary to remove one's shoes when going into homes, mosques and visiting the Royal Regalia building.

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  • Visiting a Mosque

    The Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque welcomes visitors. Visitors are allowed into certain public areas within the Mosque but certain areas are only open and accessible to those of the Muslim faith.Please note that you should remove your shoes before entering the mosque. All women, regardless of religion, are required to cover their hair, arms and...

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  • The sultan, the sultan and more sultan

    The sultan, the sultan and more sultan.... and his family of course :-)) While visiting Brunei you can't escape from the world of the Sultan. Everything in this little Sultanate seems to evolve around him. In almost every sentence of my guide the word 'Sultan' appeared.I've learnt lots about his life during my short visit, seen many of the palaces...

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  • Brunei is a muslim country

    Brunei is a Muslim country and for me that meant adjusting a bit to the local customs. I already mentioned the dress code, but there are a few more things. You can't buy any alcohol in Brunei or pork meat. If you wish you can bring a little bit of alcohol into the country, but be aware of where you drink it.Another thing is not to give or accept...

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  • Money

    The currency used in Brunei is the Brunei Dollar. Although this is the official currency, Singapore dollars are equally exchanged and can be used. As I was never expected of visiting Brunei I didn't have any Brunei dollars with me. But the ATM machine at the shopping centre was of great use and I was the proud owner of some Brunei dollars in no...

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  • Visas

    I was in luck that I didn't need a special visa to enter into Brunei. Dutch (and Swedish) citizens together with several other countries (Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Indonesia, Japan, Luxembourg, Republic of Maldives, Norway, The Philippines, Peru, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand and The Principality of Liechtenstein) can stay 14 days in Brunei...

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  • Dress code

    Brunei is a Muslim country and woman are advised to dress modestly. As I didn't know I was going to visit Brunei (I thought I would only make a very short stop-over in Brunei on my flight to Sabah) I was wearing the totally wrong type of clothing! Eeks! I had no chance to change into some descent clothing because everything was locked up in my...

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  • Being a strict muslim country,...

    Being a strict muslim country, the women need to cover-up everwhere except the lower arms, head and neck..... You can wear shorts and go bare-shuldered.... but you will get alot of stares and verbal harrasment.Oh, one thing I find really annoying in the official bruneian guides is that they tell visitors to be polite and considerate as that is the...

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  • Local Food

    The area around the bus station and Brunei Hotel has a lot of very good Indian restaurants. The owners cater to the Indian migrant workers in Brunei. Authentic and very good value for the money.Taman Bandaraya - A night market just beyond the Royal Regalia Museum off Jalan Tutong. Malay food sold at night. Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah...

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  • Wired!!

    These little houses on stilts can fool you. When you go inside you see refrigerators, air conditioners and all matter of modern appliances. As I said before, the sultan is VERY RICH due to OIL. He gives his subjects eveything. It was the people who turned down his offer of modern housing.

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  • The Sultanate

    This independent sovereign sultanate is ruled by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzadin Waddaulah.

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  • Brunei is a rather...

    Brunei is a rather conservative islamic country. It is more conservative than Malaysia for example. It is not possible to buy alcohol in Brunei. The social conventions which apply to islamic countries in general apply to Brunei too. During the Ramadan period you should not eat or drink in public places during the day time. Restaurants are typically...

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  • Ladies should take a shawl to...

    Ladies should take a shawl to cover their heads upon entering mosques, there are many beautiful temples to see. Also, men should take a clean pair of socks as you will be removing your shoes often. As usual, pleasant smiles will be returned in kind. LINK TO CONTINUED BRUNEI TRAVELOGUE [CLICK HERE]

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Brunei Hotels

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  • Capital Hotel

    7 Simpaga 2, Kg. Berangan, 8211 , Negara, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel Sentosa

    On a hot day when I arrived at KB I wanted to check the three hotels in town. First went to Sentosa...

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  • Radisson Hotel Brunei Darussalam

    Radisson has taken over management of hotel.....

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  • Sea View Hotel

    Lot 3678, 2.6 Km, Jalan Maulana, Kuala Belait, 1131, Brunei Darussalam

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Empire Hotel And Country Club

    It was a very cozy and picturesque place. You are not allowed to swim at night, 9pm maximum. It has...

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  • Riviera Hotel

    Just facing the river and the wilderness beyond is this newer hotel. When I entered the girl at the...

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  • Brunei Hotel

    brunei hotel has completed a facelift and has come-up with some innovative ideas and re-positioned...

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  • Palm Garden Hotel

    Lot 45238, Simpang 88, Kampong Kiulap, Bandar Seri Begawan, BE1518, Brunei Darussalam

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Orchid Garden Hotel

    Lot 31954, Simpang 9 Kg. Anggerek Desa, Bandar Seri Begawan, BB3713, Brunei Darussalam

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

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