Mini Quick Guide to Brunei Darussalam
It is officially called as the Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace or in Malay, Negara Brunei Darussalam.
Area- 5,765 km2 sq.km
These are the notes I took as reminder of what to expect when in Brunei:
Mosque is closed in Thursday and Fridays dring prayer times.
Shoes are to be removed when you enter the mosque.
Don’t pass in front of peope praying.
Do not touch Al-Quran.
Ask permission before taking photos.
Women are required to cover their head, shoulders and knees.
Currency- Brunei Dollar (BND)
1 BND= 40 Php
Credit cards -Visa and master card are widely accepted. Cards with Cirrus systems are accepted at most ATMs.
Daily budget (extreme)- 20 BND
(moderate)- 40-55 BND
Buses- There are 6 bus routes in Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB) area from 6am to 8pm. Fare starts from 1 BND.
Taxis – They are not metered so its advisable to negotiate the fare or take taxi driver number.
Water taxis- these are the common means of transportation in Kampong Ayer.
Ferry Services- From Labuan, ferry departs between 7am to 4pm from Serasa terminal in Muara town which takes about 45- 1 hour.
Official language is Malay. Some of the useful phrases I learned:
Terimah kasih- thank you
Berapa- How much?
Di mana tandas?- Where is the toilet?
Satu, Dua, Tiga- 1,2,3…
Siapa nama awda?- What’s your name?
Nama Saya- My name is
Saya mahu pergi ke- I want to go to
lapangan terbang/bandar/rumah/kedai- airport/town/home/shops
Belok ke kanan/kiri- turn right/ left
Jalan terus-Go straight
What could be a best souvenir from Brunei? Check this out:
There are quite a good number of places to stay in Brunei depending on your budget.
Its cuisine may not be as well known as its neighboring countries but you’ll be surprised that Bruneian cuisine is as interesting and quite unique as the rest of Asian countries. Click here to see must try food.
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