Mini Quick Guide to Brunei Darussalam

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Introduction

It is officially called as the Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace or in Malay, Negara Brunei Darussalam.

Population-417K

Area- 5,765 km2  sq.km

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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.

 

Money

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

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Transport

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.

 

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How to go to Bandar Seri Begawan
Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB) is the capital city of the Sultanate of Brunei. Outside Serasa Ferry Terminal, you can find bus going to BSB. Below is the time schedule. Fare: 1 Brunei dollar

 

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BSB Bus Schedule

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Serasa Ferry Terminal

 

Language

Official language is Malay. Some of the useful phrases I learned:

Selamat pagi/petang/malam

Terimah kasih- thank you

Sama-sama-you’re welcome

Ya- Yes

Tidak- No

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

Makan- Eat

minum- drink

Jalan-jalan-walk

 

Souvenirs

 

What could be a best souvenir from Brunei? Check this out:

 

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Brunei Traditional Handwoven Dress

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Borneo Pearls

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Queer Stuff

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Butterflies

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Cute Proboscis Stuff Toys

Accommodation

 

There are quite a good number of places to stay in Brunei depending on your budget.

 

Banana Homestay & Hostel

 

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EasyBox Budget Hotel

 

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Brunei Hotel

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Terrace Hotel

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Radisson Hotel

 

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Food and drink

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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Things to do

It maybe the smallest country in Southeast Asia but the list of things to do is innumerable. Click here to see what are the top things you can do in Brunei.

 

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Anna is a travel buff, logophile, choreophile, an adventurous foodie & glossophilia.She loves writing, dancing, traveling & learning languages. She speaks more than 5 languages and have been to more than 20 countries so far. In her leisure time, she loves to listen to music, dance & try cooking.

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