About

Hi, thanks for popping by BruneiTravelGuide.com. This site was setup as a journal for myself to remember the path I’ve journeyed in the next 2 years to come. I’m from Singapore and i’ve recently been posted to Brunei on a work trip. And have been here since mid-2012. Am loving the tranquility of the country and the pace of life is blessedly slow, unlike the bustling cities of KL and Singapore. Culture here is pretty much preserved and undiluted. I get a better feel of their way of life when visiting  the more rural areas like Temburong or Tutong. People are generally warm here and they practice good driving courtesy on the road. What amazes me most is the way the drivers give way to others on the road even during peak hours, which makes driving here very pleasant especially for new drivers. I’ll go into more details on my experiences on the things i do and places i’ve been on my posts, and of course with a little of my own opinion added ;p

Meanwhile, below are some basic information i’ve gathered. I may or may not have included everything about this Sultanate land, if you can’t find something you are looking for here, feel free to drop me a note via the contact page and i’ll try my best to get you more information on it. Or you can email me directly at info@bruneitravelguide.com.


About Negara Brunei Darrussalam

Brunei Darussalam is probably one of the smallest non-island countries around. It’s located in South-East Asia, surrounded on three sides by the Malaysian State of Sarawak. To the north lies the South China Sea. Brunei is not that small a country in terms of size (5,765 sq km), but it has only a population of about 400,000. Majority of the population are Muslims, thus, their official language being Malay. Though many could communicate in English and for some Chinese.

Currency: Brunei Dollar (BND)
Time Zone: GMT +8
Average Temperature: 28-32 degree Celsius all year round
Country Tel Code: +673


Smoking

Smoking is prohibited indoor and some specific places, including government buildings, hospitals, recreational and educational centers restaurants and on public transport.


Alcohol

Sales and public consumption of alcohol is forbidden. However, non-Muslims above 18 years old are allowed to bring in a duty free quota of 2 bottles of wine or spirit and 12 cans of beer for personal consumption upon declaration at the customs (With a minimum of 48 hours between entries).


Emergency numbers

Police: 999
Fire Department: 995
Ambulance: 991
Directory Enquiry: 113
Flight Information: 2331747


List of Banks

Local Banks:
Baiduri Bank Berhad (Commercial Bank)
Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam Berhad (BIBD)
Perbadanan Tabung Amanah Islam Brunei (TAIB)

Foreign Banks:
Citibank N.A
HSBC
Maybank
RHB Bank
UOB Bank
Standard Chartered Bank

Financial Institutes:
Baiduri Finance Berhad (Local)
IBB Kredit Berhad (Local)
HSBC Finance Berhad (Foreign)

Money remittance/transfer are available at all banks. Western Union services are also available at all Baiduri Bank branches.


Telecommunications
There are two main telco service providers here, DST and Bmobile. You will need to first register for the startup kit at any of the branches, afterwhich, prepaid topup cards can be purchased from any authorised dealers in all major shopping areas. Most public phones are operated on calling cards (Hello, Netkad, Payless), which can be easily purchased at most of the stores. Calling card comes in B$5, B$10, B$20 & B$50 denominations.


Getting Around

Roads to towns here are quite straight forward. You can easily get around on their public buses or rent a car from;
Avis: +673 222 7100
Hertz: +673245 2244
Jasra: +673223 5100
Qawi: +673265 5550

Buses
There are a total of six bus routes to get around Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB) – Central line, Eastern Line, Western Line and Northern line. Bus services operate from 6.30am – 6pm daily. You just pay B$1 per trip. Bus terminal is at the multi-storey carpark on Jalan Cator in BSB. There are buses to towns like Tutong, Kuala Belait and Seria. As while as shopping areas like Gadong, Kiulup and Times Square. Tip: You need not have to wait for the next bus-stop to alight nearest to your destination, drivers can stop anyway along the way if you make a request politely.

Taxis
Taxis here do not run on meters. You might be able to hail for one at the hotels, airport or main shopping malls only if you’re lucky. So it is advisable to call beforehand to prearrange for one. Here are some numbers you can try calling;
BSB: +673 222 2214, +673 222 6853
KB: +673 333 4581
Seria: +673 322 2020, +673 322 2155
Airport Taxi Service: +673 234 3671

Water Taxis
This is the only means of transport for those staying or visiting Kampong Ayer (the water village). You can see Kampong Ayer from across at Bandar Sero Begawan town. The water taxis are usually lined up at the jetties along the river (you can try the one right outside the Kaisen restaurant, if you’re not sure where are the jetties). Fares are negotiable but a standard ride across usually cost around B$1. Look for Subok jetty for rides to Temburong. Cost per ride to Temburong will cost B$6, starting from as early as 6 am and last boat at 430 pm.

Ferry Services
You can find ferry rides to Labuan Island (Malaysia) from Serasa Terminal in Muara Town. Operating hours are from 7 am – 4 pm daily. Travel time takes around 1.5 hrs. There are also speed boat services available to Sarawak towns of Limbang and Lawas from the same terminal.