Total expenses incurred (5 days): Rm535.08 + B$46.30=Rm677 (US$165)
Air Asia ticket (KL>Bandar Seri Begawan return) : Rm$278.08 (inclusive of airport tax & insurance)
Flight: KL>BSB-13.10>15.30;BSB>KL 15.55>18.20
Airport Skybus KL: Rm11 x 2=Rm22.00
Airbnb homestay (4 nights): Rm$235.00
Transport Mini Bus: B$27.00
Exchange Rates: B$1=Rm3.07; US$1=Rm4.11
|Map of South East Asia|
|Map of Brunei|
For those who like to see a bit of the country side outside of the capital, you can do a mini bus (B$1) day trip from Bandar Seri Begawan to Muara and another day trip to Seria & Kuala Belait. Mini bus services (B$6) from Bandar Seri Begawan pass the Tutong town before arriving in Seria. From Seria, it only takes approx. 30 mins by mini bus (B$1) to Kuala Belait. From Muara, you could take a ferry to Labuan, a duty free island town in East Malaysia and from Kuala Belait, you could visit Miri, a border town close to the Brunei & Malaysia border ! The adventurous ones could join an overnight day tour (B$160) to Ulu Temburong, the famous rainforest in Brunei !
As for my hostel accommodation, I had my first homestay experience booked through Airbnb website and I should confess that I thoroughly enjoyed my 4 nights stay (Rm235) in Bandar Seri Begawan !
If you are not particularly fussy about food, why not savior the local Nasi Katok (deep fried chicken + rice) which costs B$1-1.50 per plate or pack for takeaway ! If you enjoy eating spicy Indian food, a plate of rice with mixed vegetables costs B$1.50 and with meat, the price is B$2.50 ! Alcoholic drinks are banned from drinking in the public places in this strict Muslim country !
In Brunei, Singapore currencies (same value with Brunei dollars) are widely accepted here. Guessed what, I took out a S$50 note initially from my wallet to change for smaller notes in a local bank and towards the end of my trip after taking into account of my entire public transport & food spending throughout my five days stay in Brunei - I still had a few one dollar notes left in the pocket ie the total expenses incurred was only B$46.30 ! Incredible !
1) Bandar Seri Begawan
|Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque|
|Pantai Muara (Muara Beach)|
|The Billionth Barrel Monument|
5) Kuala Belait
Bon Voyage - My 5 days short & memorable stay in Brunei - Goodbye ! Selamat Jalan ! Jumpa Lagi !