Brunei Travel Itinerary Expenses 2D2N
Negara Brunei Darussalam – that is the country’s fullname. Darussalam means “abode of peace” and negara means “country” in Malay. I didn’t know that until we went there. The country is truly peaceful and calm as there’s no loud music nor loud people. They are kind and respectful. This small oil rich country is situated between provinces of Malaysia near Miri and Kota Kinabalu in Sabah. It’s a great stop-over for travelers going through this route.
Luckily, we got very cheap roundtrip tickets from Cebu Pacific in one of their getgo seat sales for just P1477.43 total per person. And luckier because my friend and former officemate is working there so we got to stay in his place and tour the city for absolutely no cost for 2 days (Thanks man!). Anyway, even if we didn’t pay for any tours, transportation and accommodation, our guide can still help you plan your budget and itinerary. Read further for tips and recommendations.
8:20PM – Flight to Brunei
10:40PM – Arrive Bandar Seri Begawan
8AM – Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque
9AM – Kampong Ayer
10AM – Yayasan SHHB Complex
12PM – Lunch then rest
6PM – Gadong Night Market
Istana Nurul Iman (Palace of the Sultan)
9PM – Billiards
9AM – Breakfast
10AM – Went back to Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque to go inside
12PM – Lunch
1PM – National stadium
3PM – Rest
6PM – Dinner at Gwad Basha Arabian Restaurant
7PM – Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque
11:25PM – Flight to MNL
1:20AM – Arrive MNL
Check out either DST and TelBru stalls in the airport.
Going to/from Brunei and Manila
As mentioned, we got roundtrip tickets from Cebu Pacific in one of their getgo seat sales for just P1477.43 total per person.
Going around Brunei
Bruneians and Foreign workers mostly use their cars as mode of transportation. Fortunately, I have a friend in Brunei to tour us on his car. I can just imagine how hard it is to travel around if we will commute as the buses are limited and it’s hard to find bus stops in the city. Plus it’s really hot out there so walking should be your last option.
There are no Uber or Grab in Brunei but there is an App called ‘Dart’. We didn’t use it but Dart is a legit ride sharing app. Check their website here.
Also, there are no trains in Brunei. I think in this kind of situation, it’s better to join a group tour through travel agencies there. You can check Sunshine Borneo Tours here.
Again, thanks to the very warm hospitality of my friend that he let us stay in his flat in Brunei. But those looking for hotels, check these recommended accommodations. Click the link to go to their booking page in Agoda.
Or you can search and compare prices of accommodation here
We only had two days to explore Brunei so we didn’t get to explore much outside the city of Bandar Seri Begawan. We focused on eating and just touring around the city with my friend and his wife. Here are the places we went to:
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque – Beautiful and elegant Mosque that is the symbol of Brunei and the tallest building in Bandar Seri Begawan. It’s surrounded by an artificial lagoon where a stone boat is situated. You can go inside the Mosque but note the schedule of visit.
Kampong Ayer – also known as the ‘Venice of the East’ is the world’s largest water village situated over Brunei Bay where thousands of people actually live there on stilts. It’s complete with schools, restaurants, hospital, a fire and police department and a Mosque. Hire a water taxi to tour you around for 5BND each (some will ask for a higher rate but you can negotiate).
Yayasan SHHB Complex – shopping mall near Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque and Kampong Ayer.
Istana Nurul Iman (Palace of the Sultan) – Only outside the gate. You can visit inside only during Hari Raya.
Jerudong Park – A theme park with rides for children and adults. We didn’t go in and only took pictures outside but from what I’ve noticed, this is the only theme park I’ve seen that is quiet and peaceful.
National Stadium – This is where the 1999 20th SEA Games was held.
Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque – another beautiful Mosque in the capital. Go here at night as it is more lovely.
Other places to visit
There are more places to visit in Brunei and most of it are outside the capital. If you have more time and in for more adventures, check these places:
Royal Regalia – museum and exhibit of Brunei’s history
Ulu Temburong National Park
Labi Forest reserve
Andulau Forest Reserve
Or you can cross the border and go to Miri, Malaysia or Kota Kinabalu in Sabah.
Food is so good in Brunei! Its cuisine is similar to Malaysia but you’d often see restaurants that serves Singaporean, Indonesian, Arabic, Indian and even Filipino Food. Yes, there are lots of Jollibee stores in Brunei even at the airport!
On our first night, we ate at Gadong Night Market. Lots of variety of food here like BBQ’ed meat (lamb, beef, chicken and chicken ass, fish), satays, soups like Soto Daging (kinda like a combination of pho and beef mami), noodles (mee goreng and other varieties) and fruits. Also try their beverages like lemon tea, fresh coconut and lime juice. I assure you, you’ll enjoy eating here. You’d smell like bbq but you’ll enjoy it.
For dessert, try Cendol. It’s a sweet iced dessert mixed with coconut milk and palm sugar then topped with red beans and green rice flour jelly. It’s absolutely delicious.
For lunch the next day, we went to The Mall at Gadong. It kinda reminds me of Greenhills in San Juan as there are lots of electronic stores and restaurants.
On our last night, we splurged a bit and ate at Gwad Basha Arabian Restaurant. No regrets on spending here. The food is glorious. Authentic Arabian food for you cooked by an Arabian chef.
Note that food in Brunei is halal so pork and alcohol is not served there.
Here is a summary of our Expenses in Brunei. Please note that shopping items and souvenirs were not included as this may vary per individual preferences. Also note that we didn’t spend on accommodation and transportation. Just make this as a reference on estimating your budget especially on food items. Exchange rate as of this writing is 1BND = 37.45PHP.
|Day 0 (Flight to Brunei)|
|Flight to Brunei via Cebu Pacific||1477.43||Roundtrip ticket|
|Day 1 (Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Kampong Ayer, Yayasan, Gadong Night Market, Istana Nurul Iman, Jerudong Park)|
|Mid-breakfast||149.78||Roti telur, Tea tarik, Water = 4BND|
|Kampong Ayer Boat tour||187.23||5BND per person|
|Dinner at Gadong Night Market||187.23||10BND Total Divided by 2
Daging in a bun, Lamb kebab, buko juice, lime juice, satay skewers, sausage, mee goreng. Each item cost 1BND except for Daging(2BND) and Lamb Kebab (3BND).
|Day 2 (National stadium, Monkey sightings, Jame' 'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque, Flight to MNL)|
|Breakfast||86.15||Nasi Kato (1BND), Soto Daging (2BND), Ice cream (1.6BND) shared by us|
|Lunch||301.5||16.1BND Total shared by us
Vietnam Chix Chop Rice (5BND), Roasted chicken rice (3.5BND), Crispy noodles (4BND), Rose drink (2BND), milk drink (1.6BND)
|Dinner at Gwad Basha Arabian Restaurant||374.5||20BND Total shared by us
Chicken Shawarma, Mix Grilled meat plate, dessert
Yes, you read that right. P2838.72 per pax for 2 days for an international travel. First, we got cheap roundtrip tickets and second, we were accommodated by my friend’s warm hospitality in Brunei. It really pays to have friends around the world 🙂
PS: VISA in Brunei is not needed but the immigration officers will ask for a return ticket if you stated that you’re visiting as a tourist.
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