BRUNEI 101

Tips, guide, experience…

  • Brunei Darussalam is located at the north coast of the island of Borneo in South East Asia
  • There are two direct flights from the Philippines to Brunei. First is the Royal Brunei Airlines departing from NAIA terminal 1 and second is Cebu Pacific Air departing from NAIA terminal 3
  • If you’re flying Cebu Pacific Air, be ready for a red-eye flight
  • The money changer in the airport has better exchange rate compared to our hotel (The Brunei Hotel)
  • Taxi to and from the airport cost B$30
  • English is widely spoken
  • Brunei dollar and Singapore dollar are pegged in the same rate.
  • B$1 is about 33 Philippine Peso
  • Most establishment accept Singapore dollar, so no need to exchange currency
  • There are only a few taxi in Brunei so transportation is a bit difficult if you don’t know how to use the public bus service
  • It is more practical to book for a tour in a travel agency than doing the sightseeing on your own
  • There are only a few hotels to choose from, and their location is a bit far from each other. Hence, choose a hotel with great accessibility
  • Not a shopping country. You would probably spend money only food and transportation
  • Majority of the population are Muslim so don’t expect pork to be served at a restaurant
  • Wear conservative clothes. Despite the weather, I strongly discourage you to wear minimal clothing because locals will really stare at you.
  • There are no more people in the streets around 8 in the evening
  • No nightlife
  • There are Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and Jollibee outlets around the city
  • Their food lacks a little flavor (or it’s just me?)
  • Although, they don’t say it, but you can really see that women are not in equal footing with men
  • Vehicles are right hand drive
  • You can safely cross the street. Drivers would really stop when there are pedestrians
  • There are a lot of Filipinos working there. Most of them are in the hospitality field such as in restaurants and hotels
  • Muslim people really take their prayers seriously. Respect them.

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