I am not a writer. I am just the person who is addicted to travels and has passion for capturing every single piece of traveling memories in words
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I have been to Brunei twice for the past two months. At first, people told me that there was nothing in here and that it was just boring and ways expensive compared to Miri in Brunei. However, I need to go there anyways to do border run. So there I go.
– How to go there
For now, I am living in Miri, about 3 hours from the center of center of Brunei by bus. So I got there by bus. Bus ticket can be bought at Bus Station in Jalan Pujut in Miri.
+ From Miri to Brunei (City): 40 RM
+ From Brunei to Miri: 18 BND (You can also use Singapore dollars. Same value)
For Vietnamese people, we don’t need visa for staying in Brunei within 14 days.
– Where to stay
Before departure, I booked one night at Apek Utama Hotel about 3 km from City (Reachable by bus with 1 BND of bus fare). The room rate is 35 USD/ night. Yea, I know, its stupid price. Ridiculous much. However, my friend told me that it’s considered as a cheap room in Brunei, so I take it anyways. Having getting there, I realized that I could stay in dorm room at Youth Center with only 10 USD/ night. (For this choice, it depends on your luck whether you can get a bed or not, coz the place is always crowded)
– The language and the transportation
+ Language: English and Malay.
+ Transportation: Mainly bus. Don’t count on taxis which are normally all taken when you try to grab one. Another kind of transport is water taxi to travel to Kampong Ayer (Water Village): 1 BND/ each route.
– What to see and to do
+ Royal Regalia Museum (free entrance): Please don’t miss it. Amazing exhibition and a great effort to make the old days alive. You can walk here from main bus terminal.
+ Sultan Omar Ali Saijuddin Mosque (free entrance and stands within walking distance from bus terminal) and Jame Asr Hassanal Bolkia Mosque (free entrance. To get there, you wait for the bus 01C at bus terminal)
+ Kampong Ayer (Water Village) (free entrance). To get there, you need to catch a water taxi with 1 BND for each one way route. At the entrance of village, you can visit the museum in which you will be given “I Love Brunei” badget for free. Awesome huh?
– There is “nothing” and “something” I have got from my trip
+ The full name of the country is “Brunei Darussalam” which means “The place of peace” in Malay. Actually, Brunei is quite under control. Except for the high living cost, Brunei made good impression on me with clean environment, friendly people,…
+ When I was waiting for my taxi near the hotel, there was one guy stopping by and asking whether I need a lift. He was so good that he spent one hour to drive me to the Sultan Tomb, then to Sultan Mosque, to the Dairy Queen Ice Cream shop (you should try the ice cream with 4 BND which the shopkeepers will serve you upside down. Well, it means, they will put the ice cream upside down in front of you to astonish you (well, for sure). If the ice cream falls down, you can get another one for free), then to Royal Museum
+ The custom officers were quite nice when they worked on my passport. Though, on the way back to Malaysia, the custom officer of Malaysian Immigration Department asked me quite lots of questions before concluding “You’re Vietnamese but your English is so good huh?”
Well, I always have fun with the custom officers. Two weeks ago, I flew back here from KK (Kota Kinabalu) and the custom officer asked whether I felt scared when traveling alone. After all, he gave me his number and told me to text him if I needed any help that he could offer.
Hmm, I have been busy these days working as an editor and a writer. I am planning to visit Myanmar and Laos to complete my “SE Asia tour”. Anyways, next month, I will go back to Kuala Lumpur to pick up my sister then we travel to Singapore together. I have a lot of things needed to be written down here but I am too lazy. Haiz.
If you need any guide on traveling to Brunei or Malaysia or Manila (I will compose a post about this place soon), feel free to contact me by commenting here. Cheers!