Travelling by air to Brunei is usually the preferred choice of transportation as it is also the most convenient.
Brunei International Airport (BIA) is connected to destinations around the globe with services by Royal Brunei Airlines (RB), Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Thai Airways, as well as budget airlines such as Cebu Pacific Air and AirAsia. RB flies to 13 major cities in Asia Pacific, South Asia, the Middle East, and London.
Located in the capital district, BIA is a service hub equipped with retail outlets, restaurants as well as banking and communication facilities. The airport is also currently undergoing a terminal modernisation and expansion project worth B$130 milion to improve facilities.
The project was designed according to international standards and regulations, with particular attention to promote Brunei’s philosophy of Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB).
With this project, the BIA aims to be a beacon for Brunei to be on par with regional airport giants as well as to promote Brunei’s unique culture and livelihood.
Located at the heart of Southeast Asia, Brunei is well-connected to destinations around the world. Travelling around the country is fairly easy with the well-developed transport system here. Various types of vehicles and public transportation are made available for both local dwellers and tourists to get around the country
Public buses in the capital and BruneiMuara district are reliable, convenient and inexpensive. These services usually operate daily from 6:30am to 7:00pm and fares start from B$1.00. Public and private buses also travel to other major towns such as Tutong, Seria and Kuala Belait, and usually depart from the bus terminal located at downtown Bandar Seri Begawan.
A popular tourist attraction, water taxis and speedboats are the sole mode of transportation within Kampong Ayer. It is also the mode of transportation for passengers travelling between Bandar Seri Begawan and Temburong.
Tours around Kampong Ayer are not expensive and passengers can easily hail boat services from docking ports along the banks of the Brunei River.
Passengers travelling to Temburong must first purchase a ticket from the jetty located in Jalan Residency at the capital.
Everyone can also now enjoy a scenic cruise along the Brunei River which is still pristine in its natural state. The cruise vessel, MV Sentosa, was launched in November 2014 and provides a
unique experience to touring the Brunei River and Kampong Ayer.
The MV Sentosa will operate from Queen Elizabeth II Jetty, located at Kampong Dato Gandi on Jalan Kota Batu.
USEFUL MALAY PHRASES
Brunei is a multiethnic country with the population being predominantly Malay. The Sultanate’s official language is Malay, although English is widely spoken by most of the population. Most signs in the country are also written in English. Here are some helpful phrases for the avid tourist visiting Brunei:
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