Bandar Seri Begawan
Places of interest in Bandar Seri Begawan
Well, thatís one of the tricky bits: there isnít one, exactly. If you go in by bus, youíll know where to go back to because youíll be dumped off there. If you flew in, here are the best directions I can manage:
The ďbus stationĒ is a pull off lane added to the main road that runs along the waterfront. It is in front of the building adjacent to the bright red Chinese temple, which you truly cannot miss and directly across the street from the canal boasting the red and white candy striped dock poles (the only ones painted like that on the whole canal, so thatís a landmark.) If you ask anyone in the downtown area, theyíll help you find it. Itís one street ďoverĒ from the main street that runs in front of the Royal Regalia Museum and the main mosque. Downtown is not that big, take a walk, youíll find it. (Take a close look at the background of the above photo, thatís the departing bus in itís launch location.)
Living standards in Brunei are high which means it is very difficult for the
budget traveller to find good quality, affordable accommodation.
KH Soon Guesthouse in the city centre of Bandar Seri Begawan
K.H. Soon Resthouse
Kiau Lian Building | 140 Jalan Pemancha, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
Pusat Belia (the cheapest hostel in Brunei).
Pusat Belia (on Jalan Sungai Kianggeh) is Bruneiís only Youth Hostel. Designed more for school groups than for backpackers, dorm beds are around US$10/night, making it the cheapest sleep in town. Thereís also a swimming pool. Male and female sleeping quarters are separated. The location is convenient as it is close to downtown BSB. It is definitely worth booking in advance especially during busy holiday periods.
The Pusat Belia Hostel in Bandar Seri Begawan is the only one hostel all over the Sultanate. The building itself is located smack in the middle of downtown Bandar Seri Begawan the capital of Brunei.
Brunei Youth Hostel (Pusat Belia) at Bandar Seri Begawan was just a short walk to the nice places in this country.
This place is definitely cheap and is perfect for backpackers who want to have a great stay here in Brunei.
The place is huge with a big swimming pool. They have common areas and some internet place where guests can rent a computer. They also have a cafeteria.
The front area could catch up WiFi.
Dorm rooms for Boys are separated from girls.
A common bathroom for each dorm and are clean.
Pusat Belia (Youth Centre)
T : 2223936 2222900
F : 2229423
Main Bus Terminal
Main bus terminal for both long-distance and local buses
At Jalan Cator in the city centre.
It occupies the ground level of a multistory carpark.
From Brunei to Kota Kinabalu by Bus: There is a direct bus service provided by Sipitang Express +60-88-751722 . The total travel time is about 8 and 1/2 hours.
To/from Miri: PHLS Express runs a direct bus between Bandar Seri Begawan and Miri for B$18. The bus leaves Bandar Seri Begawan at 7AM and 1PM and takes about 4 hours.
To/from Seria: Regular buses leave for Seria (where you can change buses to Kuala Belait and onward to Miri) that leave from the main bus terminal. They usually display the departure time on the windscreen. Journey time is about one hour and the fare is B$6 one way. If you want to go all the way to Miri, make sure you start early.
The Miri Belait Transportation Company runs buses between Kuala Belait in Brunei and Miri in Sarawak, Malaysia. The journey requires a bus change at the Sungei Tujoh border checkpoint. Through tickets are however available at RM12.20 from Miri. Note that there have been reports that buses from Miri occasionally refuse to go all the way to the border and stop just before the Asean Bridge at Kuala Baram because of the high toll charge of the bridge. You may have to use taxis to complete the final 5km between the border and the bridge. From Kuala Belait, there are buses to Seria (B$1) where you can change to another bus for Bandar Seri Begawan (B$6).
The entire journey takes about 5 hours and there are only a few buses each day operating on each part of the journey, so start early if you are travelling from Miri to Bandar Seri Begawan or vice-versa.
To/from Kuala Lurah: Local purple buses run from the bus terminal right up to the Kuala Lurah checkpoint throughout the day. Journey is about half hour and fare is B$1 one way. At Kuala Lurah, walk across the border and either catch a bus or taxi into Limbang.
To/from Muara: Regular buses depart from the bus terminal, including some direct non-stop buses, to Muara. Not all Muara buses go to the Serasa Ferry Terminal so check before boarding. Take bus #39 to Pekan Mura and then get ticket stamped and board bus 33 that will take you to Serasa Ferry Terminal.
Bus Terminal at Jalan Cator
The main bus terminal where all long-distance and local buses leave from and arrive is at Jalan Cator in the city centre. It occupies the ground level of a multi-storey car park.
To/from Kota Kinabalu: There is a direct bus service from Kota Kinabalu to Bandar Seri Begawan. The service is provided by Sipitang Express +60-88-751722 . The total travel time is about 8 and 1/2 hours.
Hotel Koperasi Seria,
located at Lot 6116, Jalan Sharif Ali, Seria, Brunei Darussalam, Brunei.
Room rates from B$55-$65 per night.
This is the cheapest hotel found in Seria with acceptable room condition.
Bridge linking Limbang to Brunei
December 8, 2013
The RM20.8 mil bridge strengthen relations between Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam
Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei Darussalam officially opened the RM20.8 million bridge at the Malaysia-Brunei Darussalam common border on 8 December 2013.
189 meter long and 14 meter wide bridge.
Najib and Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah signed a plaque and cut a ribbon in a symbolic gesture to open the Friendship Bridge that goes across the Pandaruan River and connecting the Limbang Division in Sarawak to the Temburong District in Brunei.
The launch of the project at the site was held on Sept 13, 2011, and construction work began in May 2012. The bridge was completed in December 2013.
It boosts trade, tourism and cuts travel time between nations
The friendship bridge linking Temburong of Brunei, and Limbang of Sarawak contribute towards increasing cross-border trade while enhancing the socio-economic status of residents in both areas, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said yesterday.
The bridge cost RM21.9 million and shared by both Malaysian and Brunei governments.
It help promote tourism between the countries as it was an important component of the Pan Borneo trunk road in line with the Asean Community objectives to be realized by 2015.
The trunk road runs from Kuching of Sarawak, to Tawau of Sabah.
More than 100,000 tourists from Brunei visited Sabah and Sarawak in 2012.
This figure grow with the opening of this friendship bridge.
The 200m-long bridge across Sungai Pandaruan had eased traveling time, he added.
Before the completion of the bridge, travelers, have had to wait for hours to use ferries to cross the 60m-wide river, which took less than five minutes.
The bridge was the vital missing link of the Pan Borneo Highway linking Sematan in the western part of Sarawak and Tawau.
The ferry crossing was just 20m, but travelers have to wait a long time to cross the river, especially during holiday seasons.
The ferry service ceased operation with the opening of the bridge.
Crossing is not a hassle on normal days, but during festivities and school holidays, the queues can stretch 2km to 3km on both sides of the border. This is because the ferry can only accommodate 10 vehicles and takes less if the vehicles are bigger.
1. Jelutong Park www.jelutongpark.com
Bus to Jelutong Park at main bus terminal. The park opens at 5:00 pm . The entrance fee for all rides is B$15.00. Taxi back to town at night can be very expensive B$70.00 or more.
Thrill rides in Jelutong are higher standard then those in Genting Highland.
2. Mosque in City Centre
Within walking distance from Ferry terminal in Bandar Seri Begawan.
From Brunei to Sarawak
From Bandar Seri Begawan the main bus terminal take a bus to Seria town (B$10). From Seria get a direct bus ticket to Miri Town (B$11.20) In the process, the passengers need tochange 4 buses and cross 2 rivers via a ferry before reaching Miri town. Whole journey take about 5 hours.
Or get a public bus from Sungai Tujuh immigration point to Miri town (RM5.00)
From Brunei to Miri the roads are all the way paved and some stretch are 4-lane highway.
Green tropical sceneries at one side and the South China Sea breeze on the other side.
Most towns in Brunei along this journey are Kuala Belait, Seria, Jerudong are all beach towns.
K.H.SOON SERVICES AND REST HOUSE (BUDGET INN)
No. 140, Jalan Pemancha, Bandar Sen Begawan,
Tel-.2222052 Pax : 2337264
|Attached Bathroom / Toilet||B$ 35||B$ 39|
|Without Attached Bathroom / Toilet||B$ 30||B$ 35|