Brunei in January?
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Jan 17, 2013 9:28 AM Last Post By: alfredm
Oct 14, 2012 8:46 PM
Oct 15, 2012 12:49 AM
11) Brunei is nice all year around.
2) What sort of things do you want to do? Without knowing that it's a bit hard to make suggestions. Try http://www.bruneitourism.travel/ for some ideas.
3) Brunei is on the island of Borneo. Other countries that are also partly on Borneo are Malaysia and Indonesia. You can easily access some parts of Malaysian Borneo from Brunei. It really depends on what parts you want to see, whether or not you can easily access it from Brunei. BSB in Brunei is easily accessible with direct flights from many large cities in Asia (full service and budget airlines), from Melbourne, Australia and Dubai.
Nov 1, 2012 1:01 AM
2Things to do in Brunei:
Visit the Mosques
Boat trip round the water village (worth going by day and by night)
Food at the night market
Would recommend around 3 days there and you can see my itinerary for more information underneath.
Nov 13, 2012 9:51 PM
31). 24 January 2013 will be a public holiday due anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) ie Maulud Nabi. HM the Sultan usually leads the Royal Family in the procession around BSB, about 7kms walk. B4 the procession, he will shake hands with heads of processions and the public, including the occasional tourists.
January is also the rainy season, so cooler than usual, and durians should still be aplenty. No other major national event being lined-up.
2). Most tourists stay around the capital BSB and visit the SOAS Mosques, Royal Regalia Museum, Kampong Ayer, Kota Batu Museum, Arts & Handicrafts Centre, Damuan River tour, Istana Nurul Iman, Gadong nite Market and commercial area ie Mall & Centrepoint, plus only McD in Brunei. This require minimum 2 days, more depending on your depth of interests.
Further out, Empire Hotel & Country Club, Jerudong Park Playground, Royal Brunei Golf & Country Club and Bukit Shahbandar Recreational Forest would require 1 day.
Eastwards, Temburong and longhouses, and Belalong National Forest, and river rafting down the Temburong river require 2D/1N for native and eco-tourism. The boat ride thru mangroves forest and nipah palms is a must.
Westward, Seria & Kuala Belait oilfields plus Tasek Merimbun in Tutong also need a day road trip.
Bordering Brunei, westward is Miri and Niah caves, plus Mulu Caves via Miri and south of Brunei.
Sandwiched in-between BSB and Temburong is Limbang, Sarawak, doable by road thru Kuala Lurah (KL) or by boat thru riverine about 25mins ride. From Limbang, possible to go to Mulu via headhunters trail, only for the really intrepid.
From Temburong and heading north is Lawas, Sarawak, was Old Brunei's capital, 600+ yrs ago, and onwards to Sipitang, Sabah and Kota Kinabalu (350kms from BSB).
Across Brunei Bay is Labuan (Duty Free) Island, 45 mins by ferry from Muara Port and Serasa Ferry Terminal, Brunei. or 90 mins by vehicles ferry. Fresh seafood and chocolates... From Labuan, ferry to KK, or by bus thru Menumbok, Sabah.
3). From Brunei, fly in or out by Royal Brunei thru Melbourne, London, Dubai, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Jakarta, Manila, Hongkong, Shanghai... plus Kuching and Kota Kinabalu (also served by MasWings)..... plus Kuala Lumpur by AirAsia, and Manila by CebuPacific... and Singapore by SQ/Silkair....
From Kota Kinabalu, fly in/out by RBA or MasWings.. or MAS to Kuala Lumpur...
From Kuching, fly to Singapore or Kuala Lumpur or Johore by MAS.
From Miri, fly in/out by AirAsia to Kuala Lumpur.
Nov 13, 2012 11:04 PM
4One day is enough for Bandar Seri Begawan (there is not that much to see).
The Ulu Temburong NP is nice (great rainforest, although you won't see wildlife):
Jan 17, 2013 8:20 AM
5I am just back from Brunei.
I was quite positively suprised by Brunei.
I can add that stay in The Empire Hotel and Country Club is amazing experiance.
Its 5* hotel with 3* prices.
Yes, its not backpacker style travel, but its worth to do it once on your trip.
Price for 60 sqm double was cca 120 EUR a night.
Flights to/from Brunei are not the cheapest in SE Asia.
I strongly recommand to go to Kota Kinabalu or Miri and take cheap flight from there. There are not only flights from KK to Kuala Lumpur, but some other quite cheap conections on low-cost airways as to Philipines (Clark / Luzon airport) or Hong Kong / Macao.
To KK are few flights a day, but there is direct bus at 8 am or ferry via Labuan.
To be abble to do Brunei to KK in one day you should take a first ferry at 8 am from Brunei to Labuan.
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