Brunei tourism:Language

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Bahasa Melayu (Malay) is the official language, but English is widely spoken. Mandarin, Chinese dialects and native languages of Borneo are also spoken by segments of the population.

Any small effort to demonstrate your enthusiasm for learning Brunei’s culture will be most appreciated by the Bruneians, who have a deep respect for their centuries-rich Malay culture. While no Bruneian expects a visitor to have mastered the Malay language and most speak at least conversational English, a few useful words and phrases will help make your stay even more enjoyable.

ENGLISH MALAY
Good morning Selamat Pagi
Good afternoon Selamat Petang
Good night Selamat Malam
Thank you Terima Kasih
You’re welcome Sama-sama
What is your name? Siapa Nama Awda?
My name is … Nama saya …
Excuse me Maafkan saya
Yes Ya
No Tidak
How much? Berapa?
Where is the toilet? Di mana tandas?
I want to go … Saya mahu pergi ke …
Turn right Belok ke kanan
Turn left Belok ke kiri
Go straight Jalan terus

To learn Malay online for free, please visit : www.phrasebase.com/learn/malay.php

Brunei Tourism:Money And Banking

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The local currency is the Brunei Dollar (BND). Dollar notes are available in $1, $5, $10, $50, $100, 500 and $1,000 denominations, while coins are in 1, 5, 10, 20, and 50 cent denominations. The Brunei Dollar is pegged to the value of the Singapore Dollar and both currencies can be used in Brunei.
USD1.00 = BND1.28 approx.
EUR1.00 = BND1.77 approx.

GBP1.00 = BND 2.06 approx.
AUD1.00 = BND 1.27 approx.

For latest rates, please check : http://www.hsbc.com.bn/1/2/personal/forex-rates

Banking Hours
Banks are generally open from 9am to 4pm on weekdays and 9am to 11am on Saturdays. Some banks have started operations within shopping complexes and are open till late. Most banks are government-approved to handle traveller’s cheques and currency exchange, and most offer ATMs on international networks.

Credit Cards
All major credit cards (Visa, American Express, MasterCard, Diner’s Club, Unionpay) are accepted widely throughout Brunei.

Money Changers

This is available at the airport, banks, hotel and some licesed money changers. To encash travellers cheques, visit major international banks in the capital.

Money Remittance/Transfer

All major banks or remittance agencies are able to transfer money overseas.

Banks

NAME ADDRESS CONTACT NUMBER
Baiduri Bank Kiarong Complex, Kiarong +673 226 8300
Citibank N.A. Jalan Sultan, Bandar Seri Begawan +673 224 3983
Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) Jalan Pemancha, Bandar Seri Begawan +673 223 8181
Hongkong Shanghai Banking Corp (HSBC) Jalan Sultan, Bandar Seri Begawan +673 225 2222
Malaysian Banking Berhad Jalan McArthur, Bandar Seri Begawan +673 224 2494
RHB Bank Bhd Yayasan Complex, Bandar Seri Begawan +673 222 2515
Union Overseas Bank LTD Bangunan D’Amin Jaya, Kiarong +673 222 5477
Tabung Amanah Islam Brunei (TAIB) Jalan Sultan, Bandar Seri Begawan +673 223 2222
Standard Chartered Bank Jalan Sultan, Bandar Seri Begawan +673 265 8000

Brunei Tourism:Places To Stay

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There is a wide choice of hotels, guesthouses and serviced apartments in the capital and throughout the country. Hotel accommodation in Brunei Darussalam caters to all types of visitors, from luxury to business to tourist class. From the impeccable elegance of the “7-star” Empire Hotel & Country Club or the business refinement and efficiency of the Radisson Hotel, to a number of mid-range and budget hotels and guesthouses throughout the nation, visitors will be greeted with friendly service and Brunei’s trademark hospitality.

Luxury Resort | Rainforest Resort |Business and Tourist Class | Serviced Apartments | Guesthouses and Hostel | Outside Bandar Seri Begawan

Country code : 673

LUXURY RESORT ACCOMMODATION
NAME
CONTACT NUMBER
WEBSITE E-MAIL ADDRESS
Empire Hotel & Country Club
T : 2418888
www.theempirehotel.com sales@theempirehotel.com
F : 2418999
RAINFOREST RESORT ACCOMMODATION
NAME
CONTACT NUMBER
WEBSITE E-MAIL ADDRESS
Ulu-Ulu Resort
T : 2441791
www.uluulurresort.com sales@uluuluresort.com
F : 2441790
Mangrove Paradise Resort
T : 2786867
     2786868
F : 2786869
BUSINESS AND TOURIST CLASS ACCOMMODATION
NAME
CONTACT NUMBER
WEBSITE E-MAIL ADDRESS
Radisson Hotel
T : 2244272
www.radisson.com/brunei radisson@brunet.bn
F : 2221579

The Rizqun International Hotel

T : 2423000 www.rizquninternational.com reservation.rizqun@gmail.com
F : 2428000
The Centrepoint
T : 2430430
www.arhbrunei.com

centrepoint@arhbrunei.com

reservation@thecentrepointhotel.com

F : 2430200
Orchid Garden Hotel
T : 2335544
www.orchidgardenbrunei.com ogh@brunet.bn
F : 2335444
Riverview Hotel
T : 2238238
www.mybruneihotels.com/riverview-hotel rivview@brunet.bn
F : 2237999
Brunei Hotel
T : 2242372
www.bruneihotel.com.bn bruhot@brunet.bn
F : 2226196
Terrace Hotel
T : 2243554
www.terracebrunei.com terrahtl@brunet.bn
F : 2227302
Jubilee Hotel
T : 2228070
www.jubileehotelbrunei.com jubilee@brunet.bn
F : 2228080
Grand City Hotel
T : 2452188
www.bruneibay.net/bruneihotels/grandcity.html grandcity@brunet.bn
F : 2452100
Traders Inn
T : 2442828
www.mybruneihotels.com/traders-hotel tradersinn@brunet.bn
LR Asma Hotel
T : 2612218
www.bruneibay.net/bruneihotels/asma.html lrasmahotel@brunet.bn
F : 2612117
The Holiday Lodge
T : 2611618
www.theholidaylodge.com sales@theholidaylodge.com
F : 2611419
Goodview Hotel
T : 2612168
www.mybruneihotels.com/goodview-hotel rivview@brunet.bn
F : 2610168
Kiulap Plaza Hotel
T : 2232252
www.kiulapplazahotel.com reservation@kiulapplazahotel.com
F : 2232253

Palm Garden Hotel

T : 2233488 www.palmgarden-hotel.com palmgarden@brunet.bn
F : 2234448

Jeruton Hotel

T : 2612233 jerutonhotel@yahoo.com
F : 2611892
Apek Utama Hotel
T : 2220808
F : 2226166
Times Hotel
T: 2337878
www.timeshotelbrunei.com reservation@timeshotelbrunei.com
F: 2337879
SERVICED APARTMENTS
NAME
CONTACT NUMBER
WEBSITE E-MAIL ADDRESS
D’Anggerek Service Apartment
T : 2345222
www.danggerek.com inquiry@danggerek.com
F : 2345333
Abd Razak Hotel Apartments
T : 2241536
www.arhbrunei.com arp@arhbrunei.com
F : 2242301
Le Gallery Suites Hotel
T : 2221228
www.legallerysuiteshotel.com rooms@legallerysuiteshotel.com
F : 2221132
Dar Takaful IBB 2 Service Apartment
T : 2238900
reservation@takaful-ibb.com.bn
F : 2238910
Komplex Mohammad Yussof Service Apartment
T : 2235532
othman6959@hotmail.com
F : 2235528
GUESTHOUSES AND HOSTEL
NAME
CONTACT NUMBER
WEBSITE E-MAIL ADDRESS
Intrepid Units – Central Bandar Seri Begawan
T : 2221685
hotel@bruneibay.net
F : 2221687
Nazira Guesthouse
T : 2612053
www.marimari.com/hotel/brunei/nazira hmarzuqi@brunet.bn
F : 2612201
K.H Soon Services And Rest House
T : 2222052
http://khsoon-resthouse.tripod.com khsoon_resthouse_brunei@hotmail.com
F : 2337264
Seameo Voctech Intn’l House
T : 2447992
www.voctech.org.bn/2004/vih.htm voctech@brunet.bn
F : 2445072
Pusat Belia (Youth Centre)
T : 2223936
2222900
www.bruneiyouth.org.bn jbsbelia@brunet.bn bruneiyouthhostel@hotmail.com
F : 2229423
ACCOMMODATION OUTSIDE BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
NAME
CONTACT NUMBER
WEBSITE E-MAIL ADDRESS
Halim Plaza Hotel (Tutong)
T : 4260688
www.onebrunei.com halim_plaza_hotel@hotmail.com
F : 4222668

Plaza Sutera Biru (Belait)

T : 3347268 www.psb.com.bn info@psb.com.bn
F : 3347269
Riviera Hotel
(Belait)
T : 3335252
www.rivierakb.com riviera_htl@brunet.bn
F : 3331052
The Swiss Hotel Apartment
(Belait)
T : 3331668
www.onebrunei.com swisshotel@brunet.bn
F : 3331638
Tat Place Hotel
(Belait)
T : 3347277
www.tatplacekb.com tatplacekb@gmail.com
F : 3347288
Sea View Hotel
(Belait)
T : 3332651
seaviewhotel@brunet.bn
F : 3342770
3331950
Sentosa Hotel
(Belait)
T : 3331345
www.bruneisentosahotel.com enquiry@bruneisentosahotel.com
F : 3331129
Hotel Koperasi Seria
(Belait)
T : 3227592
3227859
F : 3227604
Pusat Belia / Youth Centre (Temburong)
T : 5221694
www.bruneiyouth.org.bn jbsbelia@brunet.bn bruneiyouthhostel@hotmail.com
Lukut Intan Guesthouse
(Temburong)
T : 5221078
8896162

Brunei Tourism:Getting Around By Land,Air And Boat

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Many of Brunei’s attractions lie within walking distance of each other in the heart of the capital city, Bandar Seri Begawan. A comprehensive public bus system serves the capital and other destinations.

Taxis


There are no metered taxis in Brunei. Taxis are available at most hotels, shopping centres and the airport. In the capital, taxis are located at the Jalan Cator car park. It is advisable to prearrange your taxi rides by contacting the following numbers:-

Bandar Seri Begawan: +673 2222214, +673 2226853

Kuala Belait: +673 3334581

Seria: +673 3222020, +673 3222155

Airport Taxi Service: +673 2343671

Car Rentals


Self-drive or chauffeur-driven cars are available for hire from major hotels and the airport.


NAME

CONTACT NUMBER

1. Avis Rent-A-Car

+673 242 6345 / 244 2284 / 244 6380 / 242 4921

2. Branch – Sheraton Utama Hotel

+673 222 7100

3. Azizah Car Rental

+673 222 9388 / 785 9888 / 881 8880

4. Booklink

+673 244 6380

5. Budget-U-Drive

+673 234 5573 / 4

6. Ellis and Sukma Car Rental

+673 242 7238 / 242 3777 / 875 0285

7. Hani Car Rental

+673 261 1666 / 883 7845

8. Hertz Rent-A-Car

+673 245 2244

9. L&W Automobile Rental & Services Sdn Bhd

+673 875 2783

10. Qawi Enterprise (Rent-A-Car)

+673 265 5550 / 1 / 2

11. Sabli Development & Eng. Co.

+673 239 1122 / 877 9421


Buses


There are six bus routes serving Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB) area and Brunei Muara District – the Central Line, Circle Line, Eastern Line, Northern Line, Western Line and Southern Line. They usually operate from 6.30am – 7.00pm Fares start from B$1.00.

Buses to other major towns such as Tutong, Seria and Kuala Belait depart from the bus terminal located at the Jalan Cator car park in downtown Bandar.

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Airlines

Royal Brunei Airlines flies to 13 major cities in Asia-Pacific, South Asia, the Middle East and Europe via London. Brunei International Airport is connected to destinations worldwide with service by Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Air Asia and Cebu Pacific.

Flight Information: +673 2331747

AIRLINE RESERVATIONS INFORMATION

Web Address

Airlines

Contact Details

Royal Brunei Airlines

+673 224 2222,

+673 224 0505

Malaysian Airlines

+673 222 4141 / 2,

+673 222 3074

Thai Airways

+673 224 2991,

+673 224 2992

Singapore Airlines

+673 224 4901,

+673 224 4902,

+673 224 2903

Air Asia

+673 233 3045

Cebu Pacific

+673 222 2666

+673 224 0985

 

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Water Taxis and Speedboat Services

Water taxis are the most common means of getting to Kampong Ayer and can be hailed from numerous ‘docking ports’ along the banks of the Brunei River. Speedboat Services to Temburong also available and you may purchased from the ticket counters at Jetty located in Jalan Residency at the capital.

Ferry and Boat Services

Car and passenger ferry services to Malaysia depart from Serasa Terminal in Muara. The journey ordinarily takes forty five minutes to Labuan and two hours and the half to Menumbok.

SCHEDULED FOR SPEEDBOAT SERVICES

Departure from Bandar Seri Begawan

to Bangar, Temburong

Time

Cost

Syarikat Amp Hj Salleh Amp Hj Judah & Anak – Anak

6.45 am to 5.15pm

Adult :B$6.00

Senior Citizen :B$5.00

Children below 12 :FOC

Koperasi Pengangkutan Bersatu Temburong dgn Tanggungan bhd

6.45 am to 5.15pm

Adult :B$6.00

Senior Citizen :B$5.00

Children below 12 :FOC

Departure from Bangar, Temburong

to Bandar Seri Begawan

Time

Cost

Syarikat Amp Hj Salleh Amp Hj Judah & Anak – Anak

6.30 am to 4.30pm

Adult :B$6.00

Senior Citizen :B$5.00

Children below 12 :FOC

Koperasi Pengangkutan Bersatu Temburong dgn Tanggungan bhd

6.30 am to 4.30pm

Adult :B$6.00

Senior Citizen :B$5.00

Children below 12 :FOC

SCHEDULED FOR BOAT SERVICES

Departure from Brunei

To

Time

Arrival to Brunei

From

Time

Seri Anna

Labuan

07.30am

Beng Seng Speedboat

Sundar

09.15am

Suria

Labuan

08.30am

Utama Lawas

Lawas

09.30am

Mutiara Laut II

Labuan

09.00am

Rajawali

Labuan

09.45am

Beng Seng Speedboat

Sundar

10.15am

Duta Muhibbah

Labuan

09.45am

Utama Lawas

Lawas

11.30am

Seri Labuan 3

Labuan

01.30pm

Rajawali

Labuan

01.00pm

Duta Muhibbah 3

Labuan

02.30pm

Duta Muhibbah

Labuan

01.00pm

Suria

Labuan

04.00pm

Seri Labuan 3

Labuan

03.30pm

Mutiara Laut

Labuan

05.00pm

Duta Muhibbah 2

Labuan

04.40pm

Seri Anna

Labuan

05.30pm

SCHEDULED FOR FERRY SERVICES

Departure from Brunei

To

Time

Shuttle Hope

Menumbok

9.30am

Arrival to Brunei

From

Time

Shuttle Hope

Menumbok

3.00pm

For more details regarding ferry services, visit www.pkljaya.com or email to info@pkljaya.com

 

 

 

 

Brunei Tourism:Entry Formalities

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Visas

The government of Brunei Darussalam requires all visitors to have a valid passport and onward tickets or sufficient funds to support themselves while in the country. Visa requirements vary by nationality:

 90 days entry with no visa

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary,  Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Slovakia, United Kingdom and United State of America

 30 days entry with no visa

 Iceland,  Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Oman,  Singapore, South Korea,  United Arab Emirates and Ukraine

 Visas granted on arrival for visits not exceeding 

 30 days

 Australia and Kuwait

 30 Days for Diplomatic and Official Passport only

 Iran

 14 days entry with no visa

Canada, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, The Principality of Liechtenstein, Maldives, Peru, Philippines, Switzerland, Thailand, and Vietnam

 Visas granted on arrival for visits not exceeding

 14 days

Bahrain, Qatar and Taiwan

 14 Days for Diplomatic and Official Passport only

Cambodia, Egypt, Pakistan and Russia

14 Days for Diplomatic, Official Passport and Service Passport only

 

Tajikistan

 14 Days for Diplomatic, Official Passport and Visa

 on Arrival only / for genuine tourists handled by

 Travel Agents while for “Business Visit” need

 Sponsors or “Counterpart” in Brunei Darussalam

 China

A 72-hour transit visa issued on arrival is available to all nationalities except for Israeli passport holders.

All other nationals entering Brunei must obtain visas from any Brunei Darussalam diplomatic mission abroad. Please contact your nearest diplomatic mission for further details regarding visas and entry procedures, or check this website: http://www.mofat.gov.bn/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&layout=item&id=42&Itemid=17

Customs

Arriving passengers over 17 years of age are eligible to bring in the following items for personal consumption/use:

 Cigarettes

 Tobacco

 Perfume

 Eau de toilette

 200 sticks

 60 grams

 60 ml

 250 ml

Cigarettes

Passengers will be charged duty on cigarettes of $0.25 tax per stick, equal to $5 per pack of 20 sticks of cigarette, and $50 for one carton of 10 packs.
Other tobacco products – Effective 1st November 2010, import duty on other tobacco products has increased significantly. Passengers will be charged duty for the import of tobacco products.

Alcohol

A non-Muslim over 17-years of age may bring in two bottles of liquor (about 2 litres) and 12 cans of beer for personal consumption, which must be declared to customs upon arrival.

Used Personal Effects

 Cigarettes

 Tobacco

 Perfume

 Eau de toilette

 200 sticks

 250 grams

 60 ml

 250 ml

Inoculation

Yellow fever inoculation are required for visitors over one year of age coming from infected areas. Malaria, cholera and small pox have been eliminated from Brunei Darussalam and the inoculation is not needed.

Airport Tax

Kota Kinabalu & Kuching B$5.00
Other destinations B$12.00

Airport Check-In Times

Please arrive in good time at the airport terminal as this will ensure that your flight operates on schedule. Check local road conditions to avoid possible delay. To enable pre-flight formalities to be concluded, have your baggage screened and checked-in at Brunei International Airport at least one and a half hours before scheduled departure.

Reconfirmation of Bookings

You are required to contact the airline reservation office or its appointed agent for reconfirmation of your outward or return flight at least 72 hours before its scheduled departure date. Failure to do so may result in your reservation being cancelled.

Group Fares

Special fares are available to passengers travelling as a group on certain routes. For details of group rates, please contact your travel agent or any RBA office.

Carriage of Live Animals

Pets and other animals are permitted as checked baggage on all Royal Brunei Airlines flights but can be checked in as manifested cargo. Full details are available from Royal Brunei Airlines’ cargo general enquiry line (Tel: +673 233 3278).

Smoking

Smoking is prohibited in both air-conditioned and non air-conditioned areas. It also banned in specific areas places, including public areas, government buildings, hospital, recreational, airport building, educational centers, restaurants and on public transport.

Brunei Tourism

Home > Events Calendar
2013 CALENDAR OF EVENTS, HOLIDAYS AND CELEBRATIONS
 
JANUARY 2013

NEW YEAR 2013

Tuesday, January 1

BRUNEI SALEBRATION

Tuesday, January 1

Date: 1st January 2013 – 13th January 2013
Venue:

BIBD AT-TAMWIL BERHAD UNIVERSITY CUP 2013

Saturday, January 5

Date: 5th January 2013 – 10th February 2013
Venue:

CONSUMER FAIR PART 11

Wednesday, January 9

Date: 9th January 2013 – 13th January 2013
Venue:

BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY PROJECT LAUNCH YEAR 2012-2013
& ADOURMENT CAMPAIGN & CLEAN VILLAGE CAMPAIGN

Sunday, January 13

Date: 13th January 2013
Venue:

MAULUD DIKIR DISTRICT CONSULATIVE IN CONJUNCTION TO THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD S.A.W BIRTHDAY

Saturday, January 19

Date: 19th January 2013
Venue:

60 YEARS HOUSING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT ANNIVERSARY

Wednesday, January 23

Date: 23rd January 2013 – 27th January 2013
Venue:

CHINESE NEW YEAR BAZAAR

Wednesday, January 23

Date: 23rd January 2013 – 27th January 2013
Venue: Airport Mall

PROPHET MUHAMMAD SHALLALLAHU’ ALAIHI WASSALAM BIRTHDAY (MILAD UN NABI)

Thursday, January 24

Date: 24th January 2013
Venue:

THE NEW XPO

Monday, January 28

Date: 28 January 2013 – 3rd February 2013
Venue: National Indoor Stadium Carpark, Berakas

Top

FEBRUARY 2013

KONVOI KENALI NEGARA KITANI

Friday, February 1

Date: 1st February 2013 – 3rd February 2013
Venue:

REGATTA BRUNEI DARUSSALAM

Sunday, February 3

Date: 3rd February 2013
Venue: Dermaga Diraja, Bandar Seri Begawan

NEGARA BRUNEI DARUSSALAM 29TH NATIONAL DAY

Saturday, February 23

Date: 23rd February 2013
Venue: Taman Muda Sir Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien

Top

MARCH 2013

BRUNEI BIKE WEEK 2013

Friday, March 1

Date: 1st March 2013 – 3rd March 2013
Venue:

MALAYSIAN EDUCATION FAIR

Friday, March 8

Date: 8th March 2013 – 10th March 2013
Venue:

Top

BRUNEI EDUTAINMENT WONDERLAND 2013

Thursday, March 14

Date: 14th March 2013 – 31st March 2013
Venue:

UNDER-13 FOBISSEA

Friday, March 15

Date: 15th March 2013 – 19th March 2013
Venue:

IT & GADGET FAIR

Thursday, March 27

Date: 27th March 2013 – 31st March 2013
Venue:

RTB MEDIA CARNIVAL

Friday, March 29

Date: 29th March 2013 – 31st March 2013
Venue:

Top

APRIL 2013

STANDARD CHARTERED HALF-MARATHON BRUNEI

Sunday, April 7

Date: 7th April 2013
Venue: Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium, Berakas

EARTH DAY

Tuesday, April 23

Date: 23rd April 2013
Venue:

DREAM SHOWCASE WEDDING | BEAUTY | HEALTH

Wednesday, April 24

Date: 24th April 2013 – 28th April 2013
Venue:

SUKAN RIA ANTARA SYARIKAT 2013

Sunday, April 28

Date: 28th April 2013 – 25th May 2013
Venue:

Top

MAY 2013

QUALITY LIVING SHOWCASE PROPERTY | RENOVATION | INTERIOR

Wednesday, May 29

Date: 29th May 2013 – 2nd June 2013
Venue:

ROYAL ARMED FORCES DAY

Friday, May 31

Date: 31st May 2013
Venue:

Top

JUNE 2013

THE FAIR

Monday, June 3

Date: 3rd June 2013 – 30th June 2013
Venue:

ISRAK MIKRAJ (NIGHT OF ASCENSION)

Wednesday, June 5

Date: 5th June 2013
Venue:

CONSUMAR FAIR 12

Wednesday, June 5

Date: 5th June 2013 – 9th June 2013
Venue:

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

Wednesday, June 5

Date:
Venue:

Top

JULY 2013

1ST DAY OF RAMADHAN **

Tuesday, July 9

Date: 9th July 2013
Venue:

HIS MAJESTY THE SULTAN’S 67TH BIRTHDAY

Monday, July 15

Date: 15th July 2013
Venue:

NUZUL AL-QURAN **

Friday, July 26

Date: 26th July 2013
Venue:

RAMADHAN EXPO

Friday, July 26

Date: 26th July 2013 – 8th August 2013
Venue:

Top

AUGUST 2013

1ST BRUNEI INTERNATIONAL MOTORSHOW

Thursday, August 29

Date: 29th August 2013 – 1st September 2013
Venue:

Top

SEPTEMBER 2013

BRUNEI INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL FAIR (BITTE)

Wednesday, September 25

Date: 25th September 2013 – 29th September 2013
Venue:

ASEAN EXPO 2013

Thursday, September 26

Date: 26th September 2013 – 30th September 2013
Venue:

Top

OCTOBER 2013

HARI RAYA AIDILADHA (FEAST OF SACRIFICE)

Tuesday, October 15

Date: 15th October 2013
Venue: Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque, Kiulap

GREENTECH

Wednesday, October 30

Date: 30th October 2013 – 3rd November 2013
Venue:

TECHXPO 2013

Thursday, October 31

Date: 31st October 2013 – 3rd November 2013
Venue:

Top

NOVEMBER 2013

ISLAMIC NEW YEAR (1435 HIJRAH)

Monday, November 4

Date: 4th November 2013
Venue:

TODAY LIFESTYLE EXPO

Wednesday, November 27

Date: 27 November 2013 – 1st December 2013
Venue:

Top

DECEMBER 2013

BRIDEX 2013

Tuesday, December 3

Date: 3rd December 2013 – 7th December 2013
Venue: Bridex Hall, Jerudong

CHRISTMAS DAY

Wednesday, December 25

Date: 25th December 2013
Venue:

THE FAIR – THE HANDS OF LOVE

Thursday, December 26

Date: 26th December 2013 – 31st December 2013
Venue:

 

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NATIONAL IDENTITY / OFFICIAL NAME

 

Negara Brunei Darussalam (The Country of Brunei, Abode of Peace).

 

 

FLAG AND CREST

 

 

The Brunei flag has four colours – a yellow backdrop, with two wide strips of white and black cutting diagonally across and the state crest in red right in the middle.

 

The national flag of Brunei was first used in 1906 when Brunei signed an agreement with Britain. The colours on the flag represented the signatories to the agreement – yellow for the Sultan, white for the Pengiran Bendahara and black for Pengiran Pemancha.

 

The National Crest, added to the centre of the flag in 1959, consists of;

 

the Bendera (flag).

the Payung Ubor-Ubor (royal umbrella).

the Sayap (wing) which signifies justice, tranquility, prosperity and peace.

the Tangan (hand) which represents the government’s pledge to promote welfare, peace and prosperity.

the Bulan (crescent) which symbolises Islam, the national religion of Brunei Darussalam.

 

The Arabic characters inscribed on the crescent reads “Always in service with God’s guidance” while the words on the scroll mean “Brunei, the abode of peace”.


 

CAPITAL CITY

 

Bandar Seri Begawan.

 

 

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION


Brunei Darussalam is situated in the south-eastern region of Asia, on the Island of Borneo, between longitudes 114’04” and 114’23” East and latitudes 4’00” and 5’05” North. Brunei, although occupying less than 1% of Borneo’s land area, is the only sovereign country on the island, which it shares with the Indonesian provinces of West, East, South and Central Kalimantan and the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak. 
 


CLIMATE

 

Located close to the equator, Brunei Darussalam enjoys moderate equatorial climate throughout the year with temperatures ranging from 23oC to 32oC. Rainfall occurs heaviest in September to January and May to July with March and April being the warmest months. Annual rainfall averages 320cm. Humidity is high throughout the year at an estimate of 79 percent.

 

 

LAND AREA

 

5,675 sq. km (with a coastline of about 161 km along the South China Sea).
 


POPULATION

 

390,000 (2007 Key Indicator).
 


DENSITY

 

68 persons/sq. km.
 

 

POPULATION BY RACIAL GROUP

 

Malays: 259,600

Chinese: 43,100

Others: 87,300

NATIONAL LANGUAGE


With the Malays forming the biggest ethnic group in Brunei Darussalam, Malay or Bahasa Melayu is the national and official language of the country; yet at the same time, English is widely spoken and understood particularly in the business community.

 

Various indigenous groups such as the Dusun, Murut and Iban speak in their respective dialects while the Chinese speak Mandarin, Hokkien and Cantonese while being equally conversant in Malay.
 


OFFICIAL RELIGIONS


The official religion is Islam, with the majority of the population being Muslim. Other religious beliefs such as Christianity and Buddhism are practiced freely by other ethnic group.
 


NATIONAL PHILOSOPHY


Since gaining independence from the British in 1984, Brunei has adopted the national philosophy of the Malay Islamic Monarchy (Melayu Islam Beraja), a system that encompasses strong Malay cultural influences, stressing the importance of Islam in daily life and governance, and respect for the monarchy as represented by His Majesty The Sultan. It is a philosophy of tolerance, which allows other cultures to follow individual traditions and to practice other religions.

ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISIONS


4 Districts: Brunei-Muara (housing the capital city), Tutong, Belait, and Temburong
 


HEAD OF STATE


His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam. His Majesty is the 29th ruler of his line, which began with Sultan Muhammad in 1405.
 


SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT


Independent sovereign constitutional Sultanate, with His Majesty The Sultan as the supreme executive authority. His Majesty is advised by an appointed Council of Cabinet Ministers, Religious Council, Privy Council, a Council of Succession and a Legislative Council.
 


ECONOMY


With a total GDP of around US$6.5 billion and a per capita GDP of around US$18.3 thousand (2002), Brunei’s resource-rich (oil & natural gas) economy affords its population high living standards, resulting in positive social indicators such as high literacy rates, longer life expectancy, and low unemployment and crime rates. The government provides for all medical services and subsidizes rice and housing.

Government, construction, services, retail and some light manufacturing are the other major sectors in Brunei’s economy. The government is currently working towards economic diversification — in which tourism plays an important role — as well as encouraging foreign investment and developing education and human resources. These measures are designed to prepare the nation for the challenges of the future when the oil and gas reserves will have been depleted and new sources of income will be needed to maintain the current high standards of living enjoyed by Bruneians.
 


TOURISM INFRASTRUCTURE


With over 2,500 rooms spread among 30 establishments ranging from guesthouses to the super luxurious “7-star” Empire Hotel and Country Club, and with a dozen or so active inbound tour operators, Brunei has a well-established, yet underutilized tourism infrastructure attracting an increasing number of regional and international visitors.
 


TOURISM ARRIVALS


Brunei recorded approximately 1 million foreign visitors in 2003, the vast majority arriving from Malaysia through land entry points. Based on estimates derived from hotel occupancy rates and on market intelligence gathered from inbound operators, Brunei Tourism estimates the number of bona fide leisure and business tourists to be around 100,000 in 2003, with a 3-day average length of stay. Most of these tourists originated from the short- and medium-haul markets, though a significant portion originated from long-haul markets, mainly UK and Germany. Brunei Tourism’s objective is to increase international tourist arrivals by a minimum average rate of 7% yearly, as well as to increase average length of stay and expenditure.
 

 

 


INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORT LINKAGES


Brunei enjoys a convenient location at the heart of Southeast Asia and is well-connected to destinations worldwide.

Air:
Royal Brunei Airlines, the nation’s flagship carrier, flies non-stop or direct to most major Asia-Pacific destinations and the Middle East, as well as to Europe via London and Frankfurt. Meanwhile, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Dragonair and Philippines Airlines serve Bandar Seri Begawan and offer one-stop connections to the rest of the world through their hubs in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Manila.

Sea:
Ferries link Brunei with the Malaysian island of Labuan off the coast of Sabah, and to the Malaysian towns of Limbang and Lawas in Sarawak.

Road:
An extensive overland road network also connects Brunei to Sarawak and Sabah, while the Indonesian province of Kalimantan can be reached by road, air or boat via Sarawak or Sabah.
 


HEALTH, SAFETY AND SECURITY


Brunei is free from malaria and other tropical diseases, is outside the typhoon belt, has no volcanoes, and is not prone to earthquakes or other major natural disasters. The country also enjoys government stability and economic prosperity, resulting in a very low crime rate.

 

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The island of Borneo is synonymous with raw, unspoiled nature and Brunei, situated in its heart, is a shining example of natural beauty. More than 70% of Brunei’s land area is covered by primary rainforests, which the government has taken great strides to protect. The Government of Brunei has acted to conserve some 32,000 hectares as forest reserves and allocated 50,000 hectares for national parks which are some of the finest in Asia. Mangroves, natural hatcheries of marine life, are also plentiful and unspoiled and house abundant forms of plant and animal life unique to Borneo. But perhaps Brunei’s most distinctive advantage is that all of its natural attractions are within easy reach of the contemporary luxuries of the capital, meaning that you never have to sacrifice comfort to enjoy untamed wilderness.

Nature lovers will definitely be spoiled in Brunei. Pristine rainforests, unspoiled coral reefs, mangrove-covered islands, white sand beaches and accessible nature reserves offer visitors a dazzling array of ecotourism options. In Brunei, visitors can have the unique opportunity to walk in the rainforest canopy which houses an abundance of birds, plants, micro fauna and mammals, such as the rare Bornean proboscis monkey, making up one of the world’s richest and most diverse ecosystems. They can also stroll around the hauntingly beautiful lakeside walkways of Tasek Merimbun or relax on the turquoise shores of Muara beach without the crowds of other Asian destinations.

Brunei is also home to some of Asia’s best nature reserves and field study centres, such as the world famous Ulu Temburong National Park and the Kuala Belalong Field Study Centre, both of which offer an exciting array of ecotourism and adventure activities. Indeed, the longboat ride down a winding jungle river, surrounded on all sides by pristine rainforest makes the journey as much of an adventure as the destination itself. With few tourists around, nature lovers will appreciate having this untouched paradise all to themselves and may explore at their own pace, returning to lodgings in the capital when they have completed their visit, or staying in more primitive forest lodgings nearby. Furthermore, with Sabah, Sarawak and Kalimantan next door, they can spend weeks uncovering Borneo’s magnificent natural beauty, using Brunei’s capital Bandar Seri Begawan as a gateway.

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From mountain biking, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, sport fishing, wreck and reef diving in the South China Sea, to jungle hiking on well-maintained trails, the ecotourism and adventure options in Brunei are endless.

Enjoy the thrill of riding a local longboat up the rapids to the nation’s various national parks scattered throughout the nation’s four districts. Learn to raft — whether whitewater or on a tranquil jungle river, rafting in Brunei can be a fun experience for all ages, beginners and experienced enthusiasts alike.

An overnight tour allows visitors to truly experience Brunei’s pristine rainforests up close, with more time to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Sunset and sunrise are when the jungle really comes to life. Hiking and camping are an unparalleled way to enjoy the early morning misty rivers, soaring birds and the noise of wildlife waking to the morning light.

At the Temburong National Park, a two-night tour offers visitors the opportunity to tailor their own personalised itinerary of venues and activities. Visitors wishing to explore the jungle wilderness may opt to spend their two nights deep in the National Park, while those looking to experience Temburong’s indigenous lifestyle attractions may choose one night at either the Bangar Lodge or Rainforest Lodge and one night at the National Park. While in the park, you’ll be immersed in the jungle sounds, smells, and the awe-inspiring feel of total remoteness. Walk in the rainforest canopy at dawn or sunset for a once-in-a-lifetime view of the earth in its purest form. Return to the comforts of the capital after an adrenalin-rush of rafting down the Temburong River.

Meanwhile, at Selirong Island in Brunei Bay, the Brunei Forestry Department has installed elevated walkways through the mangroves which criss-cross some of the many waterways that penetrate the island, offering an up-close view of some of Borneo’s famous wildlife and nature attractions.

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Stretching the full length of Brunei’s coastline is a pristine, sun-drenched ribbon of sand caressed by the South China Sea. Take your pick from one of Brunei’s many undiscovered beaches:

Muara Beach

Less than 27km from Bandar Seri Begawan’s town centre, Muara Beach’s long, quiet esplanade invites leisurely strolling and is an ideal destination for a family outing. Amenities here include a well-equipped picnic area, a children’s playground, changing and toilet facilities, as well as weekend food and drink stalls.

Meragang Beach

Near the Jalan Meragang junction off the highway to Muara lies Meragang Beach — sometimes called Crocodile Beach. Despite the name, you’ll encounter no such creature along this peaceful, unspoilt stretch of sand — only a warm sea breeze, a brilliant sunset or a double rainbow.

Serasa Beach

A mere 10-minute drive from Muara, lively Serasa Beach is a haven for water sports enthusiasts. The Serasa Watersports Complex provides comprehensive facilities for sporting and recreational activities that are up to international competition level standards, including jet skiing, kayaking, windsurfing, regatta sailing, power boat racing, aqua sports training and water skiing.

Pantai Seri Kenangan Beach

Literally the unforgettable beach, this scenic locale is a popular recreation spot located at Kuala Tutong. Here, the beauty of the beach is enhanced by a narrow strip of land with the South China Sea on one side and the Tutong River on the other. The beach is a five minute drive from Tutong town and is a lovely spot for picnics, fishing and swimming.
Lumut Beach
For those who prefer a day of sun and sand while in Belait, Lumut Beach beckons. Located about 100km from Seria’s town centre, it offers complete facilities for picnicking, jogging and family outings. Added features here are the huts and shelters especially designed for visitor relaxation.
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Bruneians are proud to have the world’s oldest reigning monarchy and centuries of royal heritage. At the helm of the only remaining Malay Islamic Monarchy in the world, the Sultan of Brunei comes from a family line that dates back over 600 years to 1405 when the first Sultan ascended the throne, founding a dynasty of which the current Sultan, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, is the 29th ruler.

The early history of the nation’s unique monarchy can be pieced together from accounts taken from Chinese, Javanese and local Bruneian records. The first ruler, Sultan Muhammad Shah, known as Awang Alak Betatar, is said to be responsible for introducing Islam to Brunei, forever altering the course of the nation’s history and cultural landscape.

The second ruler was Sultan Ahmad, followed by a third Arab Sultan, Sharif Ali, considered to be a descendant of the Prophet Mohammad. Also known as Sultan Berkat, he married the daughter of Sultan Ahmad and consolidated the monarchy with the Islamic faith. Following him was Sultan Sulaiman, who was succeeded by the most renowned ruler in Brunei’s early history, Sultan Bolkiah. Under the rule of Sultan Bolkiah, Brunei began to expand into an empire, with territorial holdings that would eventually encompass the island of Borneo and parts of the Philippines.

Brunei’s golden age centred on the reign of two remarkable rulers, Sultan Bolkiah and Sultan Hassan. Under their rule, Brunei’s Royal Court developed a splendour rivalling that of any other monarchy in the world, and the territorial and cultural influence of the country reached its peak. Visitors today can still marvel at the dignity of Brunei’s Golden Age as a great deal of historic relics from the era have been carefully preserved.

In 1888, Brunei became a British protectorate and in 1906, the British Residential System was introduced. Brunei was eventually granted internal self-government, and Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien promulgated the nation’s new Constitution on 29 September 1959.

In 1967, the current Sultan, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah was made the 29th ruler of Brunei Darussalam, leading the nation achieving its independence in 1984. The Sultan declared Negara Brunei Darussalam (“Brunei, The Abode of Peace”) as a sovereign, democratic and independent Malay Muslim Monarchy (Melayu Islam Beraja) which would be administered according to the teachings of Islam.

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With over two thirds of its population professing the Islamic faith, Brunei is ruled according to the national philosophy of the Malay Islamic Monarchy, intertwining Malay traditions with Islam and deep-rooted respect for the nation’s monarchy. Bruneians practice a devout but tolerant brand of Islam, which encompasses sincere respect and devotion, while still remaining open to other faiths and beliefs.

Modern scholars date the spread of Islam to Brunei Darussalam to the late 13th century. Prior to this, ancient Malay Culture was based on animistic and Indic culture. Islam gradually eroded these elements and thus, today’s Malay culture is now more identifiable with Islam.

Visitors to Brunei will see that Islamic influences form a central foundation of the nation’s heritage. As Islam is the foundation for the life of the average Bruneian, many of the nation’s cultural practices and customs are intrinsically linked with religion. Aesthetically, Islam introduced important architectural features such as the ubiquitous mosques and art styles such as the tile mosaics seen throughout the nation. Other culturally enriching additions include the use of Jawi script, the abundance of religious texts and even foods and cooking styles.

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A glittering example of Brunei’s majestic royal heritage, Istana Nurul Iman is the Sultan’s lavish home in the capital and is the largest residential palace in the world. Situated on the top of a hill overlooking the city, the palace is an enigmatic symbol of Brunei’s enduring monarchy and seat of the nation’s government.

Nearby, the Mausoleum of Sultan Bolkiah pays tribute to one of Brunei’s greatest Sultans, who reigned at the height of Brunei’s sovereignty in the region. It is a peaceful area in a quiet alcove of greenery and exudes the deep respect of the Bruneian people for their rich heritage.

The capital also houses a number of royal museums highlighting the nation’s 600-year old monarchy and century-spanning history. Perhaps the most well-known is the Royal Regalia Museum, where visitors can glimpse the Sultan’s full royal regalia, including the crown and royal chariot, along with a vast collection of opulent treasures. A visit to the Brunei Museum is also a must, with its elaborate displays of antique cannons and intricate daggers, a large private collection of gilded Holy Korans, Borneo ethnographic displays and treasures unearthed from shipwrecks off Brunei’s coasts. Meanwhile, the Brunei History Centre contains genealogical records detailing the origins of the Royal Family and other historical documents significant to the nation.

Though Brunei has embraced Islam and its art, architecture and culture, relics of the colonial days are also integrated seamlessly into the nation’s landscape. The unique Bubungan Dua Belas is a good example. This quaint piece of British architecture, once home to the British Resident, has since been transformed into a museum and venue for entertaining foreign dignitaries.

Kampong Ayer Cultural & Tourism Gallery is our latest Gallery that lies in “Kampong Ayer” or Water Village. It started in August 2007 and was complete in June 2009 and opened in August 2009. This unique Gallery was established to provide visitors and locals alike a glimpse of Kampong Ayer’s celebrated past and revive the cottage industries from days of old, integrating them into our modern economy.