The small, oil rich country of Brunei doesn’t feature high on many travellers bucket lists. This small nation, nestled in between the two Malaysian Bornean states of Sarawak and Sabah is a little bit away from the main South East Asian tourist trail, but if you are visiting Borneo its easy to combine a trip to Brunei with the rest of your trip.
You don’t need a lot of time to visit Brunei. We visited for 2 days which I found to be plenty of time to see the main sights of the capital.
Is Brunei Worth A Trip?
Whether or not Brunei features high on your travel wish list depends on what you want to get out of a visit to this small country. It’s an interesting place to visit due to it’s being on of the most conservative Islamic states in South East Asia. It’s also an oasis of prosperity and high standards of living amongst some of the other more developing South East Asian nations.
My main motivation for visiting is that I have a goal of visiting 50 countries before I turn 30, and it would have been silly to visit both states of Borneo and skip over the opportunity to add another country to my list.
Need some inspiration? Why not check out our favourite photos from Bandar Seri Begawan.
How to get to Brunei
Flying is probably the easiest way to get into Brunei. It has a world class airport and it’s national airline is Royal Brunei Airlines. We flew with them on a short hop from Kota Kinabalu, and I have to say, I have never had more leg room in an economy seat as I did with Royal Brunei Airlines.
You can get into Brunei by overland means, but it takes much longer. When leaving Brunei we decided to take the ferry. It’s a cheaper option, but it takes all day and there wasn’t much of interest to see along the way.
What to do in Brunei
As I already mentioned, 2 days is probably plenty to see the main sites of the capital. There are other places outside the capital that are probably worth seeing, but we didn’t have time. In the below post, I have outlined our 24 hour itinerary which took us to all the main sites of the city.
Know before you go
Before I went to Brunei some people I know expressed concern about me travelling there along (well, with my two year old) as a female traveller in a conservative Muslim country. You can check out my posts below, but spoiler alert: I had no problems at all.