Visit Brunei -
A Gateway to Discovery

Welcome to Brunei Darussalam, the serene abode of peace. As the host country for the 7th SEAMEO CPRN Summit 2024, we invite you to explore the rich cultural heritage, stunning natural landscapes, and warm hospitality that Brunei has to offer.

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Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque in Brunei
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Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

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Jerudong Park

Discover Brunei

Welcome to Brunei Darussalam, the serene abode of peace. As the host country for the 7th SEAMEO CPRN Summit 2024, we invite you to explore the rich cultural heritage, stunning natural landscapes, and warm hospitality that Brunei has to offer.

Fast Facts

  • Currency: Brunei Dollar (BND).
  • Language: Malay is the official language. English is widely spoken and understood.
  • Climate: Tropical rainforest climate with high humidity and temperatures averaging around 27-32°C (81-90°F) year-round.
  • Visa Requirements:
    • Brunei has visa exemption agreements with many countries for short visits.
    • Visitors from countries not under the visa exemption agreement may need to apply for a visa in advance.
    • It is recommended to check the latest visa requirements from the Brunei Immigration Department or the nearest Brunei embassy/consulate.
  • Electrical Outlet: Type G (British 3-pin)
  • Time Zone: Brunei Darussalam Time (BNT), UTC +8

Top Attractions in Brunei

Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

Iconic mosque known for its stunning architecture and spiritual significance.

Kampong Ayer - The Water Village

Explore the world's largest water village, showcasing traditional Bruneian lifestyle.

Royal Regalia Museum

A tribute to the Sultanate's rich history and royal traditions.

Ulu Temburong National Park

Experience pristine rainforest and biodiversity.

Jerudong Park

Brunei's premier amusement park, offering fun for the whole family.
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Cultural Insights

Brunei Darussalam is a nation rich in tradition and customs, deeply influenced by its Malay roots and Islamic values. Understanding and respecting these customs will enrich your experience in this serene country.

  • Dress Code: Modesty is key in Brunei. Dress conservatively, especially when visiting religious sites. For men and women, it’s recommended to wear clothes that cover the shoulders and knees.
  • Greetings: A simple smile and nod are common. For a more traditional greeting, you may see people placing their hand over their heart after a handshake.
  • Shoes Off: Always remove your shoes when entering someone's home and certain public spaces, such as mosques or traditional eateries.
  • Respect for Royalty and Religion: The Sultan and the royal family are deeply respected. Likewise, Islamic practices and prayer times are observed with great reverence. Be mindful and respectful of these aspects during your visit.
  • Photography: Ask for permission before taking photos of people or certain cultural sites.
  • Ramadan Observance: During the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, eating, drinking, and smoking in public during daylight hours are prohibited. Visitors should be especially mindful of this practice.

Embracing these customs will show your respect for Brunei’s culture and help you connect more deeply with the local community.

Getting Around

  • Bruneian cuisine is a delightful fusion of Malay, Chinese, and Indian flavors, offering a gastronomic adventure.

    • Ambuyat: A national dish made from sago palm, served with a tangy dipping sauce and side dishes.
    • Nasi Lemak: A fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk, often accompanied by anchovies, peanuts, boiled egg, and cucumber.
    • Beef Rendang: A flavorful and tender beef dish slow-cooked in coconut milk and spices.
    • Satay: Grilled skewers of marinated meat, usually served with a peanut sauce.
    • Ulam-Ulaman: A traditional salad made from fresh local herbs and vegetables, often accompanied by a spicy sambal sauce.

    Don't miss out on these culinary treats that offer a true taste of Brunei's rich cultural tapestry. Exploring the local food scene is not just about tasting delicious dishes; it’s about experiencing the essence of Bruneian hospitality and tradition.

Transportation Guide

Brunei Darussalam offers a range of transportation options to ensure your travel within the country is convenient and enjoyable. Whether you are attending the SEAMEO CPRN Summit or exploring the country's attractions, understanding the local transportation system will help you navigate with ease.

  • Public Transport:

    • Buses: Brunei's public bus system is an affordable way to travel around major towns and districts. Buses typically operate from early morning until late evening. Be sure to check the bus schedules and routes in advance.
    • Water Taxis: For a unique experience, water taxis are commonly used to navigate around Kampong Ayer, the famous water village.
  • Taxis:

    • Taxis are available, but they are not as common as in other cities. You can find them at the airport, major hotels, and shopping centers. It's advisable to book in advance or ask your hotel to arrange one for you. Ride-hailing apps like Dart are also an option for a more convenient taxi service.
  • Car Rentals:

    • Renting a car can offer more flexibility and convenience, especially if you plan to explore outside the city. Various car rental services are available at the airport and in the city. Remember, driving is on the left side of the road, and an international driver's license is required.
  • Walking and Cycling:

    • For shorter distances, especially within the city center, walking can be a pleasant way to explore. Some areas also offer bike rentals, allowing for a leisurely exploration of local sights.

Tips Getting Around

    • Plan Ahead: Especially for public transport, as schedules can vary.
    • Carry Local Currency: For buses and taxis, as card payments may not be widely accepted.
    • Respect Local Customs: Especially when using traditional transport like water taxis.
    • Safety First: Always adhere to local traffic rules and regulations.

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