Brunei insider information
Did you know Brunei is one of the smallest countries in the world?
Despite its size it is still one of the richest countries in the world.
Brunei may be one of the smallest island nations in Asia, but it’s one of the richest; it has no taxes and healthcare and education are free. The capital, Bandar Seri Begawan (sometimes referred to as just ‘BSB’), is a lake city and small enough to be easily traversed by foot. In terms of sightseeing, people take cheap flights to Brunei for the beaches, hiking, mosques, Sultan’s Palace, shopping, boat safaris and sampling Asian cuisine. A tropical destination, it’s hot and humid all year round in Brunei with the temperature averaging 27C. There is no distinct peak season but February to October is when most people book flight tickets as it’s slightly cooler and has less rain; though it does rain consistently throughout the year. There is no need to worry about prices going up in particular seasons either, Brunei is an off-the-beaten track for tourism so prices remain consistent year round.
From September to January Brunei experiences the most rainfall so you may want to avoid this wet season if you plan on doing a lot of sightseeing. Brunei is a muslim nation so check the dates when Ramadan falls as certain muslim restaurants may be closed during the day
There is enough to see and do to justify booking flights to Brunei for a short stay, and worth including it as part of a trip to Malaysia or Singapore. The best time to visit is during the dry season outside of Ramadan which lasts for a month. For three days after Ramadan the Sultan opens his palace (Istana Nurul Iman) to the public for a meet and greet.
Flights from Auckland to Brunei – 13 hrs 30 mins
Flights from Wellington to Brunei – 15 hrs 15 mins
Flights from Christchurch to Brunei - 13 hrs 15 mins
Flights from Dunedin to Brunei - 15 hrs 50 mins
National carrier Royal Brunei Airlines, in partnership with Air New Zealand, operates direct flights from Auckland and Christchurch to Brunei, though you usually have an Australian stopover. Alternatively you can fly from New Zealand to most major Asian destinations including: Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Hong Kong, then pick up cheap flights to Brunei from there.
Brunei International Airport (BWN) is 10 kms from the capital city of Bandar Seri Begawan. Getting to BSB from the airport can be achieved by bus or taxi or bus. Taxis are available to take arriving visitors the short journey into the city, and buses also serve the airport. Cars can be rented at the airport if you wish to hire a car for your trip.