Traffic is fine in Brunei and touring this tiny idyllic country is a breeze. Brunei (official name: Negara Brunei Darussalam) may be new in the international tourism scene but it has a lot to offer both in cultural and Nature tourism. Getting around Brunei is easy by car, bus, taxi, tour van or boat.
There are several transportation options when getting around Brunei on land. The most popular form of transport for tourists is a tour van for hire. They are available for a whole-day tour so that tourists enjoy the utmost convenience of seeing different cultural attractions, beaches and world-renowned diving spots. Diving is a new sport in this Muslim sultanate and already the global community of expert divers is taking notice. Some of the most popular diving spots just off the coasts of Borneo are the Big Reef, Cement Wreck and Blue Water Wreck. Since many divers have yet to visit these sites, most of the dive spots in Brunei remain eerily and delightfully untouched.
Brunei is located at the northern peak of Borneo and surrounded by Malaysia. It is a wealthy Southeast Asian nation ruled by a sultan or prince, who is one of the richest people in the world. Using its wealth from natural gas and petroleum, Brunei has a modern and efficient system of roads and highways.
Majority of citizens have their own cars, which is why there are not many taxis and public buses. All over the country, there are not more than 40 taxis in all. There are always 10 taxis waiting at the airport area and 8 in the Belait District, the country’s largest district, which means there aren’t many to see elsewhere. There are no taxi companies that regulate the few taxis in the city. This means a taxi in Brunei is not metered. Drivers have a fixed price, although it may vary from one driver to the next.
Meanwhile, the few public buses (colored purple) are difficult to catch since there are no fixed stops or schedules. There are 13 routes around the city and passengers may disembark anytime as long as they inform the bus conductor. Bus fare to and from any where is fixed at B$1.00 and collected by the conductor.
Concrete highways extend to a total distance of 1,284 km with 428 km more of unpaved roads. The main highway or “motorway” runs from the capital city of Bandar Seri Begawan along the coasts through Belait and all the way to Sarawak, Malaysia. Cruising is fun although the Southeast Asian heat can be unforgiving at times.
Getting around Brunei by boat is possible if one wishes to visit the scenic town of Bangar in Sarawak. The ride on a speedboat from Brunei’s capital to Bangar through Brunei Bay is itself a tour highlight. There are several water taxis off the city’s waterfront and may be hailed by tourists and passengers anytime. There is no getting around Brunei by plane since it is a tiny country and moving around is best done on land using a rented car. Brunei definitely doesn’t lack interesting attractions to keep its tourists and visitors busy. Getting around Brunei proves to be a fun ride under the warm tropical sun.