Brunei Darussalam 3 Days & 2 Nights Itinerary

Brunei has a lot of historical and religious places to see, not to mention luxurious hotels and museums. But since it's a Muslim country there's nothing much to do at night. For me, 3 days and 2 nights is enough to explore the majority of the tourist spots in Brunei. Below is the original itinerary I prepared prior to our trip, and the actual itinerary after.

ORIGINAL ITINERARY (Prepared before the trip)
 
DAY 1: FEBRUARY 23, 2014, SUNDAY
1:40am:
Arrival at Brunei International Airport (15 Minutes away from Jubilee Hotel).
2:00am – 6:00am:
Arrival at Jubilee Hotel. (Jalan Kampong Kianggeh, Bandar Seri Begawan, tel#+673-2228070). Stay/rest at their lounge or restaurant until check-in.
6:00am – 8:00am:
Check-in. Rest. Breakfast. 
8:30pm – 10:00am:
Watch/Join the National Day Celebration.
10:15am – 11:00am:
45-Minute Viewing (Passing-by) of the city.
12:00pm – 3:00pm:
*Lunch/Viewing at Empire Hotel & Country Club. (We can arrange with the hotel drop-off and pick-up if we have enough budgets).
3:15pm – 3:45pm:
*Jerudong Park (Address: Street Jerudong. Admission Fee:  Under 5/over 5 rides B$8/10. Opening hours: 4-10.30pm Wed, Thu & Sun, 2-10pm Fri & Sat, closed Mon & Tue except during school holidays). Based on the reviews, this place is already neglected. Exploring Jerudong.
4:00pm – 4:45pm:
Traveling back to hotel.
5:15pm – 6:30pm:
Mass at Church of our Lady of the Assumption. (Church is 10 to 15 minutes’ walk from Jubilee Hotel. Schedule - 7:30am, 9:30am & 5.30 pm). We need to be there 15 minutes before the mass as they close the door during the mass.
7:00pm – 8:00pm:
Dinner at Kainggeh Tamuh (The food stalls here serve Brunei's cheapest meals, including nasi katok (plain rice, a piece of fried or curried chicken and sambal; B$1) and nasi lemak (rice cooked in coconut milk and served with chicken, beef or prawn, egg and cucumber slices; also B$1).
*Jerudong Park & the Empire Hotel & Country Club is 45 minutes away from Bandar Seri Begawan.  

DAY 2: FEBRUARY 24, 2014, MONDAY
6:30am:
Wake-up Call
7:30am – 8:30am:
Breakfast
9:00am – 9:30am:
Brunei History Center (Address: Street Jalan Stoney /Jalan James Peace). Open during official working hours.
9:45am – 10:15am:
Royal Regalia Building (Address: Street Jln Sultan. Opening hours: 9am-5pm Sun-Thu, 9-11.30am & 2.30-5pm Fri, 9.45am-5pm Sat, last entry 4.30pm). Shoes are to be removed when entering.
10:30pm – 11:00am:
The Lapau and the Dewan Majilis (Official permission is required to enter, so we can only take pictures outside).
11:15am – 11:45am:
Tasek Lama Recreational Park (it’s a 15-minute walk from The Lapau and the Dewan Majilis. We can visit this place if you’re up to it).
12:00pm – 1:00pm:
Lunch (RMS Diner, Jollibee, Rica & Grill, Awais Rice N’ Grill, Mizu Seafood, Dim Sum, etc.).
1:30pm – 2:30pm:
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque (10 Minutes away from Jubilee Hotel. Address: Street Jln Stoney. Opening hours: interior 8.30am-noon, 1.30-3pm & 4.30-5.30pm Sat-Wed, 4.30-5pm Fri, closed Thu, exterior compound 8am-8.30pm daily except prayer times).
3:00pm – 4:00pm:
*Kampung Ayer (Water Village) & Kampung Ayer Cultural & Tourism Gallery (Open from 9am-5pm Sat-Thu, 9-11.30am & 2.30-5pm Fri). This is one of the places included in the free return trip of the hotel.  We can do it before or after the Istana Nurul Iman’s trip
4:30pm – 6:00pm:
Istana Nurul Iman (open to the public only during the three-day Hari Raya Aidil Fitri festivities at the end of Ramadan. Best way to check this palace is to take a water-taxi cruise or to stop by the riverside pavilion at Taman Persiaran Damuan, a landscaped park 1.2km beyond the palace).
7:00pm – onwards:
Free time. We can explore the city more if the stores are still open.
*Hotel’s Complimentary Return Trip.  Drop-off & pick-up only.  We can ask the driver to drop us at the water village, and then take a water taxi from there to Istana Nurul Iman. Once we are done we will then go back to Water Village to explore then ask the driver to pick us up.

DAY 3: FEBRUARY 25, 2014, TUESDAY
6:30am:
Wake-up Call
7:30am – 8:30am:
Breakfast
9:00am – 10:00am:
*Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque (Address: Street Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Hwy, Kampung Kiarong. Opening hours: 8am-noon, 2-3pm & 5-6pm Mon-Wed & Sat, 5-6pm Fri, 10.30am-noon, 2-3pm & 5-6pm Sun, closed Thu).
10:30am – 11:00am:
Malay Technology Museum (Address: Street Jln Kota Batu. Opening hours: 9am-5pm Sun-Thu, 9-11.30am & 2.30-5pm Fri, 9.45am-5pm Sat, last entry 30 min before closing).
11:15am – 11:45am:
Brunei Museum (Address: Street Jln Kota Batu, Telephone: +673 224 4545. Opening hours: 9am-5pm Sat-Thu, 9-11.30am & 2.30-5pm Fri, last entry 30 min before closing).
12:00pm – 1:00pm:
Lunch (RMS Diner, Jollibee, Rica & Grill, Awais Rice N’ Grill, Mizu Seafood, Dim Sum, etc.).
1:15am – 1:45am:
Mausoleum of Sultan Bolkiah (Address:  Street Jln Kota Batu).
2:00pm –3:00pm:
Refresh. Check-out.
3:30pm –4:00pm:
The Arts & Handicratfs Centre (Address: Street Jln Kota Batu. Telephone: +673 224 0676. Opening hours: 8am-5pm Sat-Thu, 8-11.30am & 2-5pm Fri).
4:15pm – 4:15pm:
The House of Twelve Roofs (Address: Street Jln Residency. Telephone: +673 224 4545. Opening hours: 9am-4.30pm Mon-Thu, 2:30-4:30pm Fri, Sat 9am-11.30am).
4:30pm – 10:00pm:
Free time. We can do more explorations of the city.
10:30pm:
Departure from Hotel to Airport.
*Hotel’s Complimentary Return Trip.  Drop-off & pick-up only. 

ACTUAL ITINERARY (After the trip)

DAY 1: FEBRUARY 23, 2014, SUNDAY
1:40am:
Arrival at Brunei International Airport (15 Minutes away from Jubilee Hotel).
2:am – 2:15am:
Travel from Airport to Jubilee Hotel
2:15am:
Arrival at Jubilee Hotel.

(Address: Jalan Kampong Kianggeh, Bandar Seri Begawan, Tel#:+673-2228070).
2:30am - 8:45am:
Check-in | Rest | Breakfast
8:50pm – 9:00am:
9:15am – 10:15am:
Breakfast at DeRoy@le Cafe
10:25am – 10:45pm:
Travel from Bandar Seri to the Brunei National Stadium
10:45am – 12:00pm:
Watch/Join the Brunei’s National Day Celebration
12:00pm – 2:00pm:
Walking around and figuring out how to get back to the hotel.
2:00pm – 5:00pm:
Light Lunch in the Room | Rest
5:15pm – 6:30pm:
Mass at Church of our Lady of the Assumption. (Church is 10 to 15 minutes’ walk from Jubilee Hotel. Schedule - 7:30am, 9:30am & 5.30 pm). We need to be there 15 minutes before the mass as they close the door during the mass.
7:00pm – 7:45pm:
Dinner at Kainggeh Tamuh (The food stalls here serve Brunei's cheapest meals, including nasi katok (plain rice, a piece of fried or curried chicken and sambal; B$1) and nasi lemak (rice cooked in coconut milk and served with chicken, beef or prawn, egg and cucumber slices; also B$1).
7:45pm – 8:15pm:
Walk from Kianggeh Tamuh to Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque
8:15pm – 9:15pm:
Explore/Enjoy the view of Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque at night
9:15pm – 9:30pm:
Walk from the mosque to Jubilee Hotel
9:30ppm:
Bedtime

DAY 2: FEBRUARY 24, 2014, MONDAY
7:00am:
Wake-up Call
8:30am – 9:30am:
Breakfast at Jubilee Hotel
9:30am – 10:00am:
Walk from Jubilee Hotel to Royal Regalia (Take pictures of Brunei History Center (Address: Street Jalan Stoney /Jalan James Peace). Open during official working hours. The Lapau and the Dewan Majilis (Official permission is required to enter, so we can only take pictures outside).
10:00am – 11:20am:
Royal Regalia Building (Address: Street Jln Sultan. Opening hours: 9am-5pm Sun-Thu, 9-11.30am & 2.30-5pm Fri, 9.45am-5pm Sat, last entry 4.30pm). Shoes are to be removed when entering.
11:20pm – 11:50am:
Walk from Royal Regalia to Tasek Lama Recreational Park
11:50am – 12:30pm:
Explore Tasek Lama Recreational Park or Taman Peranginan Tasek (it’s a 15-minute walk from The Lapau and the Dewan Majilis. We can visit this place if you’re up to it).
12:30pm – 1:00pm:
Travel from Tasek Lama to Yayasan Complex
1:00pm – 2:30pm:
Lunch at Kaizen Sushi (A Japanese Restaurant near Yayasan Complex)
2:30pm – 3:00pm:
Walk from Sushi Kaizen to Jubilee Hotel
3:30pm – 4:30pm:
*Kampung Ayer (Water Village) & Kampung Ayer Cultural & Tourism Gallery (Open from 9am-5pm Sat-Thu, 9-11.30am & 2.30-5pm Fri). This is one of the places included in the free return trip of the hotel but we decided on going there by ourselves since it’s only a viewing trip.
4:30pm – 4:33pm:
Sail from Kampung Ayer to Bandar Seri
4:33pm – 5:00pm:
Explore/Enjoy the view of Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque
5:00pm – 5:15pm:
Walk from the Mosque to Jubilee Hotel
5:15pm – 7:15pm:
Rest | Refresh | Snack at the Hotel
7:15pm – 8:15pm:
Window/Grocery Shopping at Yayasan Complex
8:15pm – 9:15pm:
Visit Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque since nothing much to do here at night
9:30pm:
Bedtime

DAY 3: FEBRUARY 25, 2014, TUESDAY
6:30am:
Wake-up Call
7:00am – 8:00am:
Breakfast
8:am – 9:00am:
45-Minute Viewing (Passing-by) of the city.
9:30am – 9:45am:
Istana Nurul Iman (open to the public only during the three-day Hari Raya Aidil Fitri festivities at the end of Ramadan. Best way to check this palace is to take a water-taxi cruise or to stop by the riverside pavilion at Taman Persiaran Damuan, a landscaped park 1.2km beyond the palace).
9:45am – 10:00am:
Travel from Instana Nurul Iman to Brunei’s Arts & Handicrafts Centre
10:00am – 10:20am:
The Arts & Handicrafts Centre (Address: Street Jln Kota Batu. Telephone: +673 224 0676. Opening hours: 8am-5pm Sat-Thu, 8-11.30am & 2-5pm Fri).
10:20am – 10:40am:
Travel from the Centre to Brunei Museum (closed), then went to Malay Technological Museum instead
10:40am – 11:30am:
Malay Technology Museum (Address: Street Jln Kota Batu. Opening hours: 9am-5pm Sun-Thu, 9-11.30am & 2.30-5pm Fri, 9.45am-5pm Sat, last entry 30 min before closing).
11:30am – 11:40am:
Travel from the Museum back to Bandar Seri
11:40am – 11:45am:
60th Monument (Built to Commemorate the 60th Birthday of the Sultan)
12:00pm – 1:00pm:
Lunch at Kopi Bandar
1:00pm – 1:20pm:
Walk from Kopi Bandar to Jubilee Hotel
1:30pm – 3:00pm:
Rest | Refresh
3:00pm – 4:00pm:
Snack at the Hotel’s CafĂ©
4:00pm – 5:00pm:
Travel from Jubilee Hotel to the Empire Hotel & Country Club
5:00pm – 7:00pm:
7:00pm – 7:20pm:
Travel from the Hotel to Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque
7:20pm – 7:50pm:
Explore *Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque (Address: Street Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Hwy, Kampung Kiarong. Opening hours: 8am-noon, 2-3pm & 5-6pm Mon-Wed & Sat, 5-6pm Fri, 10.30am-noon, 2-3pm & 5-6pm Sun, closed Thu).
7:50pm – 8:15pm:
Travel from the Mosque to The Mall
8:15pm – 9:15pm:
Dinner at the food court of The Mall
9:15pm  - 9:30pm:
Travel from The Mall to Jubilee Hotel
10:30pm:
Check-out from the Hotel
10:30pm – 10:45pm:
Travel from Hotel to Airport
*Hotel’s Complimentary Return Trip.  Drop-off & pick-up only.  We can ask the driver to drop us at the water village, and then take a water taxi from there to Istana Nurul Iman. Once we are done we will then go back to Water Village to explore then ask the driver to pick us up. 
 
If you need help preparing your itinerary, leave a comment and I'll do my best to help :)

10 comments:

  1. Hello, I just wanted to ask if the itenerary above is the one you showed in the customs at the airport before departing to brunei? coz im having a hard time to figure out what to write in my 7 days itenerary that the customs will like and let me go there ^_^

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    1. Hi Maria, wow you have 7 days to explore Brunei?! Make sure you visit all the interesting places there. Anyway, are you referring to the immigration? I did not show them our itinerary, the old man at the window where I was called only asked for the hotel booking confirmation and that's that. It was actually my first time to travel out of the country and I was worried about the immigration, but he didn't give me a hard time. My friend warned me about them being not pleasant so I was expecting a long interview or something. Not sure if because I had a big smile when I was called, the old man in the window even smiled back at me. Just be natural when you're called and smile even if they don't. If you need help with your itinerary, just let me know :) Enjoy Brunei!

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  2. Oh only the hotel confirmation? Wow thats simple :) , actually its my 2nd out of the country trip the first one was in hongkong but then I was not worried before because the trip was arranged through the travel agency but now going to brunei I did not because its too expensive 20k each person, thats why I booked it independently and im really having a hard time :( . And also Their buses wont work when it strikes 6pm? What if im still in the mall that time and didnt know the time so what will I ride back to the hotel?

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    1. Are you traveling alone? If yes, it might be expensive if you rent a car to tour you around. Where are you staying? I asked because if you are staying at the centre of Bandar Seri Begawan, then my advice, go to the farthest attraction in the morning so by afternoon you will be in the attraction near the hotel and you can just walk. You can check my other posts (day 1 to day 3) for the attractions so you'll have an idea. I also included a map there so you will see which one is the farthest and the nearest. Hope it helps.

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    2. Sorry, it's this post: http://www.lakwatserangligaw.com/2016/09/30-things-to-see-do-in-brunei-muara.html

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  3. No, im travelling together with my family and we will be staying at qing yun resthouse in gadong and actually I copied your itinerary because it is so perfect. Great job (y) ����

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    1. Glad I could be of help. For more additional helpful information, please visit http://www.lakwatserangligaw.com/2016/10/negara-brunei-darussalam-my-first-out.html. Also, you might want to contact Jubilee Hotel to get the contact details of their Driver, Muhamar for the tour around Brunei. He only charges minimal compare to hotel's service. Enjoy!

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    2. Sure,thank you so much ^^ and btw did you wear shorts in brunei? coz its like its so hot there and do we really need to wear jeans? :(

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    3. No, I didn't. I wore jeans on our 3 days visit there. It's really hot, but I still wore it. I also carry a scarf around just in case I need to cover my face when visiting a mosque or other religious sites. We've met one Filipina there and she's wearing a tokong and 3/4 sleeve blouse, but other than that, I didn't see anyone wearing shorts. Brunei is a Muslim country, and unlike the neighboring country Malaysia, they are more conservative when it comes to dress code. Bring something to cover your face just in case you have to. For Do's and Dont's in Brunei, please visit: http://www.lakwatserangligaw.com/2015/12/brunei-darussalam-dos-donts.html

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  4. Hi Mam, ask lang po about transportation ano po ma advise nyo sakin? from airport to jubilee hotel and roaming around BSB? thank you.

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