When In Brunei

I remember booking my first ticket to Brunei few years back. It was originally scheduled on February 2017 but then since I did 15 countries last year, I decided to move it to February 2018 instead. So what exactly is so special about Brunei? My friends would always tell me, “you won’t see anything there” or “you won’t like it in Brunei” but then my gut was telling me that I should still do it. I like adventures and wherever my tummy takes me, I’ll still go for it!

Brunei International Airport


So how did I go to Brunei? I took a plane from Manila to Bandar Seri Begawan via a top budget airline in my country. I got the round trip tickets for less than 40 USD. Not bad huh? I’m really good at seat sales so I always get the best price for each ticket. I usually fly economy because it’s cheaper. I don’t mind actually. I only did two business class flights before.

Inside the Brunei International Airport
Art appreciation anyone?

It was a challenging trip. I was sick during the entire trip but then I wouldn’t back down the challenge. I was down but not out. Why not make the most out of your trip?

So upon arriving at the Brunei International Airport, I did the usual traveler would do. Take as much photos as I can!

Where will my feet take me next?
Just in time for the 34th National Day of Brunei
Did you know that Brunei is a Muslim country?

I was very fortunate enough to join the 34th Brunei Day or the National Parade. It was a very nice feeling to immerse yourself with the local culture. I get to see the King/Sultan too during the parade. It was so cool! I get to wear the traditional Cikar from Zix.Brunei. I sported the Cikar #34 just in time for the Brunei National Day celebration.It was the highlight of my trip.

It starts with a healthy breakfast!
Me being a foodie in action
I’m one of the delegates in the National Parade.
Twinning! haha
During the march…

Foodie as usual!
Loving my Cikar #34

Here are some more of the photos in action in Brunei:

A photo with Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque

Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque is one of the major religious buildings in Brunei. Non-Muslim travelers can visit inside the mosque at a certain schedule only. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to do it for 3 days. I always arrive early or late.

Production of the Billionth Barrel of Crude Oil monument sponsored by Shell last July 1991.
Don’t mind the foodie belly. Hahaha! My jump shot attempt!

I visited the Jerudong Park. There was so many things you can do there like playing with the horses in the stables, walk around the grounds, play golf, squash and swim.

Hello there horses.

Hope I can ride a horse again soon.

I also visited The Empire Hotel & Country Club. It was one of the most iconic and oldest hotel in Brunei. It was really majestic!

My Titanic moment in the stairs.
Look at my freshly made strawberry gelato with dessicated coconut, chocolate bits and corn crunchies.
Ice cream shot!
Isn’t it pretty?

Me and my ice cream!
Kiss!
Peek a boo!

Much better at night isn’t it?

My watchtower

And of course, I wouldn’t leave Bandar Seri Begawan without trying the local cuisine. I love trying out anything locally made. Here are some of the best:

Roti Kacang Kahwin
Roti Kacang Kahwin – one of my faves at Chop Jing Chew

Chop Jing Chew is one of the oldest and the best breakfast spots in Brunei. I had my breakfast here for few days. I got a nice postcard too.

Kaya Toast

Curry Puff Daging
Teh Tarik
with my friend, Nikie
Honey Lemon was my best friend in Brunei. It’s good for sore throat. Oh and yes, Pandan Cake!

I also tried some treats at Gadong Night Market. It’s really cheap and you’ll find a lot of food finds.

Satay anyone?
My rainbow bread. Was it good? Just colorful.
It was visually tasty!
Soup anyone?

I also visited Soto Pabo. It was a very good restaurant in Kampung Ayer. I ordered Soto Hati Buyah + Ayam.

Soto Hati Buyah
Honey Lemon is my best drink in town!

The food adventure does not stop there. I had murtabak too.

murtabak

Some of other miscellaneous photos from my trip:

Car selfie
Always a time for swimming! It was hot!
Beach is life!
My morning view!
One of the active parks

Coffee in a truck? Why not!

Would I go back to Brunei? Yes because I fell in love with the food as well as the people behind this small yet disciplined country. If there would be one area of improvement, that would be the public transportation.

Check out my other travel related articles

  1. My Eatalian Trip
  2. 1 euro meal at 100 Montaditos Colosseo
  3. “Fol” in love with popcorn
  4. Nutella Crepe at Le Chapeau Bistrot
  5. Authentic Italian Experience at Talea
  6. Christmas Market in Frankfurt
  7. What to do in Bruges (Brugge)
  8. What to do in Brussels
  9. What to do in Oslo
  10. What to do in Budapest
  11. When In Paris

Till my next trip! Watch this space for more updates.

The Tennis Foodie 🙂

 

27 thoughts on “When In Brunei”

  1. Wow! I’m so sorry that you weren’t feeling well during your trip, but it looks like you still had an amazing time! I love you “foodie in action” shot! So true!

  2. I am sorry to hear you were sick on your trip, it looks like you had a really good time regardless. The Brunei National Day celebration sounds like a great experience.

  3. You have so many interesting and fascinating pictures from the place. Thank you for sharing them. I have almost never even heard about the place, but now I know more about it.

  4. This place looks like an amazing place to spend a holiday. There are so many tasty looking dishes and I definitely would have to try that freshly made gelato and ice cream.

  5. It looks like you had a great time even though you were not feeling to good. Love the pics. Looks like a very interesting place. I’m glad you chose to go even though some friends said there was nothing there!

  6. So many amazing things to see and do in Brunei, I had no idea!
    Great to see that you had so much fun even though you were quite sick. But what I like the most is the delicious looking food. There are some really “Yummies” I see there, for example the Soto Hati Buyah or the Pandan Cake. Your article made me very curios about Brunei, thank you for sharing!

  7. First of all, that gelato looks amazing!!! I love the fact that there was art on display at the airport, and who knew that there’s a monument for the billionth barrel of crude oil from Shell? I’m really glad that despite getting sick, you had such a blast and got to experience all the things that the negative talkers missed out on!

  8. Round trip ticket to Brunei for 40USD?! That is freaking a huge deal! I used to make a travel arrangement for my consultants to Brunei and believe me it is expensive. However, if you are a party person, Brunei might not me your kind of place. Indeed, the city is enormously gorgeous!

  9. Isolated in its own corner of the Borneo Island, Brunei is that country all people forget that it’s a part of Southeast Asia. Not too many people visit this place and it’s, in fact, one of the least visited countries in Asia. I’m glad you decided to visit. Thank you for sharing your experience.

  10. Isolated in its own corner of the Borneo Island, Brunei is that country all people forget that it’s a part of Southeast Asia. Not too many people visit this place and it’s, in fact, one of the least visited countries in Asia. I’m glad you decided to visit. Thank you for sharing your experience.

  11. I am looking at visiting Brunei next year and this post sure helps me plan better. Good to know you can get some budget airlines to fly into the capital from other countries in Asia. The food looks amazing and I was wondering what there is to see and do and this post gives some great pointers. The most famous no doubt is the Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque and something to marvel at

  12. I knew it was kaya toast when I saw the first picture of you with the traditional Cikar. I wonder if it’s as good as the one in Singapore. Mmm… you made me drooling. The satay looks good, and I really want to try that Roti Kacang Kahwin. And, so lucky you were able to join their National Parade in their traditional dress.

  13. Great to learn that you followed your heart and got to Brunei. We had heard similar things when we were in Malaysia and contemplating a visit here. Falling sick can be daunting on a trip but nice you made the best of the time you had. Totally loved this virtual tour of Brunei and even though we did not go there, I am happy to discover it through your post!

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