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Bandar Seri Begawan - Bangar - Ulu Temburong National Park: 4 Days
Located on the island of Borneo, the nation of Brunei Darussalam is one of smallest yet wealthiest nations in the world. It is an interesting mix of spectacular mosques and Islamic architecture, traditional water villages and untouched rainforest in a country where shopping and food are top pastimes.
Explore the capital of Bandar Seri Begawan and the rainforests of Ulu Temburong, catch sight of interesting wildlife, learn about the local culture and sample some great cuisine.
* Price includes 3 nights' accommodation, transfers, guides, 6 meals and more. Price does not include return international flights to Brunei.
We would be happy to provide you with a quote for international flights. Flights from the major cities in Australia to Bandar Seri Begawan in Brunei are very approximately $600 - $900 per person return. The actual price varies depending on departure city, time of year and luck of the draw!
Day 1: Arrive and discover Bandar Seri Begawan
Upon arrival at Bandar Seri Begawan airport you will be met by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel for check-in, where you can rest before beginning your holiday with a short tour of the city.
Highlights of the city tour include a visit to the Brunei Museum, Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, The Royal Regalia Exhibition Hall, Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque and a photo stop at the entrance of the biggest residential palace in the World – Istana Nurul Iman, which is the official residence of His Majesty The Sultan of Negara Brunei Darussalam.
Please note: Non-Muslims are not allowed to enter the mosques on Thursdays, Fridays and during any religious ceremonies. For tours on these days and times you can visit the garden area and compound of the 2 mosques.
Overnight in Bandar Seri Begawan: The Centre Point Hotel.
Day 2: Take a water taxi to Bangar and trek through the rainforest of Bukit Patoi
Enjoy a leisurely breakast and at 11:30am you will be collected from your hotel and taken to a local restaurnat for lunch. After lunch, you will be taken to the jetty to catch a water taxi to Bangar, Temburong (about 45 minutes).
On arrival at Bangar you will be met and greeted by a local guide. Continue on to Bukit Patoi for a nature trek through the colourful and dense jungle, where you can listen and keep an eye out for all kinds of wildlife including the odd looking proboscis monkeys, gibbons birdlife and more. You will want your camera with you to capture the panoramic views of the rainforest from the summit of Bukit Patoi.
Later in the day you will be taken to your resort in Batang Duri for check-in where you can either relax, enjoy a swim or some sightseeing from one of the treehouses overhanging the riverbank - the choice is yours. There is also an opportunity to help prepare tonight's dinner - a delicious local specialty using bamboo - followed by an optional night walk to spot the nocturnal wildlife.
Please note: we advise wearing comfortable walking shoes and taking a change of clothes.
Overnight in Batang Duri: Trandie Marina Resort
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Explore Ulu Temburong National Park
This morning after breakfast set off on your day's adventure to Ulu Temburong National Park using the "temuai" - a local wooden longboat.
After registration at the Forestry Registration office, your guide will take you on a guided trek up to the Canopy Walkway (1,200 steps) - be prepared to be wowed by the views of this untouched wilderness.
Continue on to a jungle waterfall where you can choose to swim or you might like to try out a natural fish massage in the pools around the waterfall.
Head back to the jungle lodge where you can enjoy a warm home cooked lunch. Later on, transfer to Bangar to catch your boat back to Bandar Seri Begawan.
Overnight in Bandar Seri Begawan: Centre Point Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4: Time to go home or onto your next destination
After breakfast you will be collected and transferred to the airport in time for your flight.
Meals included: Breakfast
* All accommodation and hotels are subject to change. If the stated hotel is not available a hotel of a similar standard and location will be booked.
- 4 day tour of Brunei including Bandar Seri Begawan and the rainforest of Temburong National Park
- 3 nights' accommodation.
- Enjoy the delights of Bruneian cuisine with 6 meals included in the package.
- All airport transfers – your tour guide will be there to meet you on arrival and get you to the airport on time for your departure.
- Air conditioned mini van for all overland transport and all transport as per itinerary.
- English speaking guide.
- Entrance and sightseeing fees as stated in the itinerary.
- Discover the city of Bandar Seri Begawan with its golden domed and ornate mosques, the Sultan's palace and the contrast of water villages.
- Take a boat to Bangar, climb the summit of Bukit Patoi and enjoy the views of the untouched rainforest.
- Take a traditional longboat upstream to Ulu Temburong National Park, where you can take a jungle walk and spot wildlife.
How to get there:
This tour starts and ends in Bandar Seri Begawan.
Brunei is situated on the North coast of the island of Borneo, surrounded by Malaysia and the South China Sea.
Travelbay works together with an excellent corporate flight booking company and is happy to provide you with a quote and organise your flights. We charge a $50 booking fee for this service. Alternatively, if you would like to arrange flights yourself you can find more information and suggestions here.
If you are wanting to know more about how far it is between destinations and how long your flight will take, you can visit www.travelmath.com and use their trip calculator.
To help you calculate the time difference we recommend World Time Buddy.
Travellers on an Australian passport will need to apply for a visa to Brunei. This can be done on arrival and you are required to fill in a Visa Form and arrival card which is available on all incoming flights to Brunei.
You can apply for either a single or multiple entry visa and the visa is valid for 30 days.
You will need the following:
- A valid passport with more than 6 months expiry
- Complete visa application form
- The visa fee of BND20 (approximately AUD20). Please note the visa fees may change and you may want to check directly with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade for Brunei
- One recent passport sized photograph
- Copy of your travel itinerary
The currency used in Brunei is the Brunei dollar. Singapore dollars can also be used in Brunei and are accepted like Brunei dollars.
What currency to take over there is a personal choice. Some people prefer to take US$ cash as a backup whilst others prefer to take AUD$ cash – it depends on what you are comfortable with. There are ATM machines available and you should let your bank know that you will be using your card overseas to avoid them freezing any 'suspicious' activity.
Tipping and tour guides:
A few customers have asked us about tipping. Really this is a personal matter, not obligatory and at your discretion.
Some like to provide the tour guide with a few dollars a day and a little less for the driver. If you love your guide you can of course offer more – it really is up to you.
Tour guides will not generally join you when eating – you are welcome to invite them though if you feel to.
Travelbay recommends you check with your doctor as to any immunisations that you may require or that are recommended for your travels. Alternatively, you can visit The Travel Doctor or Travelvax for more information.
Dry season: May to September
Wet season: September to December
Temperature: Sitting only a few degrees North of the equator, the temperatures are fairly similar all year round, 25-33 degrees Celsius during the day and not going much below 22 degrees Celsius during the night.
Peak season: June and August
Language: The official language of Brunei is Malay but English is widely spoken
Predominant religion: Muslim
Please note: The sale of alcohol is prohibited in Brunei and laws governing the limited importation of alcohol are strictly enforced. Travellers should familiarise themselves with local requirements and be aware that they may be required to produce documentation showing that any alcohol was legally purchased and imported.
Some interesting facts:
The tiny state of Brunei has one of the world's highest standards of living thanks to its bountiful oil and gas reserves.
Bruneians get free education and health care, subsidised food and housing and they do not pay personal incomes taxes.
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah belongs to the same family that has ruled Brunei for over six hundred years.
Traditionally in Brunei you don't shake hands with the opposite sex.
The Belalong Tree Frog can only be found in Brunei.
Extend your holiday on the island of Borneo or enjoy some time on the Malaysian Peninsula with one of these great tours.
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- 6 meals as per itinerary.
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- An English speaking guide throughout the tour.
- Entrance and sightseeing fees as stated in the itinerary.
- All airport transfers.
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