Hi, I'm just looking into and trying to form some sort of budget for South East Asia. I know Brunei is supposed to be a wealthy place, does that mean everything is really expensive or not?
For example, how much would it cost for a night in a hostel? And tours etc?
Also, is this the right sort of place to be heading to catch a glimpse of some wildlife - monkeys etc?
Any help would be appreciated, thanks...Rachel x
Compared to some parts of South East Asia, Brunei is expensive but it's still really cheap by English standards. My mate and I got a twin room right in the city centre for about 5 pounds each per night (it was a really basic room though), and eating in cafes meals were about 2 pounds.
I didn't see any wildlife when I was in Brunei though and would recommend neighbouring Sabah for wildlife (Sepilok for orangutangs, turtle island (for turtles!)).
If you go to Brunei I'd recommend staying there for no more than a couple of days cos there's not that much to do. A speed boat trip around the water village is definitely worth doing though, and there's also a pretty nice mosque on a man-made lake which is worth a visit.
Thanks for your advice, Sabah does sound more like what I'm looking for, is it easy to travel from Brunei to Sabah (KK) and cheap? For a bus or train? I'd still like to spend a couple of days in Brunei.
I went to Brunei from Sarawak and that was a right hassle (two buses to the border, then another bus, then a taxi, but I don't think you can do it by bus or train if you're coming from Sabah.
I think the only option is the ferry but you need to change ferries halfway which means that you have to catch the early morning ferry. It's probably also worth checking out the AirAisa website though, to see if they go to Brunei from Sabah.
Yeah, I would defnitely recommend visiting Brunei if you're in the area. Like I said, there's not that much to do but it's still an interesting stop for a couple of days.
If you get to Sarawack the tour to Mulu caves to see the bats leaving at night is a must!!