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Bandar Seri Begawan, or BSB, is the capital of the small Sultanate of Brunei's. When Antonio Pigafetta visited Brunei in the mid-16th century, he described a water village made up of 25,000 homes on stilts with a palace in the middle. The water village, Kampong Ayer, exists to this day, albeit significantly modernized with electricity, televisions and even internet access.
Bandar Seri Begawan has a tropical climate with hot and humid conditions year round. There is not a specific dry and wet season, though the wettest time is between September and January at around 300 mm a month. February to April is the driest and sunniest time of the year, a good time for a visit with only around 120 mm of rain in March. February and March have some more sunshine as well, so this is a good time to visit. Temperatures are around 31 °C during the day and 23 °C at night, with very little variation throughout the year (average highs: 30.4 °C in January versus 32.6 °C in May, average lows: 23.0 °C in July versus 23.7 °C in April and May).
Brunei International Airport (BWN) is served by several international airlines and is the base of the Royal Brunei Airlines. There are daily flights to and from London, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and Kota Kinabalu.
A taxi from the airport to BSB costs roughly B$25 and takes 20 minutes. The airport is also a stop on several of the city's bus routes, providing a much cheaper alternative at B$1.
Buses are a comfortable and cheap mode of transport. Six bus routes operate in the city; the Central, Circle, Eastern, Southern, Western and Northern Lines.
|Brunei Hotel||95, Jalan Pemancha BSB BS8811||Hotel||78|
|Jubilee Hotel||Jubilee Plaza Jalan Kg Kianggeh||Hotel||73|
|Sumbiling Eco Village||Kg Sumbiling Lama, Jalan Batang Duri, Temburong, Brunei Darussalam, Borneo||Hostel||-|
|Terrace Hotel||Jalan Tasek Lama||Hotel||79|
|Traders Inn||Blk. D, Lot 11620, Jalan Gadong,||Hotel||71|
|Goodview Hotel||Block A, Lot 13725 Jerudong BG3122||Hotel||-|
See also International Telephone Calls
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