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Brunei is a country that is rich in history, culture, breathtaking architecture, and refreshing natural beauty. Though this country is mostly overlooked by most tourists, it does not lessen the number of top-notch tourist destinations that are yet to be discovered by most travelers. Aside from the country’s sceneries, Brunei is also known to be a clean, safe, and peaceful country. You should not miss out on stopping by Brunei if you happen to tour around Asia.

Top Destinations in Brunei

With its great architectural structure and vibrant natural sceneries, Brunei has a lot to offer. Many tourists would think otherwise, but once you step on Brunei, you will be convinced that this country has to be one of the must-visits for travelers. Aside from that, Brunei also serves great food that is a mix of different cuisines.

Kampong Ayer

Considered to be the largest floating village in the world, Kampong Ayer is located in Brunei’s capital city, Bandar Seri Begawan. It is also known as the Venice of the East. For over 1,300 years, villagers have lived in the astonishing floating water village. There are more than 30,000 inhabitants in the village that makes the population of the city 10% of the entirety of Brunei’s.

The visitor center of Kampong Ayer is open throughout the year except on public holidays. They open from 9 AM until 5 PM. Fridays have a little bit of difference in the opening schedule as it closes at 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. It is best to visit Kampong Ayer from January up to May as it is considered a good season in the country.

Driving Directions

  • From Brunei International Airport, it would take you at least 22 minutes to get to Kampong Ayer via Kebangsaan Rd.
  • Continue to Jalan Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa
  • Take Jalan Perdana Menteri, Jln Menteri Besar, Kebangsaan Rd and Jln Residency to Jln Lumapas
  • Turn left to stay on Jln Lumapas.

International driving permits are required in Brunei. As an International Driving Permit in Brunei is required, you can get yours on our website by checking out the application page. You can also find the International Driver’s License in Brunei requirements on the IDA website.

Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

The Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque is known to be one of the two mosques that are very famous in Brunei. Omar Ali Saifuddien III, the 28th Sultan of Brunei, initiated the construction of this mosque. Thus, it was named after him. This mosque is surrounded by an artificial lagoon that reflects the image of the mosque. You will be immersed in the beauty and rich history and culture that you can see inside the mosque.

The best time to visit the mosque is in the morning before 11:30 AM. Though it is open from morning until the evening, the public is not allowed to enter the mosque during prayer hours that usually occurs five times a day. The mosque is also closed on Thursdays and Fridays.

Driving Directions

It takes 17 minutes to get to Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque from Brunei International Airport via the Kebangsaan Rd.

  • Continue to Jalan Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa
  • Take Jalan Perdana Menteri, Jln Menteri Besar and Kebangsaan Rd to Jalan Masjid Omar 'Ali Saifuddien/Masjid Omar 'Ali Saifuddien in Pusat Bandar
  • At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Jalan Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa
  • At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Jalan Perdana Menteri.
  • Turn right onto Jalan McArthur.
  • Go through 1 roundabout.
  • Continue onto Jalan Masjid Omar 'Ali Saifuddien/Masjid Omar 'Ali Saifuddien

The international driving license in Brunei must contain your address. Our replacement service won't require you to fill out the application form again. In case of loss, you can contact the customer service of IDA and provide them your name and international driving license in Brunei number. You should also provide your contact number to get the International Driving Permit for Brunei.

Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

Another famous mosque that you can find in Brunei is the Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque. In 1992, to honor the current Sultan’s reign for 25 years, this mosque was built. This mosque is unique as it has a personal escalator for the sultan in his private entrance to the mosque. The 29 golden domes found in the mosque represent the Sultan as he is the 29th from his dynasty to reign. Its background and history are enough for you to visit the mosque.

You can either admire the mosque’s beauty inside or outside it. When you get inside, you have to take off your shoes. The mosque is open from 8 AM – 12 noon and 2 – 3 PM. It is closed on Thursdays, Fridays and special holidays. You cannot take photographs or videos inside the mosque, but it is allowed outside.

Driving Directions

  • From Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, it would take an estimated 8-minute drive to get to Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque via Jln Stoney.
  • Take Jln Simpang to Simpang 127
  • Head north on Jalan Masjid Omar 'Ali Saifuddien/Masjid Omar 'Ali Saifuddien toward Jln Elizabeth Dua.
  • Turn left onto Jalan Tasek.
  • Turn left at the 1st cross street onto Jln Simpang.
  • Continue on Simpang 127 to your destination.

You can visit an office to get an international driver’s permit in Brunei. However, if you’re in a hurry, you don’t have to go to an international driver’s license in an office in Brunei to get one. Applying for international driving permits at the International Driver’s Association is quick and hassle-free. You can get your digital international driver’s license for Brunei at your email address. If you need a physical copy, you need to provide an international driver's license in Brunei address.

Istana Nurul Iman

The Istana Nurul Iman is a palace with almost 1,800 rooms making it the world’s largest house. It is the official residence of Brunei’s Sultan. The palace is located a few kilometers drive from Brunei’s capital city, Bandar Seri Begawan. Visiting the palace during Hari Raya or Eid Fitr will get you a chance to shake hands with the royal family of Brunei.

Tourists are not allowed to get inside the palace unless it is Hari Raya. You can get inside the palace during the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th day of Hari Raya. Free food, drinks, and cakes are treats you can find inside the palace. Another aspect that you can enjoy in the palace is its majestic architectural structure.

Driving Directions

  • A 21-minute drive is needed for you to get to Istana Nurul Iman from Brunei International Airport via Lebuhraya Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and Jln Pengiran Babu Raja. Always keep in mind that you will drive on the left side of the road.
  • Continue to Jalan Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa
  • Take Lebuhraya Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Jalan Estet Gadong and Jln Pengiran Babu Raja to your destination
  • Drive to your destination
  • Destination will be on the right.

Registration for the International Driving Permits in Brunei can be done online. You only need to comply with the international driver’s license for Brunei requirements and input your information on the application form, and you can get your IDP in just 20 minutes. You can also visit an international driver’s permit office in Brunei.

Royal Regalia Museum

The Royal Regalia Museum will let you see and experience the luxurious life of the Sultan. This museum is located in Bandar Seri Begawan. You also get to see through the past as the displays in the museum go way back to 29 generations of the current Sultan of Brunei. Against chariot, jewels and golds are just some of the things you can see inside the museum.

The entrance fee to the museum is free of charge. It is usually open from 9 AM to 5 PM during Sundays to Thursdays and Saturdays, while during Fridays, it is open from 9 AM to 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM to 5 PM. You can visit any season you want as not a lot of people visit the museum. Experience different photographs and holograms that are presenting the life of the Sultan.

Driving Directions

  • It will take you an estimated 13-minute drive to get to the Royal Regalia Museum from Brunei International Airport via Jalan Perdana Menteri.
  • Continue to Jalan Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa
  • Take Jalan Perdana Menteri and Jalan Kumbang Pasang to Jln Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien in Pusat Bandar
  • At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Jalan Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa
  • At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Jalan Perdana Menteri.
  • At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Jalan Perdana Menteri.
  • Destination will be on the left.

When applying for international driving permits in Brunei, make sure to enter your address and zip code correctly to avoid any delays in the shipment of the physical copy of the IDP. The International Drivers Association issues international driving permits that are accepted in over 150 countries. Applications for international driving permits can be done online or by visiting the land transport department. For quick and hassle-free applications, apply online.

Jerudong Park Playground

If you are a fan of outdoor activities and adventures, you should visit the Jerudong Park Playground. This playground was once considered the largest themed park in the world. Different types of themed park rides you can experience are available in this playground. Another fact that made it historic is that Michael Jackson once performed there for the Sultan’s birthday.

You can enter the themed park by paying an admission fee of BND1 and enjoy all the rides for only BND5. It is usually closed from Monday to Wednesday, and opening hours depend on the days of the week. On Saturday and Sunday, it is open from 10 AM to 11:30 PM. On Thursday, opening hours are from 4 PM to 11 PM, and on Fridays, from 3 PM to 11:30 PM.

Driving Directions

  • An 18-minute drive is needed for you to reach the Jerudong Park Playground from Brunei International Airport via Lebuhraya Tungku and Muara - Tutong Hwy.
  • Get on Lebuhraya Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah from Jalan Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa
  • Continue on Lebuhraya Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. Drive from Lebuhraya Tungku and Muara - Tutong Hwy to Jerudong. Exit from Muara - Tutong Hwy
  • Drive to your destination
  • Destination will be on the right.

When applying for an IDP, submit the required documents and fill out the application form. Once you've submitted your application form, we process your approval for an IDP, which takes less than 2 hours. You can also check out our website for updates. Among the information you can find on our website while inquiring about securing an International Driver’s Permit/License in Brunei is our office address.

Tasek Lama Recreational Park

If you opted for relaxation in a place of fresh air and natural beauty, then Tasek Lama Recreational Park is for you. Locals sometimes dubbed this park as the “Waterfall Park” as you can find a natural waterfall and a lake in the park. You can also go hiking and fishing in the park. A picnic with your family, friends, or travel mates is perfect in this park.

It is best to visit the park early in the morning or late afternoon as the temperature will completely soothe your mind. Aside from the atmosphere it radiates, crowds are usually low during early mornings and late afternoons. The entrance fee is completely free, and the park is open from 6 AM to 6 PM all year round.

Driving Directions

  • You can reach Tasek Lama Recreational Park from Brunei International Airport in a 14-minute drive via Kebangsaan Rd.
  • Continue to Jalan Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa
  • Follow Jalan Perdana Menteri, Jln Menteri Besar and Kebangsaan Rd to Jln Tasek Lama
  • Follow Jln Tasek Lama to your destination.

Most Important Driving Rules

If it came to you that you wanted to visit and explore the hidden beauty of Brunei by driving through the country, you should be aware of the important road traffic rules. These road traffic rules will be your guide to drive in Brunei without hassle and worry. There may be road traffic rules that are new to you. That is why it is important to know and understand every one of them to avoid trouble with the Bruneian authorities.

Another reminder is for you to secure an International Driver’s Permit (IDP) in Brunei. You can secure an International Driver’s Permit in any location you are. It is one of the legal documents that road traffic authorities will require you to have aside from your local driver’s license, vehicle registration documents, and passport.

Basic Traffic Rules

The most basic road traffic rule in Brunei is to drive on the left side of the road and overtake on the right. Unlike other countries that you should drive on the right and overtake on the left, in Brunei, it is different. It may be quite challenging for tourist drivers who are used to driving on the right to drive on the left side in Brunei. Keep this in mind when driving in Brunei to avoid road accidents.

Always Bring Your International Driving Permit in Brunei

As you cannot drive without an International Driver’s Permit/License in Brunei, you need to secure one. You can secure an international driver’s permit for Brunei on the website of the International Driver’s Association. Once you have already secured yours, always bring it with you as road checkpoints can happen at any time of the day.

You don't need to worry about waiting for several hours in the land transport department to apply for an IDP because you can do it online. You only need to fill out the application form and submit your driving license, passport, and photos. If you have any inquiries about your International Driver’s Permit/License in Brunei, you can always call our contact number located on the website.

Don’t forget to carry required documents

Aside from your International Driving Permit/License in Brunei, your local driver’s license, passport, vehicle registration certificate, and other car-related documents must always be with you whenever you are driving in Brunei. You might be questioned by road authorities, and for sure, they will ask for the documents. And when you fail to present them, you might get brought in with the authorities.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs Is Strictly Prohibited

Even if Brunei has banned the sale of alcohol in the country, if you are a non-Muslim, you can still buy and drink alcohol at certain stores. But, you are not allowed to drive after drinking. Driving after drinking alcohol is never okay. It can lead to severe accidents on the road. So better avoid driving after you have drunk alcohol.

Obey Road’s Speed Limit

There are road signs that will tell you the speed limit on a particular road. Road speed limits are imposed by Bruneian road authorities to guide you. You have to respect and obey every road’s speed limit. Not following the speed limit is also one of the main causes of road accidents in Brunei. And we all know that the last event you want to happen on your trip is to get involved in an accident.

Observe Roads Sign While Driving in Brunei

Together with the mandated speed limit, road signs are your guide while driving. It gives you information about the dos and don’ts along the road. So you better watch out for it while driving in Brunei and obey it as they are put there for your own good. Observing road signs can also prevent road accidents, so make sure to take note of them while driving.

Do Not Use Your Phone While Driving

You have to make sure that your attention is solely on the road while driving to avoid road accidents. That is why you should not use your phone when driving. It can divert your attention away from the road. If it is an emergency, and you need to use your phone, pull over to the side of the road, and don’t forget to use signal lights. When you are on the side of the road, that is the right time to use your phone.

Do Not Run a Red Light

Always stop the vehicle when in red light. Running a red light can danger not just you but also the other drivers on the road. It is illegal and very dangerous. It is one of the main causes of severe road accidents.

Always wear your seatbelt

Do not forget to wear your seatbelt before and when driving in Brunei. Bruneian road authorities are strict when it comes to their policies. Also, wearing a seatbelt will lessen the impact and injury in road accidents. Wearing a seat belt is one of the most important road traffic rules that you must strictly observe in Brunei.

Do Not Drive With an Expired License

Driving with an expired IDP or driving license in Brunei will cause confrontations with the road traffic authorities. Keep in mind that international driving permits are only valid for 1-3 years. Even if your International Driving Permit/License in Brunei is still valid, it will not be sufficient without a valid driving license. As easy as it can be said, just go to the application page on this website and fill out the application form. Very affordable offers await you. Price starts at $49 for an International Driving Permit/License in Brunei, valid for one year.

After submitting your application, it will be processed and reviewed. Once approved, the digital copy of your International Driver’s Permit in Brunei will be sent to you via email. The physical copy will be shipped to you in no time. If your IDP has expired, you can renew it by doing the same steps you did when you first applied.

For further information about securing an International Driver’s Permit/License in Brunei, you can access the contact number of the International Driver’s Association on our website. Their email address and the location address are also on our website.

Planning for your next trip can be a headache at first. It will be your first challenge before you can enjoy the beauty of Brunei. Driving in Brunei will give you the comfort that you want on your trip. Moreover, together with the International Driver’s Association, you can have an enjoyable and relaxing trip to Brunei.

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