You are looking for hostels in Brunei? Good news, you have come to the right place.
On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. Hostelz.com helps you to find your Brunei hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and Booking.com. So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Brunei.
We list every single hostel in Brunei and the world. In total, we have 2 cities in Brunei for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.
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Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Brunei. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.
The Nation of Brunei is a small sovereign state on the island of Borneo, landlocked by Malaysia. Indonesia is the third country that shares Borneo's land. Brunei is the only sultanate in southeast Asia. While Brunei doesn't have any world famous sights, visitors come to see its capital city Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB) and the jungle. Unlike most other countries in southeast Asia, Brunei sees very few tourists and is therefore still unspoiled.
Brunei is divided into two parts: the area in which the capital BSB is located and Temburong, which is jungle for the most part. The two parts are divided and each part can only be reached by crossing Malaysia’s border in Sarawak before re-entering Brunei.
Most places of travelers’ interests are located within or very near to BSB. As Brunei is a small country, other places can easily be visited as a day trip, either by bus or by organized tour. BSB is also the only place in Brunei where hostels and private budget rooms can be found. The centre is located around the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque and the riverside. From here, it’s easy to book day tours or go independently to other places in Brunei. If you do wish to stay somewhere overnight that's not in Bandar Seri Begawan, the only option is a hotel as there are no hostels outside of BSB.
Most hostels in Brunei offer small dorm rooms and a local vibe. The hostel prices and the costs of traveling in Brunei are higher than in the rest of Southeast Asia. In the hostels, however, you will often find tourists with more experience who like to travel off the beaten track.
The cuisine of Brunei has lots of influences from Indonesia and India, with many restaurants serving food along those countries’ themes. Alcoholic drinks are not for sale in Brunei, but it's allowed to bring a limited amount from other countries.
At BSB's riverside, visitors can find offers for day tours to go farther into (a different) jungle. Hostels or hotels in BSB may also sell tours into the jungle in Temburong. Visitors can explore the mangroves where wildlife such as crocodiles, several kinds of monkeys and many bird species can be encountered.
Brunei becomes more alive on public holidays and the sultan’s birthday. Many activities will be organized where it is easy to meet locals. Therefore, this is the best time to visit Brunei. The activities will continue for up to a week after the sultan’s birthday.
In contrast to other countries in Southeast Asia, poverty hardly exists here as Brunei is rich in oil. Locals in need get support from the government. Therefore you won’t even find many homeless on the street and the crime rate is lower than in surrounding countries. However, do always keep an eye on your belongings and remember that in the more touristic areas, vendors may still try to overcharge you.
In summary, Brunei does not necessarily have the most to offer to travelers and is slightly more expensive than surrounding countries, but some interesting places can be visited and tourists are warmly welcomed by the citizens of Brunei.
Handwritten by local expert for Brunei hostels Martin Straatman
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There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:
There is several hostel booking sites, such as Hostelworld.com, Hostelsclub.com and Booking.com. While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.
This is where Hostelz.com comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.
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Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.
You can search for exacty hostel prices in Brunei here on Hostelz.com. Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.
If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.
We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.
Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.