Temburong District, a 1,288 square metre area in Brunei, is a beautiful tourist destination separated from the rest of Brunei by the Limbang Division in Sarawak. Going to Temburong District is like entering into a new world - its pristine landscapes and natural sites are a far cry from the modern grandeur of Bandar Seri Begawan.
Temburong District is home to the famous Ulu Temburong National Park.
Temburong District is a perfect destination for anyone who wants to leave the grandness of the city life behind and just relish the peace and calm that come with well-preserved nature sites and breathtaking landscapes. While in the area, don’t forget to visit Ulu Temburong National Park, home of lush greenery, impressive flora and fauna, and landscapes that provide the most stunning vistas. Hop on a boat and explore Pulau Selirong, a place of mangroves and complete serenity. Prepare to be impressed by the unique rock formations and mysterious caves of Peradayan Forest Reserve and Bukit Patoi Recreational Park. End your trip with a stopover at Batang Duri Park.
For now, the only way of getting to Temburong District is by speedboat from the jetty on Jalan Residency. Daily trips are available from 7:00 to 17:00. Roundtrip fares start at BND 14 (USD 11).
You can also charter a personal ferry boat – this can be arranged via a private travel agency. Personal ID and passport are required. Total travel time is 45 minutes.
The generally accepted currency in Temburong District is the Brunei Dollar (BND) which comes in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, 500, 1000, and 10000. The currency also comes in 1, 5, 10, 20, and 50 cents. The Singapore dollar is deemed similar to the Brunei Dollar and is directly accepted by establishments. Be careful of microscopic tears on your bills, though, since most establishments refuse them.
ATM cards are widely accepted in bigger cities such as Bandar Seri Begawan, including American Express, VISA, MasterCard, and Diners Club. ATMs are widely available in both towns and cities. However, not every foreign card is accepted.
The most reliable currency exchange service can be availed from banks in main cities.
June, July, and August are considered peak months in Brunei but the weather around these months is incredibly hot. Rains start to pour in from September to December. The most ideal time to visit is between January to May – chances of raining are low and the temperature is most ideal.
Getting around via bicycle is one of the most popular options in Temburong District. You can hire one bicycle for only USD 2 a day.
Taxis also offer services here. However, there are only a few cabs in the area.
Boarding a boat to go island hopping is also a great option.
Malaysian dishes are cooked and served in a different style in Temburong District. While in the area, don’t miss the famous Ayam Pansuh cooked in bamboo. If you’re craving for burgers, A9 Cafe is the place to be. Udang Galah – seafood that looks like prawns – burgers are a big hit here and DJYF Corner always serves them fresh and hot. Street food is also a must-try here – cucur cucur (fried fritters) at Temburong Market is something not to be missed.
Temburong District is a slice of quaintness in Brunei. It’s a gem that’s worth a visit.