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Understanding Brunei: Home

This guide provides useful information and links to resources on Brunei.

At A Glance


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This educational video gives a brief introduction about Brunei.

Learn more about the geography and subdistricts of Brunei through this fun educational video. 

Learn more about the various districts in Brunei.

Need To Know

This section helps prepare an individual before visiting Brunei, such as learning the cultural etiquette, basic conversational phrases, and even some useful local contact numbers.

Brunei Greetings

Learn about some simple Brunei greetings.

Phone Apps

    Lessons are broken down into bite-sized chunks and it feels like you’re playing a game. Duolingo is a great introduction, but it can feel like you’re learning a random mix of information, often through repetition. The more you do, the more robust your vocabulary will be.
    The only way to become fluent in a new language is to speak it. Tandem is geared toward conversations with native speakers. The idea is that you can help one another learn new languages via text, audio, and video chat. The app vets you and then helps you to find a partner who shares your interests. They teach you and you teach them.

Dialing Code


Brunei Country Code

Useful Contact Numbers

Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei's Capital City)

  • Ambualnce: 991
  • Police: 993
  • Fire Brigade: 995
  • Search and Rescue: 998
  • High Comission of the Republic of Singapore in Bandar Seri Begawan (Tel): +673-2262-741, 2262-742, 2262-743, 2262-744
  • High Comission of the Republic of Singapore in Bandar Seri Begawan (Emergency; after hours): +673-8751-778


Local Media Sources

This section links to the various local news media in Brunei.

What To Look Out For

This section informs the common scams and crimes to look out for when visiting Brunei.


Brunei travellers of all ages and backgrounds have been victims of scams overseas. Before you go overseas, be aware of some of the common scams that happen to travellers. Take steps to minimise your risk.

Crime & Security

Books about Brunei

This section lists some recommended readings about Brunei.

Acceptable Use Policy

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The use of electronic resources must comply with the Appropriate Use of Electronic Resources Policy and Singapore Management University Acceptable Use Policy