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Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei – Getting a Taxi (part 2)!

By on April 22, 2014 in Brunei

This afternoon I decided to head out and explore a bit more of Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. The plan was to get a taxi from the hotel into town (4 km) to the Brunei Museum, and then catch a boat (B$15) to take me around the harbour area so I could see more of the ‘Venice of the east‘. (This was my second attempt with taxis in Brunei, you can read about my first experience with taxis in Brunei in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei – Getting a Taxi (part 1)!)

I tried texting +673 8811889 (the taxi I used yesterday), and after 10 minutes I had not received a reply. I then tried two other numbers, +673 2222214 and +673 2226853, and got no response after another 10 minutes. I then asked at the front desk of the hotel if they could call a taxi. After much effort, they got through to a company, and I was told it would be 15 to 20 minutes. I gave up on my plans to go out and explore because even if I managed to get ‘downtown’, there was a risk I wouldn’t be able to get back, and so I resigned myself to staying in the hotel for the afternoon.

In another town or city, it would have been easy to get a taxi, or I could have walked the distance, however, in Bandar Seri Begawan there is a distinct lack of pavements and paths, and so walking is hazardous as you have to walk along the roads.

It is almost as though Bandar Seri Begawan doesn’t want people to go out and explore the place and spend their money. So much for tourism.

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