Brunei “Penambang” Water Taxi: Kampong Ayer Cultural & Tourism Gallery to Waterfront Bandar Seri Begawan by Speedboat

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Once done with my Kampong Ayer walkabout, I headed back to the jetty at Kampong Ayer Cultural & Tourism Gallery to catch the Penambang back to Waterfront Bandar Seri Begawan.

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Looking out to Waterfront Bandar Seri Begawan from the jetty.

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The steps down from the jetty.

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Another lady managed to call her Penambang from another pier. Ah well.

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As I was there on the eve of the Brunei Darussalam Regatta 2019, not all boats were operating as Penambangs as they were used as safety escorts too.

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A regatta boat training for tomorrow’s event with the Brunei Fire and Rescue Department (BFRD) escorting.

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Finally about 10 minutes of waiting, a Penambang came with passengers heading to my jetty. A local asked me if I was going to Waterfront Bandar Seri Begawan and if I didn’t mind sharing the boat with him. Sure, no problem.

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The Penambang decided to dock at the floating pontoon beside the jetty instead.

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Heading down to the floating pontoon.

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Departing from Kampong Ayer.

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Zooming across back to the city.

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Crossing the Brunei River at speed.

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Approaching Waterfront Bandar Seri Begawan.

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Arriving at the steps with more passengers waiting to catch a Penambang.

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Disembarking from the Penambang after paying my fare to the captain. Surprisingly, after giving the captain B$1, he returned me a prepared B$0.50 as change, making my fare just 50 cents. Looks like sharing with locals gets you a better fare, or that the single crossing itself costs B$1 and then it’s divided by the number of passengers.

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Looking back at my Penambang with a new set of passengers boarding.

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More Penambangs arriving to drop off passengers. Where were all these when I was waiting at Kampong Ayer Cultural & Tourism Gallery.

Overall, a fun and interesting ride on the Penambang across the Brunei River. Perhaps next time I would like to try a longer ride to see where these speedboats can take me too.

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