My friend and I were travelling for a few weeks around Asia and wanted some place relatively cheap to stay - and Pusat Belia seemed like the only place under $100 a night.
Finding out information about the Pusat Belia seemed a bit of a mission, but following the advice on here, I e-mailed youthhostel.551 (at) hotmail.com and made a booking for a few nights.
We caught the $1 bus from the airport to the city centre, and then walked to the Pusat Belia (which you pass on your way into the city - it's only like a 5 minute walk). I'm pretty sure there is a bus stop right by the hostel, but we didn't think of that until it was too late.
This place is fantastic! My female friend was in a dorm that slept 10, and shared it with a few old ladies. The mens dorms have a lot more rooms - I got one with two bunks to myself for the whole time. Rooms have a really decent air con too. Toilet and shower facilities were clean. There is no hot water, but if you have a shower towards the end of the day the water is quite hot anyway. As with almost every bathroom in Brunei, there is no toilet paper. Don't despair - the Sheraton Utama is 1 minute up the road, and the bathrooms in their lobby have toilet paper :)
There is a pool on site to use at the hostel - admission is $1. It's quite big and very refreshing.
The youth hostel is in the most convenient place, it's so central - everything is within 10 minutes walk. Rooms have lockable wardrobes to store possessions in. Felt very safe leaving stuff there, and would definitely recommend this place to all.
- Also Known As:
- Pusat Belia Youth Hotel Bandar Seri Begawan