Friday, January 20, 2017
Bandar Seri Begawan (Part 2): Teksi!!
I'm not going to sugarcoat it. If you're an independent tourist in BSB, getting around can be quite a pain. Why? There are hardly any options for public transport. Buses are available, but rather infrequent. No subway or tricycles or other means, so the only recourse was to take taxis ("teksi").
Unfortunately, as i had mentioned in my earlier post, there are only 40 official taxis in the entire country. So, if your idea is to stand on a street corner and hail a passing cab, good luck. You will be standing there for eternity, my friend.
So, what to do? Here was what we did to get around this inconvenience. We always asked our hotel front desk to call us a taxi in advance, since it would take 20 - 30 minutes for one to arrive.
Then, once we were on the way, we asked the driver for his card so we could have him pick us up at a later time. (Sometimes, it was the driver himself who volunteered his card)
Here was one taxi driver i heartily recommend (check his card below). "Uncle" drove us for 2 consecutive nights; he was on time, he was very knowledgeable about directions; and his service was exemplary.
Once you are finished with dinner or hanging out in a coffee shop, and are preparing to leave, just give the card to the staff and ask them to call for the taxi. This way, you save on having to make a call from your (on international roaming) mobile phone. :-D
Stay tuned for our next post on some of the restaurants we tried in BSB!