Thanis Lim

All Rounder Chef and Food Journalist

Brunei Sungkai 2018: Brunei River Cruise Sungkai Cruise!


Many of you will definitely remember the Brunei River Cruise Sungkai Dinner, which is a 2 hour cruise along the Brunei River, enjoying the sunset and having sungkai dinner on board the cruise ship. This is the third year in a row I’ve been on this cruise and I always look forward to it! With the grand opening of the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha Bridge, you can see it up close and personal through the cruise!


Bookings are essential and tickets have to be purchased before cruise date. Payments can be made online or at the jetty and tickets collection can be done at Queen Elizabeth Jetty!!


Guests are expected to arrive at 5pm for registration and the cruise will start punctually at 5.30pm from Queen Elizabeth Jetty. We arrived early and decided to pose for photos and IG stories first!


There’s plenty of place to sit while waiting ~~ or after the cruise ~~


Pondok for OOTD haha ~~


woo hoo ~~ are you excited to go on your Sungkai Rivercruise?


My two great friends joining us for this cruise is Xiang Xiang and Jaymee ~~~ They can’t wait to take lots of great photos and enjoy the beautiful scenic route of our Brunei River!


Brunei Food Diary Fiqah and Hafiz, my other two guests who have been joining me in my Ramadhan coverage for the past two weeks ~~


Two popular young influencers Saayed and Amirul who are ultra funny and ukum ~~ always fun to have them on the same ship ~~ just have to resist now throwing them off the boat ~~ LOL


Guest will be free to move around and enjoy the sights while waiting to break the fast.


The cruise will end at the jetty at 7.30pm. Prayer area will be provided onboard the cruise and at the jetty.


Two hours cruise ~~ what if I need to go toilet? Don’t worry ~~ they have toilets on board ~~


They will play the safety instructional videos before moving so be sure to pay attention when they play this on board ~~


It is very easy to take instagrammable shots while on board the cruise!


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Dress up for the occasion ~~ that’s the advise I can give you ~ so you can take photos while enjoying the view ~~


It would be great if you bring your Instagram Boyfriend/Husband/Friendzoned-Friend to be there to help you take all your OOTDs ~~~ so you can insert your inspirational quote of the day with the majestic Brunei River view ~~~


These group of bros ~~ posing for a shot and having a good time together ~~


Strike a pose!


In every cruise – there will always be THAT one couple or two funny bros who want to take the titanic pose ~~ HAHAHHA~~


Xiang Xiang having fun posing for photos ~~ and can you believe the ship hasn’t even started moving yet?! Hahaha!


While the boat is moving ~~ be sure to check out the leaflet – which tells you which iconic monuments you will see while on board the cruise!

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The boat moving towards the sunset *Swoons* ~~ Time to take sunset pics!


No professional camera equipment? No Problem ~~ With the quality of cameras on handphones ~~ you can also capture the beauty of sunset along Brunei River Cruise ~~


Regular people taking pictures of their loved ones~~~ no professional camera or skills needed ~~ just snap snap snap ~~~ treasure these beautiful memories ~~


While you might be focusing too much on taking pictures – be sure to enjoy the view with your someone special and bask in the moment ~~~


Our beloved Kampung Ayer ~ can you believe I grew up in Kampung Ayer?


Up close and personal with Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha Bridge!


Viewing the bridge from the cruise is a different feeling! Jaymee was pretty excited!


One of the main highlights ~~ you can see a night view version later!


A glimpse of our beautiful mosque!


Group picture before we move inside to start our Sungkai Dinner!


This year Royal Brunei Catering is the official caterer. They will be serving popular local dishes and desserts throughout the month of Ramadhan.


Desserts and drinks corner ~~~


Appetizers and special dish of the day ~~ today we have Assam Laksa ~~


I have to say I quite enjoyed their sambal belacan with their ulam ulam




Dates! The essentials of every Sungkai dinner ~


Gorgeous nasi pelangi (rainbow rice)


mmmmmmmmmmmmm beef rendang ~~ this is Amirul’s favourite of the day ~~ he really ate quite a lot of this!


Would you like some roasted chicken ~~ *Drools*


Steamed fish ~~ mmm ~~~


Stir fried cangkok manis ~~ a local favourite veggie!


This kerabu jantung pisang is really good!


The condiments for the assam laksa ~~


Assam Laksa ~~~ notice there’s so much extra chili ~~ that’s Fiqah’s bowl ~~ she really loves spicy food!


Haha ~ Fiqah ~ why are you looking at Hafiz like that? So cute!


Ahhh ~~ nothing like a lovely meal after all the sunset ~~


Don’t forget dessert! there’s Sliced fruits platter ~


The local kueh is pretty good ~~ especially their kuih lenggang tonight!


Enjoy coffee or tea ~~ while chatting and having kuih ~~

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While the sun has already set ~~ don’t forget to go out and enjoy the night view! Really love how beautiful our mosque is!

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You simply must come out to take pictures at the front deck with the fairy lights!

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Timing and luck is crucial for these type of shots ~~ I was lucky to get this gorgeous shot of Jaymee with the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha Bridge


It is beautiful at night isn’t it ~~


I had to lie down just to shoot this ~~ HAHAHA!

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I really had lots of fun shooting pictures of the scenery and the food but I rarely get a pic of myself. Thanks Amirul for this candid shot of me ~~

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If you travel outside of Brunei – you cannot find a two hour cruise that costs only $38 – to top if off – they actually have catering from Royal Brunei Catering included! That’s a really good bargain indeed!

Sungkai & Sunset Cruise

You can book online at or through their hotline 7290838 (Whatsapp / call). Advance booking is required.

Payment can be made cash at jetty, bank transfer or credit / debit card online.


Adult - B$ 38 | B$ 45 for non-resident

Child (6-11 years) - B$ 28 | B$ 35 for non-resident

Child (3-5 years) - B$ 19


30 PAX - B$ 1,100

60 PAX - B$ 2,100


- 2 hours cruise onboard MV Sentosa

- Sungkai buffet onboard by Royal Brunei Catering

- Prayer area onboard

Terms & Conditions:

  1. Anyone with a valid Brunei IC is considered a resident.
  2. Punctuality is essential as the cruise will depart at 5.30pm
  3. Management reserves the right to change the time or cancel any cruise under certain circumstances.
  4. Due to limited seats, Free child below age 3 is limited to 1 child per group. Charges may apply for additional child.
  5. Seating / Table will be allocated prior to departure.
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