Flying coffins of Brunei


Ratings*** The name itself should entice you to take a ride

Officially they are called water taxis. Unofficially, people call them flying coffins for the way the motor boats zip around the river and also because of its shape. Visitors to Bandar Seri Begawan can’t miss them, as these water taxis are numerous and are used to ferry people living in Kampung Ayer (water village) across the Brunei River to town and back. It costs about B$1 for a short trip across the river. Besides these “flying coffins”, larger boats that can seat about 20 people are also used as transportation.




  1. Anonymous said,

    January 25, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    The flying coffin is the speed boat that operates for passengers traveling from town to Temburong, the boat itself is fully covered like a yacht and travel at high speed . Its was referred to flying coffin cause the speed it travel and not much of a safety if anything happens you will be trapped inside, usually packed around 10 to 15 people. Unlike the water taxi or “perahu tambang” in malay its quite safe open air travel boat and doesn’t really need the speed to reach their destination

    • losttraveller said,

      January 25, 2011 at 10:31 PM

      I see. Thank you for the information.

    • November 22, 2016 at 3:00 AM

      +1 to your comment. I worked, and lived in Brunei in the mid ’80’s. The flying coffins were the express boats for river travel. Typically powered by 3 x 200 horsepower outboards, lots of fuel, 2 engines running in the cruise, with the 3rd in reserve.



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