BRUNEI: Travel Guide to the Abode of Peace
In this Brunei Travel Guide, you will find all the information you might need to plan your trip to this tiny Asian sultanate: the best places to see in Brunei, how to move around, where to stay, what to pack and, of course, some curiosities that will enrich your visit.
Pristine Tropical Jungle, Golden Roofs, Calmness and
The Most Extravagant Head of State of All!
Negara Brunei Darussalam is a tiny and wealthy sultanate located in Northern Borneo, which name translates into “The Abode of Peace”.
Extremely safe, clean, friendly and peaceful, Brunei is a place where an underlying South-East Asian culture has been strongly shaped by Muslim values. This mix is what makes this place unique and fascinating, but also perplexing and heartbreaking at times.
Most people, might find it hard to pin-point Brunei’s location on a map, and indeed, Brunei has never been a touristy destination. As a matter of fact, during the whole 2019, less than 250k tourists came visit the country.
Boasting a remarkably thriving economy based on fossil fuels extraction, sure enough Brunei never showed a strong interest (and need) in increasing the touristic inflow and thus, it maintained itself off the radar till very recently.
Is Brunei for you?
Despite the poor marketing, the micro-nation of Brunei became in recent years an intriguing SE-Asian destination for a short getaway (it takes between 3-4 days to visit most of the country hotspots).
The main attractions of Brunei are the world’s largest village on stilts, the breath-taking canopy walk of the Ulu Temburong National Park and the gigantic golden mosques.
All summed up with surprisingly cheap prices and an unique culture, make Brunei a worth-seeing destination if you are in travelling in the region.
QUICK FACTS ABOUT BRUNEI
Capital City: Bandar Seri Begawan
Population: 429.000 people
Currency: The official currency of Brunei is the Brunei Dollar which exchanges 1:1 with the Singapore Dollar.
Language Spoken: Malay is the official language of Brunei. Most of the population has a knowledge of English that ranges from rudimentary to fluent.
Plugs: Type G. Brunei operates on a 240V supply voltage and 50Hz.
Safety: Brunei is an extremely safe country where theft and violent crimes are almost unheard of. Being a Muslim country, public shows of affections (both hetero and especially homosexual) are to be avoided.
Credit Cards & ATMs: ATMs are widely available and should not be a problem to withdraw whenever you need to.
Internet: Coverage is excellent across the whole country and almost all accommodation offer free Wi-Fi.
“As a small country, both in size and population,
our future hinges on the quality of our people”
Haji Hassanal Bolkiah- Sultan of Brunei
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