Brunei Darussalam overview
Brunei Darussalam is one of the smallest nations in the world, but also one of the richest in natural resources. Located on the northeastern coast of Borneo, Brunei greets travellers with unexpected warmth and unforgettable attractions. Spend a few days in the capital city of Bandar Seri Begawan, or take an inspiring adventure into Brunei Darussalam’s undisturbed rainforests.
Brunei Darussalam has been blessed with an oil-rich maritime territory, making it a pocket-sized nation with enormous wealth. However, the capital city is unlike other lavish, oil-rich capitals such as Dubai, being quite a modest town.
First stop on your agenda should be the Sultan’s Royal Palace, Istana Nurul Iman, which is the largest palace in the world. Other attractions not to be missed include the Brunei Museum, Royal Regalia Museum, Jame’Asr Hassanal Bolkhia Mosque, and just outside the city, Taman Peranginan Tasek, an extensive parkland ideal for tranquil strolls and picnicking.
Beyond the capital city awaits a vast, almost untouched rainforest. The best way to see Brunei’s rainforests is by visiting Ulu Temburong National Park. Tourists can experience the abundance of flora and fauna, hike through the many jungle trails, enjoy a walk in the tree tops on the world’s longest canopy trek, and for real adventurers, embark upon a two-day walk to Bukit Belelong, protected as part of Belelong National Park.
Accommodation in Brunei Darussalam
Accommodation in Brunei Darussalam ranges from five-star luxury hotels to unrated hostels. Some of the more elegant hotels include the Sheraton Utama and Centrepoint Hotel, which have rates in line with top European hotels. Cheap to moderate lodges and guest houses are available, and suitable for those travellers desiring basic accommodation for a reasonable price.
Airports in Brunei Darussalam
Although Brunei Darussalam is only a small country, it has an extremely reliable and comfortable airline carrier, Royal Brunei Air. Travellers fly in and out of Brunei International Airport, which is only 10kms from the centre of Bandar Seri Begawan. Serasa Ferry Terminal received regular ferries from Sarawak, Malaysia.