Brunei

Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace

Being a member of the richest countries in the world and covered with equatorial forests, the sultanate of Brunei enjoys a tropical, wet and hot climate all the year.

Brunei could not be necessarily a place which you make it as a part of your visit, but you can possibly include it in your journey plan if you travel to Malaysia or Singapore.

The temperatures are generally between 22 and 32 °. From September till January you find the rainy season, followed by dry period between February and April. Haze is often present at dawn because of swamps.

The best season to go is naturally during the dry season there, but it can be also interesting to be at the end of the Ramadan there (between November and December) because on this occasion Sultan allows his people and also foreigners to entre to his palace.

The capital, Bandar Seri Begawan, lakeside city does not miss charm with its wooden houses on piles, between them you will circulate with motorboats. Its mosque with a golden dome will allow you from top of its minaret to have in view the entire city.

Places of interest:

The palace of the Sultan of Brunei, the biggest palace in the world
Pesar Gadong night market
Ulu Temburong National Park
Brunei National Museum
Mosque Jame Asr Hassanal Bolkiah

Going to Brunei:

You must have a valid passport and visa if you stay more than 14 days in country.

The currency is Brunei dollar (BND).

You can get to Brunei by plane directly from London, or passing through Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong and Bali.

On the spot, there is a bus station in the center of Bangar Seri Begawan: several bus lines serve the various districts of the city. Also taxis are numerous and fairly cheap.

Prices are generally the same order as those given in west, except for the food, which is little expensive and but with a very good level: specialties of Malay, Chinese or Indonesian origin, local tropical fruits, you will find necessarily something in your taste on your way (on open-air markets) or in fast food Asian. You can eat a very great meal for less than 10 €. On the other hand, a room will cost you more than 50 € in one of the hotels from the average luxury center.

If you wish to bring back a souvenir, the small local crafts is rather rich: jewelry in copper and silver, sarong, wooden boxes, gongs, spices…

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