Brunei

Brunei is a tiny nation of only 375,000 citizens on the island of Borneo, which this city-state shares with Malaysia and Indonesia. Brunei is cut into two slices; the Temburong district to the east is separated from the rest of Brunei, and surrounded by Malaysia. 

Brunei has some of the largest oil fields in all of Southeast Asia, making it home to one of the wealthiest rulers on the planet. The Sultan of Brunei has assets of around US$ 40 billion and lives in a 1,700-room palace with a garage for 110 cars. His family has ruled Brunei for over 600 years. Travelers to Brunei can glimpse his palace from the road, but the best views are from the water. The Bruneian Empire was founded in the 7th century, and during the rule of Emperor Bolkiah it reached as far away as the Philippines.

In Brunei, Malay, Chinese and English are the main languages. About two-thirds of the population is Muslim, and alcohol is banned by law. Ten percent of the people are Christian and the remainder are Buddhist and Animist. 

Brunei is a tiny nation of only 375,000 citizens on the island of Borneo, which this city-state shares with Malaysia and Indonesia. Brunei is cut into two slices; the Temburong district to the east is separated from the rest of Brunei, and surrounded by Malaysia. 

Brunei has some of the largest oil fields in all of Southeast Asia, making it home to one of the wealthiest rulers on the planet. The Sultan of Brunei has assets of around US$ 40 billion and lives in a 1,700-room palace with a garage for 110 cars. His family has ruled Brunei for over 600 years. Travelers to Brunei can glimpse his palace from the road, but the best views are from the water. The Bruneian Empire was founded in the 7th century, and during the rule of Emperor Bolkiah it reached as far away as the Philippines.

In Brunei, Malay, Chinese and English are the main languages. About two-thirds of the population is Muslim, and alcohol is banned by law. Ten percent of the people are Christian and the remainder are Buddhist and Animist. 

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City on Stilts: A Journey through Kampong Ayer

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With more than 40,000 residents and just moments from Bornean rainforest, Kampong Ayer in Brunei is less of a water village and more of a city on stilts.

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Brunei isn't a large country, and using the capital as your travel base allows visitors to see the best of the nation's hotels, nature, and diving.

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5 Animals to Look for in Brunei

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Brunei is one of Southeast Asia’s better-kept tourism secrets, steeped in a rich history and tropical beauty. The wildlife isn't easy to find, but it is more than worthy of the search.

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A Day in Brunei – the Smiling Sultanate

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Brunei may not be the most exciting destination with no bars or nightlife, but for a short visit it offers plenty to do and see and its people are amongst Asia's friendliest.

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