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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Weather in Brunei

The best time to visit Brunei is from February to April, when it is dry and not too hot.

  • The weather in Brunei is hot and humid. Average annual rainfall is about 98 in (2,500 mm) along the coast and more than 157 in (4,000 mm) in the jungle-cloaked interior.
  • The wettest months are October, November, December, and January, when average rainfall is over 12 in (300 mm), while the driest are February and March, when average rainfall is about 5 in (130 mm).
  • Temperatures are relatively constant. The average daily highs range from 86°F (30°C) in December and January to 90°F (32°C) or slightly higher from April to August. The average overnight low stays in an even narrower range, from 72°F (22°C) to 74°F (23°C), all year long.

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