Brunei is a country of tranquil mosques, pristine jungle, and friendly inhabitants. It is noted for ecotourism and cultural, heritage and Islamic tourism.
The description of an “oil-rich sultanate” might conjure the images of Dubai or Qatar, but travellers with such expectations will likely to be disappointed. Brunei does not have much in terms of grandiose man-made attractions, and although excellent diving and jungle trekking are available, it does not have mind-blowing natural parks as the neighbour Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak do. Many people that visit Brunei actually do so only for the sake of “country collection” or “passport stamp collection”.
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Water sports like kayaking, rafting, and fishing can be enjoyed in rivers and lakes throughout the country. Additionally, skiing and snowboarding are available in the winter months in the ski resorts of the Andes.
The culture of Brunei is predominantly Malay (reflecting its ethnicity), with heavy influences from Islam, but is seen as much more conservative than Indonesia and Malaysia. As a Sharia country, the sale and public consumption of alcohol is banned.
*Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque (map) in Brunei’s capital, Bandar Seri Begawan. *Brunei Museum (map), Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque (map), *Kampong Ayer (map) in Bandar Seri Begawan.
*Brunei International Airport is the main entry point to the country.