Brunei

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Thanks to its extensive petroleum and natural gas fields, Brunei is one of the wealthiest nations and a developed Southeast Asian country. It is not a very touristy place however, now its government is promoting ecotourism, adventure tourism and Islamic tourism.

Useful info:

Currency: Brunei dollar, you can get it from its international airport.

Language: Official language is Malay, but a considerable number of people speak English.

Visa: Pakistanis need to arrange a visa before their departure. I luckily got a transit visa on arrival once, however, was not entertained the 2nd time as the immigration officers informed me that the rules had been changed.

Climate: The climate of Brunei is tropical equatorial meaning that temperature remains relatively constant throughout the year

Trivia: Brunei has a public debt at 0% of the national GDP.

Food:

Being an Islamic country, halal food is available everywhere. A visit to Gadong Night Market is a must, it offers local food and cheap prices.

Transportation:

Brunei has an excellent infrastructure of roads and transport, the country is accessible by road, by sea and by air. Its primary airport is Brunei International Airport in the capital city of Bandar Seri Begawan, it is relatively small, but it is being renovated and expanded. Taxis and buses are cheaper as fuel prices are quietly affordable in the country.

Accommodations:

If you are planning to stay in Bandar Seri Begawan, it has a sufficient number of hotels starting from 50US$ and if you want to try a luxurious experience then head to Empire Hotel and country club. It is dubbed as 7-star hotel and offers fantastic views of South China Sea. There are many listing available on Airbnb as well (use this link to get 25$ off).

You can also check other travel resources which will help you plan your trip better.

You can also check other travel resources which will help you plan your trip better.

Nightlife:

There is no nightlife in context of Western culture as there are no bars or clubs. However you can explore Gadong Night Market.

To Go or Not To Go:

If you are transiting through country then definitely it is worth spending a day or two. However, there’s no point in making a trip only to visit Brunei.