A heavily-forested kingdom state in Southeast Asia, the tiny kingdom of Brunei has one of the highest standards of living in the world thanks to its rich natural gas and petroleum resources.
Lavish seven-star hotels, amazing mosques, the royal palace of Istana Nurul Iman, water sports, low crime rate, excellent medical services, idyllic beaches.
Hot and humid weather year round, alcohol is illegal, lack of budget hotels, severe punishment for offences, risk of tropical diseases.
high season: June to November
low season: December to March
US/Can: on-arrival (90 / 14 days)
EU/UK: on-arrival (14 / 30 days)
Aus/NZ: on-arrival (14 / 30 days)
Electricity: 220-240V 50Hz
3-square Pin Plug
Money: Brunei Dollar
1US$ = 1.46 B$
Phone: ICC (+673) Outgoing: 00
Once a British colony, Brunei is today a unique tourist destination where you can rub shoulders with ex-pat oil workers and orangutans. Located on the island of Borneo and bordering the Malaysian state of Sarawak, this city-sized country boasts a long-recorded history and unique culture.
A number of parks, lakes and countless architectural wonders including the gleaming gold dome of Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque all add an interesting tourist spin to Brunei. The capital, Bandar Seri Begawan, has more than just beautiful mosques, however. It features a lively amusement park on its western outskirts and acts as a gateway to the port town of Muara and the oil towns of Seria and Kuala Belait.
It is not the cities and towns that visitors come here for but the Temburong eco-tours and longhouse stays. Rainforest covers Belalong National Park, and here visitors can walk among the trees on the canopy walk before learning more about the huge insects and other wildlife that call the forest home at the research center.
If you've never been to Brunei then a good introduction is our Brunei Tourism page which gives an introduction to the country and an overview of all the essential travel, visa, health, safety and itinerary information needed by first-time travelers.
Brunei’s sole airport, Brunei International Airport is located in the capital city of Bandar Seri Begawan and handles all international air travel to the country. Royal Brunei Airlines is the main carrier, with flights arriving from numerous destinations in the region.
With traveling to Brunei needing multiple connections from Europe and North America, flight times can be long. Flying in from Los Angeles typically takes 18 hours, from New York up to 24 hours and from Europe approximately 15 hours.
The most commonly used border crossings into Brunei are at Puni/Limbang and Labu/Lawas. There are also crossings into Malaysia at Sungai Tujoh/Miri Sarawak and Kuala Lurah/Limbang.