The Sultanate of Brunei is a small pocket located in between Sabah and Sarawak, known for its wealth thanks to the largest oilfields in South East Asia.
It has one of the highest standards of living in the world and more than half of the country’s population lives in and around the capital of Bandar Seri Begawan. Brunei’s dense rainforests cover 75% of the country and remain relatively untouched while mangrove swamps cover much of the remainder, making it a pleasantly lush and verdant place to visit.
A nature lover’s paradise, Brunei enjoys year-round moderate temperatures with relatively high humidity. It’s the abundance of pristine rainforest and its many scenic river systems that make this a great place to enjoy bird watching and monkey spotting. Visit the Ulu Temburong National Park where you can do a canopy walk, swim in the refreshing waters of Sungai Temburong or take a jungle walk, looking out for 400 different kinds of butterflies that can be found in the forest.
With some interesting architecture around the city, a highlight is the spectacular Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque – built in 1992 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the current Sultan’s reign. It looks especially magnificent at night when it’s lit up and glowing gold. Another grand looking mosque, visible from most of the city, is the Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque. Lavish inside, it features a 3.5 million-piece Venetian mosaic inside the main dome.
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