Brunei Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Brunei

Where is it?: Brunei is in southeastern Asia, bordering the South China Sea and Malaysia.

Why do people go here?: Most people have never heard of Brunei, which is sandwiched between Malaysia. Outside of the capital, expect a countryside that has little modernization. Brunei is one country that sees few travelers – more the reason to come.

What are the main entry points?: Most travelers enter via Bandar Seri Begawan. They can also take a ferry between Bandar Seri Begawan and Lawas and Limbang in Sarawak. On bus, you can travel from Mirir to Sarawak.

Currency used: Brunei dollar

Country Code for Phones: 673

Area codes for Major Cities: Bandar Seri Begawan 2

Religion: Muslim (official) 67%, Buddhist 13%, Christian 10%, indigenous beliefs and other 10%

Population: 400,000

Ethnic Groups: Malay 66.3%, Chinese 11.2%, Indigenous 3.4%, Other 19.1%

Government: Islamic Absolute Monarchy

Languages: Malay (official), English, Chinese

Travel Information

Major Cities: Bandar Seri Begawan

Attractions: Pulau Ranggu, Peradayan Forest Reserve

Accomodation: Brunei Hostels

Tourism Office locations and links: Brunei Tourism Office

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Wasai Kandal

Health Issues: Slight risk of Dengue Fever

Tips for Visiting

When to go: Travelers visit Brunei

Common Phrases: Salamat pagi=Good morning; Salamat tengah-hari=Good afternoon;Salamat malam= good night; Salamat tinggal= Goodbye; Terima kasih=Thank you; Gerai nuan?=How are you?

Specific Events/Holidays: Dates of religious festivals are based on the Islamic calendar, which are not fixed, Brunei’s National Day: 23 February.

Getting Around: It’s easy to get around Brunei. Bus, car and taxi seems to be easy and reliable.

Good to know: Brunei has one of the highest per capita incomes in the world.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The main airport for travelers taking flights to Brunei is the Brunei International Airport

Need more information?: Check out the Brunei travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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