BRUNEI TRAVEL GUIDE
Brunei Darussalam on the island of Borneo is the closest South East Asia comes to Utopia. It’s a land of sandy beaches, forests, rivers- and no taxes. Although it’s one of the smallest countries, the Sultanate of Brunei is one of the richest nations in Asia. The Sultan of Brunei is the world’s richest monarch; the people have the highest per capita incomes in the world; there are no personal taxes; healthcare and education are free, and houses and cars are subsidised. Sounds too good to be true?
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BRUNEI QUICK FACTS
- Capital: Bandar Seri Begawan
- Government: Absolute Monarchy
- Currency : Bruneian dollar (BND) (pegged 1:1 with the Singapore dollar, SGD)
- Area: 5,765km²
- Population: 428 962 (2018)
- Language: Malay (official), English (recognised)
- Religion: Muslim (official) 67%, Buddhist 13%, Christian 10%, indigenous beliefs and other 10%
- Electricity: 240V, 50Hz (UK plug)
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BRUNEI PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 23 February, National Day
- 31 May, Royal Brunei Armed Forces Day
- 15 July, His Majesty the Sultan’s Birthday
Also, Chinese New Year, Muharram, Maulid an-Nabi, Isra Mikraj, Ramadan, Laylat al-Qadr, Eid al-Fitr, and Eid al-Adha.
BRUNEI WEATHER SYNOPSIS
Brunei Darussalam has an equatorial climate influenced by the monsoon systems known as northeast monsoon and southwest monsoon. The country generally experiences wet and hot conditions throughout the year with average annual rainfall of 3,000 mm and mean daily temperature of 28.04°C between 2010 and 2014
SPORT & ACTIVITIES
HIKING & CYCLING IN BRUNEI
The best time for outdoor activities in Brunei is between January and May when the weather is fairly dry, but not too hot. June to August is the peak tourist season, but it is incredibly hot! The rainy season is from September to December and it may not be possible to travel to some of the more isolated places.
BEACH OPTIONS IN BRUNEI
With just over 160km of coastline, Brunei has everything from activity-based beaches like Muara Beach to untouched, peaceful beaches like Tungku Beach. The best time to visit Brunei is between January and May when the weather is fairly dry, but not too hot. Although June to August is the peak tourist season, but it is incredibly hot! The rainy season is from September to December. Be sure to check out these beaches: Muara Beach, Meragang Beach, Berakas Beach, Tungku Beach, Jerudong Beach, Seri Kenangan Beach & Tanjong Batu Beach.
SURFING IN BRUNEI
The best time of year for surfing in Brunei is during the summer months of June to August and sometimes into September. Surf spots can be found at Tungku Beach, Tanjung Batu & Berakas Coastal Park.
KITESURF IN BRUNEI
Although not a particular kitesurfing destination, you can find good conditions for kiting in Brunei from December to March. There are kitesurfing spots at Berakas and Merangang.
HEALTH RISKS IN BRUNEI
Be aware of possible health risks in
Dengue - Dengue is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. About one in four people infected with dengue will get sick. For people who get sick with dengue, symptoms can be mild or severe.