Brunei is one of the smallest countries on earth. It is two tiny slivers of land lodged in the northern coast of Sarawak in Malaysia. Brunei has some of the largest oil fields in Southeast Asia and also one of the wealthiest rulers on earth. It also boasts some of the best primary rainforests in Borneo.
The earliest recorded references to Brunei were in documents regarding China’s trading connections with “Puni” in the 6th century AD during the Tang dynasty. In 1838, British adventurer James Brooke assisted the then sultan to quell a rebellion from the warlike island tribes. Following this victory, the Sultan granted power to Brooke over a small part of Sarawak.
Brooke appointed himself Raja Brooke and pacified the native people; he also destroyed the much feared Borneo pirates and forced a series of “treaties” onto the sultan. By 1890, the country was divided in half and that situation exists today.
No trip to Brunei would be complete without visiting some of the national sites, museums and restaurants, some places you should ensure you visit are:
- Malay Technology Museum
- Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque
- Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque
- Pasar Gadong
- Brunei Museum
- Ayamku Restaurant
- Hau Hau
- Oil and Gas Gallery
- Arts & Handicraft Center
- Taman Peranginan
- Hajah Halima Restaurant
- Twelve Roof House
These are just a few of the many places you should ensure you visit whenever you visit Brunei. By no means is this a complete list of all the exciting sites or places you can see some you can find out on your own or from the local guides.
Getting There And Away
You have three options to get to Brunei, air, land or sea. Dependent on where exactly you are coming from, you may have to travel by all three. You can check with your local airline and also a travel agent on the best way to get to this beautiful country.
When To Go
Brunei enjoys warm to hot weather all year round, heavy rainfalls are generally from September to January.