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Brunei Tour – The Last Malay Kingdom

Brunei Tour Guide:

The sultan’s land of resplendent mosques and lush rainforests enjoys a high standard of living. Visit all five major regions in this comprehensive tour inside the last of the grand Malay kingdoms.

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  • including insider tips, maps and directions
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  • and tons of photos because 'a picture is worth 1000 words'
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Brunei Tour; The small country of Brunei is located in steamy Southeast Asia on the northern coast of Borneo, the third largest island in the world. The South China Sea makes up the northern coastline. By land, Brunei is completely bordered by the Malaysian state of Sarawak. The Indonesian state of Kalimantan encompasses the southern two thirds of Borneo. The sovereign nation of Brunei is a land of resplendent mosques and lush rainforests. It boasts a high standard of living, bolstered by the good fortune of having abundant petroleum deposits. There are five major regions of Brunei and we will visit them all in this comprehensive tour inside the last of the grand Malay kingdoms. Explore these and more with your expert personal guide, available 24/7 on your schedule!

Brunei Tour Highlights

  • The Sultan & His Brunei
  • Bandar Seri Begawan
  • Jerudong
  • Tutong
  • Seria
  • Temburong
Transportation By Car
Specialty City/Town, Historical/Heritage
Tour Type Guided Tour – play before & while you tour
And much much more…


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Tips

  • The most celebrated time of the year for Brunei citizens is at the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, or Hari-raya. The end of Ramadan is also the time when the sultan and the royal family open their private residence to all Brunei citizens. The sultan himself shakes hands with everyone, without gloves on, welcoming guests with his utmost respect. The 29th Sultan, Hassanal Bolkiah, his family, and their attendants greet all subjects as they enter the massive complex of 1788 rooms, the largest residential palace in the world. Be sure to plan your visit with Ramadan in mind, as hotel vacancies in Bandar Seri Begawan will be limited.
  • Alcohol is not sold in Brunei, but individual foreign visitors may bring through customs a 12-pack of beer, along with two bottles of spirits. A separate customs form must be filled out at the point of entry declaring any alcoholic products. While drinking is not taboo, it is recommended for those who must imbibe do so behind closed doors, such as in a hotel room. Drinking in public is not allowed.
  • The Brunei dollar (BND) has been the currency of the sultanate of Brunei since 1967. One dollar is divided into 100 cents, in the same division as the United States dollar (USD). The Brunei dollar is pegged together with the Singapore dollar (SGD) at a 1:1 ratio, mostly because Singapore is one of Brunei's major trading partners. To find the value of the Brunei dollar find a conversion for the Singapore dollar and compare the currency you will be converting. Basically, Brunei prices are a little less than the prices people would pay in Europe or the United States. The reward is virtually no crime and a well-developed infrastructure, especially by Southeast Asian standards.
  • The sultan of Brunei is the head of state and he maintains total executive authority, including the ability to issue emergency powers. He also has direct control of the military, energy, finance, and other key governmental offices. Thus, the Royal family retains a venerated status within the country. Press criticism of the government and monarchy is rare. Visitors to the country are considered guests and should not publicly be critical of the government or the monarchy.
  • Brunei is comparable in size to the U.S. state of Delaware, and is about 10 times the land area of Singapore. Although small, Brunei packs a punch and it is advisable to book a tour guide who can take you directly to all the sites. Most will provide English speaking drivers who know the best locations, contacts, and directions. I used Intrepid Tours and they offered excellent service. For those who seek a home stay in Brunei, which will be discussed, it is best to contact the owner direct. The prices per night are reasonable, about $50 BND, and meals are usually included.

Brad Olsen

Brad Olsen is a Contributing Editor for World Explorer magazine and has written several guide books. His seventh, 'Sacred Places Europe: 108 Destinations,' was released in March, 2007. The second edition of "Sacred Places North America: 108 Destinations" was released in 2008 and won the "Best Travel Guide for Planet Earth" Award in 2010. Brad's commentaries have appeared on National Public Radio, CNN and the Travel Channel. He enjoys extended global travel (particularly to exotic locations), and public speaking on the subject of sacred places.

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"Even though I am a local, I thoroughly enjoyed visiting and learning more about the history of the landmarks. The author's interest in the area comes through in his engaging style of writing. Being able to complete the tour at my own pace made it even
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"When the conference ended, I stayed in town on my own and used T4M's self-guided tour to decide which things in town I wanted to visit and what to see/do there. The guide was right every step of the way. Bottom line, this guide helped me make the most of my time in town."
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