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General Information on Brunei Darussalam

The official name for Brunei is Negara Brunei Darussalam (i.e. ‘Negara Brunei’ - the state of Brunei, and ‘Darussalam’ - Abode of Peace). The capital city, Bandar Seri Begawan is the centre of Brunei’s commerce, finance and government. In many ways, it is also the heart of Brunei’s cultural landscape, housing some of the nation’s most revered landmarks.

Brunei Darussalam is an oil and gas (LNG) exporter. Recognising that oil and gas are non-renewable commodities, the country is now embarking on a diversification programme. The non-oil sectors of the economy include manufacturing, services and trade, fishing, agriculture and tourism.

Transportation: The airport is about 11 kilometres from the capital. Taxis, car rentals and buses are available. 

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Currency: The Brunei dollar is on a par with the Singapore dollar, which is also accepted in Brunei. Banks, hotels and many department stores will cash traveller’s cheques. Some banks provide automated tellers linked to global access systems.

Clothing: Light clothing is advisable as the climate is generally warm and humid. Women are asked to dress modestly in keeping with local custom. 

Language: Malay is the official language but English is widely used. Other languages include Chinese and its dialect variants and other indigenous dialects. Although the official religion is Islam, other faiths including Christianity and Buddhism are practised.

Places to Visit

Kampong Ayer
Kampong Ayer is a national heritage and efforts are being made to preserve this lifestyle so that the legacy of the 'water' people of Brunei will be retained, not only as a tourist attraction, but also for the future generation of Brunei.
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien MosqueThis is one of the most magnificent mosques in Southeast Asia. Built in 1958 as a symbol of the Sultanate's faith, the mosque which bears the name of the Sultan who built it, features resplendent marble and granite floors, stained glass and chandeliers from all over the world
The Royal Regalia MuseumBuilt to commemorate the 1992 Silver Jubilee of His Majesty's ascension to the throne, this ornate building with a distinctively gilded dome holds a veritable collection of precious ceremonial regalia.

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