Local name: Brunei Darussalam

Brunei is a tiny nation in the north of the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. It’s less than 6000 km2 in size. Because the earth here is rich in natural gas and oil, it is one of the richest nations on earth.

That doesn’t just benefit its inhabitants, but also the rainforest that covers most of the country. Its natural gas and oil provide plenty of income for the country, so they don’t need to cut down the rain forests for agricultural exploits.

It’s a great destination to explore if you’re on the island of Borneo anyway. It’s easy to get to by boat or plane and traveling around the country itself is also quite easy. There is a good bus network in Brunei.

There are a few nice attractions in the capital, Bandar Seri Begawan, which are all quite close to each other and worth a visit. One of those is the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin mosque, in which you’ll feel like you’ve stepped straight into a scene from the book Arabian Nights.

You can take a boat tour to the town of Kampung Ayer (literally means ‘water village). It’s a stilt village about 8 kilometres in size, and has been home to about 30.000 people for thousands of years.

You can take some great hikes around the country, including one to Brunei’s highest mountain, Pukit Pagon, which is 1.850 metres high.