Wedged between two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo, Brunei is as exotic and unexplored as its name implies. Despite the fact that oil has made it the richest sultanate in the world, the friendly water-villagers of Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital, maintain their traditional values, living in stilted houses on the river. Only the TV antennae, the huge golden-domed mosque and the sultan´s opulent 1,000-room palace reveal the vast wealth that this tiny jungle nation enjoys.
From mountain biking, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, sport fishing, wreck and reef diving in the South China Sea, to jungle hiking on well-maintained trails, the ecotourism and adventure options in Brunei are endless.
The local currency is the Brunei Dollar (BND).