Brunei is located in Southeast Asia, bordering the South China Sea and Malaysia. Tiny oil-rich Brunei occupies a mere 2,200 square miles in the northwest of Borneo. The same family has ruled the country for 600 years.
There’s plenty to do in Brunei for three days, although anything much longer might be a stretch. In the capital, Bandar Seri Begawan (known as BSB), the shopping is out of this world. Brunei’s citizens, with free education, free health care, free pensions, subsidized housing, and low taxes have one of the highest per capita disposable incomes in Asia, and two glittery malls and a host of upscale boutiques provide plenty of things to splurge on.
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- Population: 415,717 (July 2013 est.)
- Capital City: Bandar Seri Begawan
- Climate: Tropical; hot, humid, rainy
- Time Zone: UTC+8 (13 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
It’s a jungle out there. A jungle of macaques, proboscis monkeys, pygmy elephants, and the mouse deer, which is a little bigger than a rabbit. Pythons, hornbills, bee-eaters, carnivorous pitcher plants. Lazy brown rivers and crocodiles. Hundreds of orchid species. And the “People of the Forest.”
Although still steamily exotic, Malaysian Borneo has turned into a realistic expat option. (The world’s third largest island, Borneo is shared by Malaysia, Brunei, and Indonesia.) A local real estate contact, Mr. Chong, says his foreign clients include Brits, Australians, and Koreans. One legacy from colonial times is that almost everyone speaks English. Malaysian Borneo […]
International Living Postcards–your daily escape Friday, Jan. 20, 2006 Roscommon, Ireland After clocking up hundreds of thousands of air miles, trampingthe world on your behalf, Steenie has a few favorites. Verticalphotos, clockwise from top left: Andalucia; Buenos Aires;Borneo; Wat Phrathat in Thailand. Horizontal photos, fromthe top: The “Pink House” in Argentina; Knossos on Crete;elephant trekking […]
The Omar Ali Saifuddien mosque, built of Italian marble, gold mosaic, and English stained glass, and named for the former sultan of Brunei, whose sons do their best to out-spend each other. International Living Postcards– your daily escape Monday, March 6, 2006 Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Dear International Living Reader, The foyer of my suite […]
International Living Postcards– your daily escape Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007 Each year we consider every nation on earth on behalf of the would-be expatriate. This year our Quality of Life Index looks at 193 countries. For each country, we consider: Cost of Living, Culture and Leisure, Economy, Environment, Freedom, Health, Infrastructure, Safety and Risk, and […]