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.
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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 […]