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Cheap Flights to Brunei

A small, wealthy, and charming country, the Sultanate of Brunei is situated in a lush tropical corner of Southeast Asia facing the South China Sea. Due to the wealth created by its massive oil fields, Brunei has been able to keep its rainforest intact. This makes it an interesting spot for ecotourism as well as exploring its traditional cultural heritage.

The people of Brunei are known for their friendliness, which may be due to their high standard of living. Brunei's wealth allows its subjects to enjoy free health care and education, along with assistance to make the Hajj to Mecca. Although the country is small, it boasts plenty of attractions to entice visitors. From the capital of Bandar Seri Begawan with its impressive architecture and shopping to the well-preserved rainforest habitat of the Ulu Temburong National Park, there are plenty of contrasts to contemplate.

Brunei's national airline, Royal Brunei Airlines, runs flights to most major Asian destinations, including Kuala Lumpur and Manila. Flights arrive at the airline's hub, Brunei International Airport just 10km outside of the capital's center. Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, and AirAsia also operate regular flights to Brunei. Foreign nationals of many countries can enter Brunei visa-free with a passport valid for at least 6 months and proof of onward travel, although the duration of the visit may vary. Citizens of the Philippines may enter for up to 14 days without a visa.

The capital city of Bandar Seri Begawan is worth visiting for its welcoming mosques and floating water village. Start your journey at the Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, which is surrounded by a serene reflecting pool and is open to visitors. The Royal Regalia Museum hosts an impressive display of the royal accessories and gifts received by the Sultan, while the Brunei Museum exhibits Islamic art and cultural artefacts. Take a water taxi tour of Kampung Ayer, Brunei's water village. The village's homes sit on stilts and appear to float on the water, creating a unique neighborhood to explore.

Admire the natural side of Brunei with a trip to the Ulu Temburong National Park, which sits in the heart of a lush protected rainforest habitat and is only accessible with a scenic boat journey. Pulau Selirong is a mangrove forest sanctuary at the northern end of Temburong, and is home to many native species including playful proboscis monkeys.

Did You Know?

•The Sultan of Brunei is one of the world's wealthiest men, with a personal fortune of roughly $20 billion USD. He owns hundreds of Rolls Royce and Ferraris, which help round out his collection of 2500 luxury cars; and lives in a palace containing 1,800 rooms and 290 bathrooms.

•Although Brunei has long been known for its relaxed atmosphere, this may change in 2014 as Sharia law is implemented. Stoning, flogging, and amputation will be the punishment for those who drink alcohol or commit adultery.

•The water surrounding Brunei is a wonderful place to view colorful coral reefs, mysterious shipwrecks, and curious fish. Unlike other sites in Southeast Asia, diving hasn't been overly developed here which allows you to see natural coral reef habitat in relatively untouched condition.

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