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Officially called the Nation of Brunei, Abode of Peace - Negara
Brunei Darussalam, in Malay.
Countries neighbouring Brunei are: Malaysia
and Indonesia; or rather the Malaysian provinces of Sabah and
Sarawak, and Indonesian Borneo.
Brunei was once a sultanate with nominal authority over the whole
of Borneo and some of the lesser islands of The Philippines.
Although the Spanish captured the capital in 1580, they could not
control piracy in the region and were forced to leave.
In the mid 19th century the British, seeking to protect commerce
between Singapore and north-west Borneo, started operations against the pirate fleets and
eventually destroyed them.
James Brooke was granted Sarawak by the Sultan of Brunei, Omar Ali
Saifuddin II. The British army officer assumed the title of raja and gradually
extended his territory at the Sultan's expense.
Brunei became a British protectorate in 1888, although the sultan
remained in nominal authority.
Brunei became an independent sovereign country on January 1, 1984.
If you travel to Brunei from Sarawak, you
will pass Seria, where the first oilfields were discovered in 1929. Brunei owes most of
its health, social and welfare development to the enormous oil and gas reserves.
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The capital of Brunei was formerly called Brunei Town.
||A royal palace and one of the largest
mosques in Asia are notable attractions in the city.
When in Bandar Seri
Begawan, you can also visit the open air markets, and take a ride around Kampung Ayer, a
collection of water villages behind the mosque, on one of the many water taxi launches.
The Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque was named after
the 28th Sultan of Brunei. Designed by an Italian architect, the mosque was built in 1958.
The golden-domed structure is the tallest building in the city, and a
stone replica of a 16th-century barge rests in the Brunei River in front of the mosque.
The Istana Nurul Iman, the sultan's palace, is 4km out of town on the
other side of Jalan Tutong's Edinburgh Bridge. The Istana is only open to the public at
the end of Ramadam, but you can always drool at it from the front gates.
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Accommodation in Bandar Seri Begawan
Empire Hotel Country Club: Bandar Seri Begawan.
Empire Hotel Country Club.
|Overlooking the South China Sea, the Empire Hotel and Country Club sits
on 445 acres of beachfront estate; approximately 15 miles from Brunei International
All rooms have private balconies.
Hotel amenities include the floodlit 18-hole Jack
Nicklaus-designed championship golf course, 26-bay driving range, country club facilities,
full-service spa, floodlit sport courts (including tennis, badminton, and squash), fitness
centre, 10-pin bowling, billiards and snooker, 11,000-square-metre saltwater swimming
pool, 50-meter freeform swimming pool, kids' club, kids' pool (with waterslide), river
swimming pool, water sports, three cinema screens, and a 450-seat theatre.
On-site dining is available at the signature restaurant, Spaghettini (with fine Italian
fare), Pantai Restaurant (by the beach and poolside), Li Gong Chinese Restaurant, Atrium
Cafe (casual dining), and Bunker Cafe.
The official language of Brunei is Malay, but English is also used
for official purposes.
The majority of the people in Brunei are practising Muslims, with
Islam being the state religion.
The Government of
Latest official news and links to ministry websites from the Brunei Darussalam Prime
Tourism in Brunei
Brunei Darussalam's vision is to promote the country as a unique
tourist destination and gateway to tourism excellence in South East Asia.
Brunei Embassies Abroad
Embassy of Brunei Darussalam in
3520 International Court NW, Washington D.C. 20008.
Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah came to the
throne in 1967.
Calling itself the Malay Muslim Monarchy, in 1990, offended some of
Brunei's large Chinese population.
At the helm of the only remaining Malay Islamic Monarchy in the world,
the Sultan of Brunei comes from a family line that dates back over 600 years, to 1405.
His Majesty, The Sultan of Brunei's official residence is the Istana
Nurul Iman, which is also the country's seat of administration; he is, after all, also the
Prime Minister, Minister of Defence, and Minister of Finance.
Tour packages are based upon the outstanding cultural and environmental heritage of
Brunei, Sabah and Sarawak.
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