The Island of Borneo is divided between three countries: Malaysia in the north, Indonesia in the south, and the tiny sultanate of Brunei nestled in the jungle, on the Malay part of the island. The Sultan has exclusive authority and control over the government’s assets. It is an oil rich nation and is considered a developed country, although you and I may disagree. It is also an Islamic country, and a very proud one, so do consider this when packing. I had absolutely no issues as a woman travelling along, I found people to be quite friendly and respectful
Darusalam, the capital city, is easy to see by foot. I Stayed at the Radisson blu, and highly recommend it. It has a lovely pool to relax and the service was faultless. Sure enough, there are some other options… not that many though.
Start at Regalia Museum, pretty much a posh depot for the sultan to store his treasures and show them to the world. The main attraction is the, in which the current sultan was carried around the city when he was crowned. There are also gifts from other countries, and a wide range of pictures of the sultan in a variety of settings. I apologize for only being able to provide a picture of the outside of the museum, but cameras are not allowed into the museum, not even cell phones.
As mentioned before, Brunei is an Islamic state, and a very religious one. There are two main mosques: The new mosque and the old mosque
both mosques from the river