facilities including a renowned golf course, seven restaurants and even its own cinema. Offi cially an alcohol-free country, tourists who
want to drink have to bring it with them. Visitors can bring up to two litres of wine or spirits and 12 cans of beer into the country for consumption in the privacy of their room. The compact city has mosques, malls and markets to explore and close by are miles of unspoilt, often deserted, beaches along 100 miles of coastline. The South China Sea is also home to many underwater attractions for scuba divers. Green and natural, 70 per cent of Brunei is
made up of tropical rainforest and this is its greatest draw. Ulu Temburong National Park represents a protected 50,000 acre section of this, set up for tourism with basic as well as comfortable accommodation, knowledgeable guides and loads of fun activities.
What sets Brunei’s rainforest apart is its accessibility. In less than two hours from your hotel in the capital, you can fi nd yourself racing along the river which winds its way through thick uninhabited jungle. To fi nd out more, read on!
TOP TEN BRUNEI EXPERIENCES
* After a sumptuous massage, relax by one of the seven pools, at
the fi ve-star deluxe Empire Hotel and Country Club
* Get on top of the world and look down on one of the world’s oldest rainforests, at the Ulu Temburong canopy walkway
“Brunei has a unique purity. It’s unspoiled, in its phenomenal natural beauty, but also in the warmth and kindness of its people.” Andy Rae, STA Travel
“With short stopovers, passengers are missing out on Brunei’s full offering of golf, spas and adventure sports. Fantastic offers on Royal Brunei Airlines mean there is a potential for agents to increase their sales.” Carly Shave, Tailor Made Travel
* Bounce and twirl through the jungle river rapids in a rubber tube
* Taste the subtle, spice-infused Rendang,
a coconut milk-based curry of tender beef
* Join the elite in
Jerudong and ride a polo pony along the wooded beach
* Feel the wind in your hair and watch for saltwater crocodiles and proboscis monkeys, on a
boat trip through the Brunei River mangroves
WHO? Point couples in the direction of luxury accommodation like the Empire Hotel, tell families about the safe and friendly culture and make adventurers aware of Brunei’s unspoiled rainforest and you could soon fi nd you’ve sold a longer stopover and bagged some extra commission too.
* Tiptoe across the cool marble of the largest mosque in the country and peep into the
WHAT? This is surely Southeast Asia’s most mysterious destination. Wealthy Brunei is really quite alluring if you know what it has to offer: friendly people, rich culture and its mountain, rainforest and ocean which offer access to rare wildlife and fun, challenging activities.
WHEN? Brunei is hot and humid year-round, with average temperatures of 28C-32C. The wet season is from September to
January. February to August is the preferable time to book. However, Brunei’s equatorial climate means, its rain, although heavy, comes in short sharp bursts which won’t ruin the day.
WHERE? Brunei is located 443km north of the equator, in the north west corner of Borneo, surrounded by the Malaysian region of Sarawak. Borneo is split into Brunei, the Malaysian- owned provinces of
cavernous men’s prayer hall, where Bruneians in their best dress pray quietly
* Glide through the ghostly remnants of a sunken ship and search for
colourful sea creatures and vivid corals on a wreck dive
* Wander the wooden walkways of colourful water village Kampung Ayer and wave to the speedboats that zip along
* Push yourself, with a trek through rainforest, following the rock-strewn river to a pure waterfall
Sarawak and Sabah and the Indonesian-owned province of Kalimantan. Borneo contains an eco-system unlike anywhere else in the world and is home to some of the world’s oldest and most preserved rainforest.
WHY? Brunei offers unique contrasts to its neighbours: wild rainforest, rare animals and tribal culture; yet it is also a modern country founded on incredible wealth and still ruled by a revered Sultan,
whose golden mosques and palaces add an irresistible fairy-tale allure to the destination.
HOW? National carrier Royal Brunei Airlines operates daily services from London Heathrow’s Terminal 4, via Dubai to Brunei, with onward connections throughout Asia and to Melbourne. It offers a two-class confi guration of Economy and Business, with fi xed- shell inclined-fl at seats.
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