Overview

Country Overview : Brunei is a small coastal state just 443km (277 miles) north of the equator in the northwest corner of Borneo, bounded on all landward sides by Sarawak (Malaysia), which splits Brunei into two parts. The landscape is mainly equatorial jungle cut by rivers. It is a heavily forested state, and most human activity is restricted mainly either to coastal areas or estuaries. There are beaches with facilities at Kuala Belait, Lumut Beach near Tutong and at Muara. Tourist sights in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital, include the minaret crowning the golden-domed Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque and the Churchill Memorial, incorporating the Churchill Museum and Aquarium. Outside the capital, it is possible to travel upriver to visit village settlements, such as the Kampong Parit Resort. Kampong Ayer, a water village, is reputed to be the largest collection of stilt habitations in the world. Local food is similar to Malay cuisine with fresh fish and rice and is often quite spicy. Alcohol is prohibited.



Area
5765 sq km (2226 sq miles).



Geography
Brunei is a small coastal state just 443km (277 miles) north of the equator in the northwest corner of Borneo, bordered on all landward sides by Sarawak (Malaysia), which splits Brunei into two parts. The landscape is mainly equatorial jungle cut by rivers. Most settlements are situated at estuaries. The state is made up of four districts: Brunei-Muara (the capital district), Tutong and Belait (Brunei’s centre of oil and gas exploitation, in the west of the country); and Temburong, the eastern district, which has large areas of virgin rainforest. The islands in Brunei Bay fall within the Brunei-Muara or Temburong districts.



Capital
Bandar Seri Begawan. Population: 50,000 (official estimate 1995).



Government
Traditional Islamic monarchy. Gained independence from the UK in 1959. Head of State and Government : Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah since 1967.



Language
Malay is the official language. English is widely used and Chinese dialects are also spoken.



Religion
Most of the Malay population are Sunni Muslims. There are also significant Buddhist, Confucian, Daoist and Christian minorities.



Time
GMT + 8.
Electricity : 220/240 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are either round or square three-pin.



Population
Population : 338,000 (official estimate 2000)., Population Density : 58.6 per sq km.



Communications
Telephone : Full IDD is available. Country code: 673. Outgoing international code: 00. Public telephones are available in most post office branches and main shopping areas and there is a private internal service. There are both coin and card operated public telephones in Brunei. Telephone cards can be obtained at post offices or at the Telecom office.

Mobile telephone :
GSM 900 network. Main operators include DST Communications Sdn Bhd (website : http://www.dst-group.com). There is good coverage around main cities and business areas, particularly in the northwest.

Internet :
ISPs include BruNet (website : http://www.brunet.bn). A wireless network supporting ISDN lines is being launched, initially in the Rimba-Gadong area.

Telegram : Facilities are available from the government telecommunications office in Bandar Seri Begawan.

Post : Airmail letters to Europe take 2 to 5 days. Registered, recorded and express postal services (‘Speedpost’) are all available. Post office opening hours: Mon-Thurs 0745-1630.

Press : The only independent English-language newspaper is the daily Borneo Bulletin. News Express is also published daily. The Government publishes a Daily News Digest and a fortnightly Brunei Darussalam Newsletter, both in English.

Radio :
BBC World Service (website : http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice) and Voice of America (website : http://www.voa.gov) can be received. From time to time the frequencies change and the most up-to-date can be found online.

Back to the Top 

 

Information provided by Brunei Tourism Board.

 

Home | Bhutan | Brunei | Cambodia | China-Yunnan | East Timor | Hong Kong | India | Indonesia | Japan | Kazakstan | Korea | Kyrgystan | Laos | Malaysia Maldives | Mongolia | Myanmar | Nepal | Pakistan | Philippines | Singapore | Sri Lanka | Tajikistan | Taiwan | Thailand | Tibet | Turkmenistan | Vietnam Uzbekistan

 

Website partner : Asia-planet.com...Tours and Hotels around Asia.
Version Francaise : Planete-asie.com

Copyright © 2002 Orasia co.,ltd. (Asia-planet.net) All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission prohibited.