Just got back from Brunei having been pretty impressed by what it can offer as a Halal Friendly destination. Alcohol free environment, easy availability of Halal food, peaceful with rich Islamic traditions and unspoiled nature with 70% of Brunei covered by primary rainforest.
If you are looking beyond shopping, theme parks and overcrowded cities for your next holiday and would like spend your time enjoying a city with rich Islamic heritage, one of a kind water village, rainforests, unspoiled coral reefs, mangrove-covered islands and many other ecotourism options, Brunei is indeed the place to go.
ADMINISTRATIVE CAPITAL / COMMERCIAL: Bandar Seri Begawan
Brunei is a Southeast Asian Counrty, situated in the border of South China Sea and Malaysia with a total area of 5,765 square kilometres. It has 161 kilometres of coastline next to the South China Sea.
A population of close to 400,000. Muslims account for about 64% of the population
Tropical and warm. The average temperature will range from 24 °C (82.4 °F) to nearly 36 °C (87.8 °F) in the dry season. The rainy season is generally warm and wet with a temperature of 20 °C to 28 °C (68 °F to 82.4 °F).
Melayu Brunei (Brunei Malay) is the official languages. English and Chinese is widely used as well.
GMT+8 hrs throughout the year
Government Offices: 8 AM to 4:30 PM
General Office Hours: 8 AM to 5 PM
Independence Day: February 23rd
New Year's Day: January 1st
Christmas Day: December 25th
Muslim Festivals (based on the lunar calandar):
Muharram 1st (Islamic New Year)
Ringgit Brunei / Brunei Dollar
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
Police/ Emergencies: 993