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Known for its splendid Islamic architecture and tranquil rainforests, this small Southeast Asian country offers many surprises for vacation delights.

Brunei Darussalam is called the Abode of Peace in recognition of its serene setting and tranquil lifestyle. Experience a pleasant vacation in this small nation on the northern coast of the island of Borneo.

No matter what religious background you have, be sure to visit the country’s beautiful mosques. Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque honors Brunei’s 29th sultan with 29 golden domes. Don respectful clothing and step inside to see the beautifully detailed interior. View the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque in its setting beyond a reflective lagoon. Both are in Bandar Seri Begawan, the nation’s capital.

Explore the uniqueness of Brunei in cultural spots around the capital. Kampong Ayer is a neighborhood of 13,000 people living in homes built on stilts. Take a water taxi on the Brunei River to view these intriguing villages. Stop at the Royal Regalia Museum to see treasures of past sultans and gifts that have been given to these leaders. More information on the country’s history and ethnography is available at the Brunei Museum while the Malay Technology Museum and Brunei Darussalam Maritime Museum reveal its commercial development.

Within the city, the Tasek Lama Recreational Park is a lovely green spot with walking trails, play areas and a waterfall. Venture beyond the capital to other locations of great natural beauty. Just a 20-minute drive west, Bukit Shahbandar Recreational Park is a large rainforest with numerous accessible trails. Look for native wildlife including rhinoceros hornbills, proboscis monkeys and tiny flying lizards. Farther inland, the Temburong district has a vast national reserve and ecovillages.

Near Shahbandar, Jerudong Beach offers exciting watersports and delicious fresh seafood. From Pelong Rocks to Australian Wreck, reefs offer excellent opportunities for beginners to advanced divers. Travel to Muara Beach at the northernmost tip of the country for a family-friendly spot with food stalls and amenities. Sample the national dish of starchy ambuyat and rice and chicken nasi katok.

Travel to Brunei Darussalam for a peaceful vacation in unique surroundings.

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