Welcome to Brunei Darussalam
Look beneath the surface of this well-ordered and tightly regulated sultanate and you'll see the underlying warmth of Brunei's people and the wisely conserved wildness of its natural environment. Thanks to the money generated by the oilfields, Brunei hasn't turned its rainforests into oil palm plantations. Old-growth, primary forest abounds, especially in verdant Ulu Temburong National Park.
In the charming riverside capital, Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB), opulent palaces and magnificent mosques contrast with the haphazard and flimsy-looking water villages. Fringing this city's modest extents are lush forests and mangroves, home to proboscis monkeys, hornbills and crocs.