Capital | Bandar Seri Begawan
Population | 395,027 (July 2010 est.)
Area | 5770 SQ KM
Official Language | Malay
Holidays | National Day, 23 February (1984); note - 1 January 1984 was the date of independence from the UK, 23 February 1984 was the date of independence from British protection
Currency | Bruneian dollars (BND)
Time Zone | UTC +8
Best Time to Visit | March to October
Connecting with the Culture | Racing through the waterways of Sungai Brunei in a sleek logboat. Getting lost in the maze of plank-walks linking the water villages of Kampung Ayer. Trekking through Brunei’s Peradayan Forest Reserve. Feasting on an abundance of satay, barbecued fish, and sweet pancakes filled with peanuts, raisins and sugar at a local food market.
Read | Time and the River by Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, penned by the sultan’s youngest brother.
Eat | roti chanai for breakfast – flaky flat bread accompanied by coconut curry dipping
Drink | fresh fruit juices
In a Word | Panas (hot)
Characteristics | Exotic waterways; a tax haven; strict drug laws; ostentatious sultans; excellent medical and education services
Surprises | Daily oil production is approximately 163,000 barrels and is predicted to run out in 2030.