You may have already known of Brunei as a small yet wealthy nation.
If not, this easily missed sultanate is known for having the largest oil fields in Southeast Asia one of the world's highest standards of living.
Laid-back capital, Bandar Seri Begawan, gleams with magnificent mosques that contrast with a massive stilt house water village and lush mangrove forests nearby.
If you find yourself in this side of Borneo, perhaps visiting Kota Kinabalu. Brunei is an excellent excursion for at least a night's visit.
Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque & Ceremonial Stone Boat in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
City Center Riverside in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
Boat tour along the Brunei River in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
Pro trip — Book your stay as soon as you know you’re traveling to get ahead of fully-booked rooms.