Cheap flights from Brunei

Brunei - known officially as Brunei Darussalam - sits on the northern coast of the island of Borneo, located in the South China Sea. A relatively small nation with an area of only about 5,000 square kilometres, Brunei shares most of the island of Borneo (which itself is the third largest island in the world) with Malaysia and Indonesia. Once a Malaysian state, Brunei gained independence in 1984 (after choosing to not join the Malaysian Federation) and is today one of the countries with the highest standards of living in the world. It is also the first east Asian country to officially adopt Islamic Sharia law.

Much of Brunei’s economy is driven by oil exports, thanks to the country’s plentiful oil reserves.

Before leaving Brunei, be sure to tour its capital city - Bandar Seri Begawan - for a look at the numerous treasures within. Visit the immensely beautiful Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, an icon of Brunei with its 28 domes (symbolizing then-Sultan, Omar Ali Saifuddien III, as the 28th Sultan of Brunei). Then check out the Sultan’s luxurious residence, the Istana Nurul Iman, for a glimpse into how Brunei’s royalty live. Round off your Brunei adventure with a fun and informative day at the Brunei Museum learning about the country’s history and admiring ancient Islamic artefacts from Iran, Egypt and other parts of Central Asia.

Need a little well-deserved retail therapy? How about a quick ferry or flight over to nearby Ma-laysian territory Labuan for a shopping trip you won’t soon forget? One of only 3 tax-free islands in Malaysia, there’s no place to go crazy on duty-free shopping quite like Labuan. Score alcohol, tobacco, spirits, appliances and perfumes at impossible prices, as well as local products like tex-tiles, rugs, carpets and leather goods. To gild the lily and drive shopaholics into further frenzy, the island also hosts an annual month-long shopping carnival during the year end festive season. Now you know where to head to for some guilt-free retail therapy - but be sure to bring extra bags.

But if otherworldly scenery is what you’re after, you may have to travel further out to the Chi-nese city of Chongqing instead. One of Asia’s most beautiful and diverse places, Chongqing is blessed with numerous geologic wonders; these include the longest river in China, stunning gorg-es, an unusual karst region, grottoes and more. Visit the Yangtze Three Gorges, classified as a AAAAA scenic area by the Chinese (the highest level of classification) and the imposing Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest power station. Then mosey over to the Wulong Karst region, UNESCO World Heritage Site and film site of Hollywood blockbuster Transformers 4 – Age of Extinction. The entire region covers 3 karst systems; explore weathered karst hills, cliffs, gorges, caves, subterranean streams, natural bridges and more. On top of boasting a rugged, unusual type of beauty, the Wulong Karst region is also a great place for hiking.

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