If you’re tired of the cold, or the snow, or the sheer boredom of your existence, then you might want to visit Brunei. This country, located on the island of Borneo, is categorized as a Level 1 COVID-19 risk: the lowest among destinations with released data. The U.S. is a Level 4 risk, for comparison. Here are some things to see while you’re in the tiny oil-rich country.
The Mosques of Bandar Seri Begawan
The golden-domed mosques of Bandar Seri Begawan are a wonder to behold. Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque (pictured above) is among the most popular. Just watch out for mischievous monkeys!
Nicknamed the “Venice of the East”, Kampong Ayer is a village entirely on the water, with a population of approximately 13,000. You can walk through and see 40 different settlements, many with mosques, restaurants, and schools–all on stilts.
Brunei’s Untouched Rainforest
“Untouched Rainforest” isn’t some artsy name: the rainforest here truly hasn’t been deforested at all. Since the country’s wealth stems primarily from oil, there is no need to cut down trees for timber or palm oil or anything else. Visit Ulu Temborang National Park to see the only 1% that is open to the public.