Gap Year in Brunei


Capital City Bandar Seri Begawan
Population: 415,000
Currency: Brunei dollar ($)
Language: Malay, English
Calling Code +673

Nestled on the northern coast of Borneo, you’ll find the tiny kingdom of Brunei. What you’ll also find is one of the richest countries in the world, with affluence dripping from every street – certainly not what you’d expect to find in South-East Asia! Despite its tiny size, it has absolutely loads to do for any backpacker, although you probably won’t be able to spend a whole gap year in Brunei. Instead, why not make it part of a tour of the region?

But what exactly is there to see and do in this tiny little land? Well, for most people a visit to Kampung Ayer is top of the list, as they’re eager to see the place dubbed the “Venice of the East” – a spectacular sight that will never be forgotten! There’s also the capital city, Bandar Seri Begawan, to investigate, and this is full of interesting buildings and cultural delights. The Sultan’s palace, Istana Nurul Iman, is a real highlight.

It’s not all towns and cities while on a gap year in Brunei though, as this is a land with some amazing natural attractions too. Why not take a trip to Belalong National Park, which is deep in the rainforest, or head underwater for some of the best diving in the world? It’s particularly famous for its shipwrecks, many of which can be explored. So, Brunei might be a tiny country, but it certainly has loads to do!

Working in Brunei

You won’t find too many opportunities for work in Brunei, aside from the occasional chance to teach English to the children of richer families, or perhaps work in one of the dive centres. Volunteering opportunities are also rare, however there are many in Malaysia and Indonesia, both only short trips from Brunei.

Where Next?

A gap year in Brunei can easily be followed by visits to many South-East Asian countries, however the most popular are Malaysia and Indonesia. It’s also easily possible to continue your gap year in Australia once you’ve finished in Brunei, or head to great places such as Thailand, India or Vietnam. Just because it’s small, don’t expect to finish your gap year in Brunei too quickly though!

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