Tiny Brunei shares Borneo island with Malaysia and Indonesia.
It's ruled by a Sultan, one of the last absolute monarchs left in
the world, who's overflowing coffers could give every Bruneian $500,000
dollars. In reality most of the population isn't rich, just comfortably
poor, their lives made easier by state subsidies and welfare programs.
Tourist prices are high; this is one of the most expensive places
to visit in Asia.
Highlight: Rent a car and see the country on a
half tank of gas -or- stroll along the boardwalks that connect plank
homes in the villages built over the Brunei River. Keep in mind that
alcohol, kissing, and holding hands in public is against the law.