|Bruneians are generally
very tolerant and will understand that visitors
are not familiar with all of their customs
and Islamic traditions. Nonetheless, keeping
these few things in mind will go far in showing
the Bruneian people that you respect and appreciate
their culture, enriching your experience:
|Tourists should observe the
local dress code and dress modestly. Clothing
comfortable for hot weather is acceptable,
except when visiting places of worship or
for social and business functions.
||Bruneians shake hands by lightly
touching the hands and then bringing the hand
to the chest. Some people do not to shake
hands with members of the opposite sex.
|| You should not point with
your finger; instead, use the thumb of your
right hand with the four fingers folded beneath
||When visiting a mosque, all
visitors should remove their shoes. Women
should cover their heads and not have their
knees or arms exposed. You should not pass
in front of a person in prayer or touch the
|| Gifts (particularly food)
should only be passed with the right hand,
although it is acceptable to use the left
hand to support the right wrist.
|| It is polite to accept even
just a little food and drink when offered.
When refusing anything offered, it is polite
to touch the plate lightly with the right
|| During the Islamic fasting
month of Ramadan, Muslims do not take food
from sunrise to sundown. It would be inconsiderate
to eat or drink in their presence during this
|| In deference to the Muslim
majority, alcohol is not sold in Brunei, but
private consumption by non-Muslims is allowed.
Non-Muslim tourists are allowed a generous
duty-free allowance of 2 bottles of alcohol
(wine, spirits, etc) and 12 cans of beer per
entry, and may consume alcohol with sensible
discretion in hotels and some restaurants.