Five Strict Laws In The Sulanate Of Brunei

Buying alcohol and drinking in public

Brunei’s strict sharia law bans the sale of alcohol. But it’s not all bad news for drinkers: Non-Muslims over the age of 17 have a generous duty free allowance. You can bring two litres of liquor or 12 cans of beer into the country every 48 hours. Fill in a customs form at the airport and keep it with you at all times in case of an inspection. Tourists can drink alcohol in hotel rooms or private residences as long as they’re not intoxicated in public.


Sadly, homosexuality is strictly illegal in Brunei. Even if it’s consensual, it’s still against the law. In recent years, the Sultanate has come under scrutiny for wanting to punish those found guilty with death. However, it’s still unclear what the status is as of 2018 and how it will affect non-citizens. Close contact between members of the same sex is quite common. Just don’t display any outward affection and you should be fine.

Eating during Ramadan

During the fasting month, it’s illegal in Brunei for anyone to eat, drink or smoke in public. Muslim residents could face severe reprimands for breaking fast without a convincing reason. This law also applies to non-Muslim tourists and offenders can face a fine of up to B$4,000 ($2,932 USD) or a one-year prison sentence. We suggest avoiding Brunei during Ramadan. Besides, almost everything will be shut during daylight hours anyway.


As with most Muslim countries, possession and distribution of pornography is strictly illegal in Brunei. The definition and criteria vary depending on who you ask. And some might think that a bikini selfie in the Maldives might be considered pornographic. The whole concept of sex in Brunei is very different to Europe and the West. Just be careful and mindful of your pictures on Facebook and Instagram!


While almost every country bans certain drugs, Brunei is on an entirely different level. Possession usually meets a mandatory death sentence. And, believe it or not, having everyday over-the-counter or prescription medication might be illegal in Brunei too. Double and triple check everything before a trip in the same way as you would before visiting Dubai or the Middle East.

The Book That Made Me Want To Blog About Books

The Book that Made You Want to Blog

I am thinking that this prompt means which book made you want to blog about books as my blog is not a predominantly book based blog. Also I have barely read a book in the last 10 years or so though I used to be a voracious reader. I had to go back in the annals of time – meaning check my old posts – to find out the answer to this prompt.

So back in 2007 I went out for some coffee an then went to cheap book store and bought Blood & Gold & Blackwood Farm, and writing about my day and buying those books as the beginning of me blogging about books and even about some of my favourite authors and the books of theirs that I have read. But however since then I slowly started reading less and less as the years went by. I remember I went to a bar nearby and ordered an American Chopsuey and a beer and relaxed and read most of the book in that bar.

I think I should go out one of these afternoons on a weekend, go to a book store and buy a book that I feel like I could read and enjoy, then go to a bar and order some beer and some food and relax in the booth and read the afternoon away. Just like the old days.

Prompt from 30 Blog Post Ideas & Calendars | January at ElaineHowlinStudio