As with any foreign country, there are a few things you should bear in mind when visiting Brunei. You may find it is useful to familiarize with the following common dos and don'ts before embarking on your trip to Brunei.
- Observe the local dress code and dress modestly.
- Shake hands by lightly touching the hands and then bringing the hand to the chest. The traditional Malay handshake is known as "Salam".
- Always remove your shoes when visiting a mosque.
- Point with the thumb of your right hand with the four fingers folded beneath it.
- Pass gifts and food only with your right hand.
- Pass in front of a person in prayer and non-Muslims should not handle the Koran, the holy book of Islam, when visiting the mosques.
- Eat or drink in front of Bruneian Muslims in daylight during Ramadan, an annual holy month for Muslims.
- Smack the fist of your right hand into your left palm.
- Offer alcoholic beverages to Bruneian Muslims and must be consumed privately in your hotel room.
- Insult or speak badly of the Sultan of Brunei or the Royal family.