Its tiny size and relative obscurity may make Brunei a magnet only for those in seek of an adventure off the beaten path, but that doesn't mean that this country isn't fascinating. Formerly called "The Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace", Brunei isn't really like anywhere else in the world. It is sublimely wealthy - mostly due to oil - and has one of the most beautiful Islamic architecture styles in the world. It has been independent of the United Kingdom since 1984. It is tropical, minuscule, and captivating.