Among Brunei's newest and most remarkable sights is the sultan's 1,788-room palace, built at a reported cost of US $300 million and topped by two golf-leaf domes. Native longhouses are also a tourist attraction but are hard to reach, and trips up the Brunei and Tutong rivers are interesting but not yet well organized. Every visitor must have a valid passport; visas are normally required, but there are exemptions based on nationality and purpose and length of visit.
There were 984,093 visitor arrivals to Brunei in 2000. That year there were 2,412 hotel rooms with an occupancy rate of 63%.
In 2002, the US Department of State estimated that the cost of staying in Brunei was between US $123 and $235 per day.