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Brunei: Least debt (2013). The tiny Islamic kingdom draws its considerable wealth from oil and gas reserves. Living standards for the 400,000 or so Bruneians are high: they pay no income tax and enjoy the second highest per capita income in southeast Asia. Energy riches are fast depleting. Brunei is trying to reduce its dependence on oil by pushing into sectors like banking and tourism.
✮ Prayer Flags leading the eye towards Mt Kailashs unbroken north face - Tibet, China
Jiblah Mosque, Yemen - There are many areas of the world where travel has been difficult or impossible for decades. These destinations are still places of wonder and undiscovered treasures. This heritage is in danger of disappearing forever.