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06/11/2014 10:24 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

48 Hours In Brunei: Hollywood Reporter Infiltrates The Nation's Underground Gay Scene

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I'm seated in the front row of Royal Brunei Airways flight 517, on a rather threadbare airbus that appears to have been built sometime in the 1980s. As we rattle down the central runway of Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport, tiny screens deploy from the ceiling bearing the Brunei flag, while a Muslim prayer begins playing through the sound system, some sort of supplication for safe travel, I can only guess.

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