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Kampong Ayer - Venice of East

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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Full Brunei Experience - City Excursion - Water Village and Mangrove Safari
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Technically part of the Bruneian capital of Bandar Seri Begawan, Kampong Ayer has more than enough uniqueness and history about it to be considered separately. Meaning “water village”, Kampong Ayer is built on stilts above the Brunei river. More than 30,000 people inhabit Kampong Ayer, the largest water settlement in Southeast Asia, and travel about by boat or the extensive network of wooden walkways, footbridges, and boardwalks. Kampong Ayer’s 4,200 structures include homes, mosques, restaurants, shops, schools, and a even a hospital. People have been living here for more than 1,300 year. Many of the traditional lifestyles of its inhabitants; fishermen, traders, and artisans; have remained unchanged. Visitors can experience this heritage by taking one of the many water taxis in front of the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah in Bandar Seri Begawan.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

There are 30 000 people living here and its 36 km long. I found it interesting that people want to live here as its they were living like this for centuries. This wasn't my favourite area. It is dirty, with garbagge, unused house falling down...More

Thank Lucy B
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a shame, i cant upload video. We payed a littel ekstra for a river tour to see the local monkeys. We sailed 30 min in pure rainforest and then they came. In total we saw 3. Great adventure, really great. Yes the small boatd...More

Thank Peter H. J
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This water village is really village above the water surface. Yes, they built it with wooden stilts and lived there for generations. This village preserves Brunei's history as a river-dwelling nation. It is a must visit place in Brunei. Just ask the boat taxi to...More

Thank Bayu Ampuh W
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The place is more advanced than the other floating villages of some ASEAN countries. But what we admired most is the fact that they share their living rooms / houses to the other members of the community whose guests cannot be accommodated in the event...More

Thank prof_liza
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Reviewed 16 January 2018 via mobile

The first day, the water taxi driver offer to do an hour journey to go round the water village, to the old palace and the new one, as well as to see Proboscis monkey and the new Brunei bridge monument for BND40 for two but...More

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Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

We took our chances with a random boat from the waterfront and we were not disappointed, the guy started with a price of $30 for 45 minutes and when we waited a minute or so, he come back with $20. He gave us a great...More

1  Thank scratcha
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

DOnt just get on the boat and have a ride in it.... walk on the jetties or walkways to get the feel of Kampung Ayer.

Thank iansaja4808
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Reviewed 1 January 2018

I took a boat taxi across the river here and then just meandered around the village. Some of the old buildings are nicely maintained and painted fun colors, and some of them are crumbling apart. I meandered over to the newer homes as well which...More

Thank Over60Countries
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Reviewed 27 December 2017 via mobile

This is a pretty unique and traditional village built above the water. Has its own fire and police departments, school, and mosque. Take a tour by boat to really get a feel for it.

Thank Saranger
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Reviewed 24 December 2017

Was strolling along the riverfront when I was approached by a boatman who quoted me $30 for an hour ride down the Brunei river to see the prosbocis monkey and along the kampung Ayer. I took up the offer as It seems a rather fair...More

1  Thank Malcolm_See
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jjyy9907
3 January 2017|
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Response from Kyle H | Reviewed this property |
Greetings! You can book a tour online or simply show up where there are several boats available to take you around the village. I agree that you need to negotiate the price. Enjoy!
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kgillies
12 September 2016|
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Response from Alter77 | Reviewed this property |
If you want a tour of Kampong Ayer, just head to the shopping centre in the centre, go to the back exit, cross the road and flag down a boat on the stairs that lead to the river to the right of the building where Kaizen... More
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Shazb65
28 January 2016|
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Response from seriaboy | Reviewed this property |
Muara Port is too far from the Water Village. I suggest you get a taxi. Once there just stand close to the water area and some of the boat drivers will see you. Don't worry, they'll spot you. They need to earn $$$. I paid... More
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