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Kampong Ayer - Venice of East

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Address: Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Technically part of the Bruneian capital of Bandar Seri Begawan, Kampong...

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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This is a must do when in Brunei.

I did this as it was suppose to be the "Venice of the East". It was good; to go around and see the homes, schools, museum, even a fire station, mosques and then going to the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Usman M
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Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

To get across the river, jz hop on the many boats costing BND0.50. (or BND10 for a round trip of Kg Ayer approx 30 minutes. Nego with the water taxi operator). Drop off any jetty and start your journey. Its connected via wooden planks and you can just stroll around the community. Friendly folks. just respect not to be impolite.... More 

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Rome, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There's not much to do or see in Bandar Seri Begawan so this is a nice way to spend an hour or two. Moreover, getting on the river and taking advantage of the breeze is a nice relief from the heat. I didn't take a tour, but just paid a boat driver to take me on an hour tour of... More 

Thank Bagherailcane
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is absolutely amazing. If you want to get a real sense of how people live and operate as well as if you want to see the largest river community in the world this place is an absolute must. Its not what you imagine it to be. Its very well developed and some of the house could easily be... More 

Thank Mohammed B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I did this as it was suppose to be the "Venice of the East". It was good; to go around and see the homes, schools, museum, even a fire station, mosques and then going to the mangroves to see the monkeys. I got a tour guide; from near the market. Nice tour, stopped over to see the museum; small but... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took a water taxi for a one hour tour down the river to see the palace and the mangroves. Unfortunately the monkeys were hiding on this occasion. The guide then took us amongst the water village and dropped us at the cultural centre. The centre was very informative and took us back in time to the beginning of Kampong... More 

Thank Nina L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Highlight of Brunei. Largest water village in world. Just go to the river and you will be approached by many boats.

Thank Fish_Feet
Brunei Darussalam
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Reviewed 22 April 2017

We went with Kem from Kunyit7 to have a stroll around the water village. Even though it is just across the water from Bandar it is a different lifestyle on the water.

Thank Katie V
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Reviewed 21 April 2017

Must visit in Brunei. Cultural and historical heritage. Kampong Ayer is known as the largest water village in the world and some people call it 'Venice from the East'.

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Doha, Qatar
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017

We have been based in Brunei for 3 years so have done this trip a number of times now. A must to take visitors to. The skil and knowledge of the boat men can vary so ensure you use your hotel or travel company to organise the trip for you ensuring you get an experienced boatman. Our man takes us... More 

Thank Tom M
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

Brunei's iconic spot which brings you the feel of local lives. A must visit for any visitor to Brunei. The boat ride is very refreshing and be sure to take the tour around the village.

Thank Jason L

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