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Kampong Ayer - Venice of East

Brunei River | Jalan Mc Arthur, 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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Brunei River | Jalan Mc Arthur, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I enjoyed the boat ride around this water village with our tour group - sure it's not Venice - but has historical and cultural significance for Brunei and it is different from some of the other water villages we have visited in Asia. There is...More

Thank GeniAus
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

To me, Kampong Ayer seems like a place with nothing special seeing the pictures of it. However, when I actually visited the place, I was surprisingly fall in love with it. It is the biggest water village in the world and people are still actually...More

Thank TheNayzer
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Water taxi from main brunei is BND$ 1 per person. They will drop you where you like. All area is in the water. There is a museum, mosque and a hostel. Wanna go back just wave ansd some one while " boat " you back...More

Thank Paul v
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The trip to this site was sold to us as "the Venice of the East"; if I were the governor of Venice I would sue. This is a village of wooden houses on stilts with electricity and clean water but "traditional plumbing" that renders the...More

Thank SingaporeGirl
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I managed to get a speed boat to my self for $15 for 40min but it turned out to be 30min. He took me around the village and it was very quiet as all the kids were at school. The real Shame was all the...More

Thank BillyK1980
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our day tour guide, with FREME, included a visit to the water village which is one of the more unique places to live in the world. We traveled by long boat around the village and then he had us disembark to walk through part of...More

Thank Dan W
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In a rented speedboat, travel through the wide,fresh water and admire the community on the stilts, where most Bruneians live. They have several schools there, a grocery, clinic,police station. It's like floating mini-city. Enjoy an hour boat ride, and the guide will bring you through...More

Thank pinoyfamily
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Reviewed 12 April 2018

If you do plan to visit the water village then hire a speedboat from the jetty and negotiate the price. We paid 20 Brunei dollars for a 30 minutes trip.

Thank SAZ2020
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Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

We traveled by long boat around the village and then were dropped off tho walk through. Our tour company, Sunshine Borneo, took us to a traditional water house where we were able to go inside, take pictures, and have a lovely tea.

Thank Darren L
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Reviewed 26 March 2018 via mobile

Easily accessible to and from the main city by water taxi. They’ll pull up to the pier if they see you approaching. It’s important to note that besides the blue mosque and the Sultan’s palace, everything in the capital city is a ten minute walk...More

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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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