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Kampong Ayer - Venice of East

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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A must see attraction in Bandar Seri Begawan

I went to Brunei to really experience how it is to live in this area. I found a really nice... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Pasay, Philippines

Pretty to view from other side. But plenty of trash all over. The homes have been renovated after... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Harris J
Singapore, Singapore
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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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  • Very good45%
  • Average17%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“on stilts” (62 reviews)
“fire station” (40 reviews)
“water taxi” (63 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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Reviewed yesterday

I went to Brunei to really experience how it is to live in this area. I found a really nice accommodation near the Jetty 2. And the experience is really good, it's a complete community with buildings made of stilts. My only concern is that...More

Thank paolodecastr0
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Pretty to view from other side. But plenty of trash all over. The homes have been renovated after big fire Photo op nothing else

Thank Harris J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A definite must see whilst in Bandar (let's face it very little to do there!). Haggle with the water taxi drivers - don't pay more than BN$10! Sorry, an insult to Venice with the comparison 'Venice of the East'!

Thank EFH51
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I suggest to do this visit with mangrove excursion.You can easily find a boat which take you on the river and see the mangrove, monkeys, birds,.. On the way back see the water village. The best time to see animals it s after 5pm

Thank Enzo M
Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

Basically just a collection of houses that form a community on the water off the capital city. Although better developed than its South East Asian counterparts, it remains not as developed as one would expect in a rich country like Brunei.

Thank jason J
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

This is an interesting village built over the water on (these days) concrete piles. It has all mod cons as in piped water electricity. And sewerage and if you take an organised tour that includes a visit here you will most likely be taken to...More

Thank Richard H
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

The water taxi was really helpful to talk us through and up the river to see the palace, mangrove and probuis monkeys. I felt the museum was a must do to see the history of the water community, especially enlightening to see the length of...More

Thank Deborah v
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

It's 20 brunei if you go direct. Most of the boatmen speak good english and we got the entire boat for 60 brunei for 4 of us to include a mangrove forest tour.

Thank Mehran M
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Water taxis will offer cheaper prices if you speak Malay to them. Higher prices are charged if you approach them by speaking English.

Thank joeonn
Reviewed 4 October 2017

Be careful of loose boards and kids riding bikes. Other cities have nicer stilt water villages. Be sure when visiting Brunei that your phone does not automatically hook up to "B MOBILE". It is extremely expensive. A few minutes of use can cost hundreds of...More

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2 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!
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
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