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Kampong Ayer - Venice of East

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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Stilt city

We took our chances with a random boat from the waterfront and we were not disappointed, the guy... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Aussie in UK
via mobile
Definitely the largest..

DOnt just get on the boat and have a ride in it.... walk on the jetties or walkways to get the feel... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Brunei-Muara District, Brunei Darussalam
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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 good46%
  • Average16%
  • 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 1 week ago 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

Thank scratcha
Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank Malcolm_See
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great to take a boat trip here and see the village. Cheap and helpful boat guide. You can hire a boat at the pier, negotiate a xomfortable rate one hour should be sufficient.

Thank pennysrayong
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was here 7 years ago. This time, older homes and raised walkways were falling down, dilapidated except for new prefab home. No businesses, the only ting that seemed new was the visitors centre and police station. This place may fade away in half a...More

1  Thank EuForia_01
Reviewed 11 December 2017

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 2 December 2017 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 20 November 2017

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
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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