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Address: Bandar Seri Begawan, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Half-Day Bandar Seri Begawan City Tour
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2-Hour Water Village Tour in Bandar Seri Begawan

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Cultural and traditional place of Brunei

Village located in the river with 30000 wooden bridges connecting to each other. Transportation by small boats, nice people, one Museum also there to visit (which we missed to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

To get across just go to any of the stairs that lead down to the riverside and hail a water taxi. The cost is $1 bnd. There is an information and learning center and also an observation tower that overlooks the village. Its worth some time to stroll around the village.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We rented a car and drove along the river side. I think that is enough to see the water village. You can book a tour for 50BD that takes you to the water village, palace etc. but I think it is a rip off. If you want to go deeper in the village you should ask a local boat driver... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There is no problem finding a boat to take you out . They seem to appear from nowhere when you approach the waterfront. We negotiated an hour for $15.00. Our "captain" spoke a little English and was able to point out at least some of the things we were seeing. There are about 30000 living in very modest homes here.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took a local water taxi who showed us around and the proboscis monkeys in the mangroves. Guide Pointed out all the major sites. Great value to do it this way. Really enjoyable and impressive.

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Kuala Belait, Brunei Darussalam
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Village located in the river with 30000 wooden bridges connecting to each other. Transportation by small boats, nice people, one Museum also there to visit (which we missed to lack of time) worth taking a boat ride to Kampong Ayer and the to proceed to view Proboscis monkeys and crocodiles . Adventures as well as exciting trip

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was one of the main views from our Brunei River Cruise. It is beautiful, unique and quite interesting. Too bad we were unable to see the Cultural gallery.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Still remain as resident area but only can find one of the Kampong Ayer Museum and Watch Tower.. Unstable bridges but concrete houses is slowly building up.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a great water tour of the community including the a visit to one of the local houses. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing the schools, fire brigade, mosque, and medical center. We were invited into a local house and enjoyed viewing how the locals live and eat. You can't miss this!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There is long boat to share near the market to hire or on Sunday there is tour operator waiting with boat to take you around. The cost is $20.00 Brunei for 20 Minutes then some tour operators take you to the Brunei river into the jungle to see the monkeys, crocodiles, birds. For 1.30 minutes the 2 tours combined $50... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The water village holds an important part of the Brunei history. When we first alighted from the speed boat, we toured the history museum, and this gave us a good insight on the village we were on. It makes us appreciate the history of the place better. On top of that, we saw the unique way of life, and the... More 

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