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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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Very interesting to see where such a large proportion of the population lives. Also a very pleasant boat tour - you can find an hour boat tour on shore - they're going for... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

After booking our cruise months previously we contacted Esjay Loh with Viator about availability of the Bandar Seri Begawan Shore Excursion. She responded in a timely fashion the shore excursion was available. We are here to see the Kampong Ayer (Water Village) also known as the Venice of East. Kampong Ayer is situated over Brunei Bay with 39,000 people living... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting to see where such a large proportion of the population lives. Also a very pleasant boat tour - you can find an hour boat tour on shore - they're going for $15/person, but you can negotiate

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked around here for a few hours. It was eye opening. Some parts are like a slum, others like suburbia on water, all interesting and real. $1 water taxi from BSB side of river, super easy to go over and explore if you are adventurous.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were initially hesitant to visit this area due to other tourists having problems with getting ripped off by water taxis to get there, but it is an important part of Brunei history we wanted to see. So this is how to do it on the cheap. From the main waterfront, the water taxi fare to the pick up/drop off... More 

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Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Kampung Ayer – Venice of the East Antonio Pigafetta, the Italian Scholar from Venice who travelled with a Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan and his crew by the order of King Charles 1 of Spain made a historical chronicle of Kampung Ayer in 1521 and described it as a place akin to Venice of Italy, his birthplace hence the name Venice... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I visited the Water Village known as the Venice of East on 8th November morning, and so happened we met a very friendly Bruneian lady by the name of Sury who guided us to see the Village and shared with us some valuable information about the Kampong Ayer. The most unforgettable is Sury treated us with her... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A few hundred meters from the Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque is the river bank with several boats to bring people to Kampong Ayer - Vesnice of East. A fair price for a half an hour- 20 - 25 BND (some 20 us$). They try to give the tourists a higher price,do not accept and bargain. The city on the Ayer... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of my definite Brunei highlights. A real exposure to local life. A poor community living so close to extreme oil wealth in the Capital's Mosques and capital city buildings. It all depends how you access Kampong Ayer. The way I went was on a private tour with a man on his boat. I was offered multiple trips while at... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is crowded, smelly and the houses regularly collapse into the water. The government-built houses are unflatteringly uniform but do you break up the general impression of slum. It has some uniqueness, and getting a boat ride down the river is a nice way to spend an evening - but the water village is not all that worth seeing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Must to visit the place where once live half of Bruneian population. Today live 10 percent. Visit the museum of Kampong Ayer and learn about history of Brunei.

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