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Kampong Ayer - Venice of East

Address: Bandar Seri Begawan, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Kelso, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

alot of floating rubbish sadly. So you need to see past it. Go up the creeks & you will see monkeys & crocs

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Damascus, Syria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

It is interesting to see a completely different lifestyle to most westerners live, and it is very impressive to see that they have their own police station in the water village! It is quite hard to enter and exit the boat and walk up and Down the wooden stairs in the water village.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

i have visited a few water villages in several countries, most have been dirty with no sewerage or rubbish facilities. this village and waters are the cleanest I have seen, there is electricity,many homes with cooling, satellite TV, sewerage and rubbish removal, the government has done well in this country,.We had morning tea in a residents home which was very... More 

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Orinda, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Had one day in Brunei during a cruise. Taxis are limited so we decided to take the local public bus (1 SIN) as opposed to the cruise excursion bus ($70 USD) into town. They take local and singapore dollars and may also take USD. The local bus stop is located in the small town of Muara (which right next to... More 

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Paranaque, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

If this water village has been there for a thousand years, and with around 40,000 people presently living there, is it still the Venice of the East that Magellan's chronicler called and impressed upon us? Perhaps. I wonder how waste disposal and sanitation work here. But if you compare this in Manila, we commend Bruneian water villagers for maintaining order... More 

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Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Its a beautiful country with a beautiful life style.. Tourists.complain about rubbish here there in the water.. But did you know that the Brunei government make alot of effort to stop people from throwing rubbish into the river? Rubbish bin is provided in each houses, and their government also hire locals to pick up the rubbish from the river. Its... More 

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Morecambe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Yet another part of the world being described as "Venice of the ........". Venice it is not, but it was interesting and well worth a visit. We visited Kampong Ayer as part of our tour with Borneo Trekker. The boat ride was fairly rocky, but safe, with life jackets being issued and we got to visit a local household. The... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We stopped here as part of our day tour with Borneo Trekker (see review for Borneo also). It was great to hear from a local guide to add substance to what we were seeing. We thoroughly enjoyed Kampong Ayer, and suggest to book a terrific tour like Borneo Trekker to add valuable local information to the visit. TIP: Take all... More 

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Brunei Darussalam
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Kapong Ayer means Village In Water . As per its name u can Imagine. Why I side Culture n Pride Point.. This village got A culture Center where u can see old culture of Brunei.... Like Old coins .old musical instruments. Painting's etc Must visit

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Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We took the 45 minute ride that was suppose to be around the Water Village and back to the jetty. It cost us BND10.00. Halfway, we saw the restaurant and we were told of this Nasi Katok (something similar to Nasi Penyet) that cost only BND1.00!! The food regardless of its simplicity, it's very tasty and do not forget to... More 

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