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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, Cultural
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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58 reviews 58 reviews
40 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Travelling by boat with 10BND per person, had a great time with the view of houses, istana nurul iman, boat driver, etc shared a story and history about Brunei to us, will never forget this :)

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Melbourne, Australia
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23 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Loved being taken around in a boat seeing all of the houses built in the water, very nice inside the homes. It was amazing seeing the fire station and the mosque all built on the water. Guide was very knowledgable and made the trip fantastic

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

It's truly like Venice of the East. This water village is make up of several villages with different skill of people like craftsman, blacksmith, fisherman & traders. Almost 30,000 people live in Kampong Ayer or Water Village. Their mode of transport is boat, water taxi and even they have cars to go to work on land. The government has taken... More

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Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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129 reviews 129 reviews
33 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The Water Village commonly known as Kampong Ayer in Malay is a water settlement that houses some 30,000 people which makes up half of the population of Bandar Seri Bagawan. All the structures are built over the Brunei River, standing on stilts and are connected by some 36 km of boardwalks. Basically, it is called a water village because the... More

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chelmsford
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Loved it, so worth it... the people are so lovely. What you get to see & the experience is so worth $10 (my tour guide managed to get a good price as he goes there all the time). Eye opening to see water village, have never seen anything like it (other than on T.V!) so nice to see a completely... More

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Reno, Nevada
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348 helpful votes 348 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

It's easy to catch a boat driver at any pier. The price is reasonable but do bargain a little. Our driver was super nice and played tour guide. He knew the water village well and took us under the homes with exotic wildlife. The village just doesn't look nice when right across the way is the sultan's huge palace. I... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Saw an amazing thing today! Saw a team of local villagers rebuilding the patio of a house in the Water Village. Now I realised how difficult n costly to build one. The water tide was up to their chest, they had to dive in and place a piece of wood below the existing house. While 1 man is holding the... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I'm really confused by these reviews. If you pay 50 cents to take a host across the river and just wander about, you will not be disappointed. The color and texture of these houses are remarkable. The kids who shout and wave as you pass is really wonderful. I've traveled many places and this is one of the most remarkable... More

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Not much novelty in this place for most Asians I guess but still this is an interesting place to visit. We hailed one of the motorboat from the Kianggeh jetty and the guy took us around while also acted as out tour guide. Along the way we saw some otters swimming near the stilt houses. It's nice to observe the... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I'm personally didn't really enjoy it very much, the water is dirty and we can see rubbish in the water. But quiet impress with beautiful mosque in the middle of the village and there are so many schools there

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