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Kampong Ayer - Venice of East: Tours & Tickets

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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...more
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Brunei River | Jalan Mc Arthur, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Anyone going to this place should go on a tour with a tourguide or maybe just ask any water taxi operator to bring them around. However the price of the tour depends on how good your negotiation skills are.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank fhise26
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Require about 45 mins to go around on a boat. You see the old fashioned houses on stilts. Some of them a really run down. You can see the village from the shore.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good to visit and see how they live on stilts, nice view and rich in historical culture. It's accessible to visit via boat which you can ride along at the Eco Park.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Jean3873
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

At least during my tour one gets a photo opportunity from across the channel. You really do not get to visit the village which makes a lot of sense. Worthwhile if you want to take an instagram photo but not particularly interesting.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank packedandready2go
Reviewed September 7, 2019 via mobile

1. went through whole area and observe architecture of the area- school, police station, hall, mosque, bridge. 2. served with great local food and coffee.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Kadijah_Mohd_Ismail
Reviewed September 3, 2019 via mobile

Usually it is combined together. A trip around the water village (kampong ayer) and trip up the river where u see the river crocodile,fireflies and monkeys. But u can choose to only cross and stroll the village for 1 B$. Including the river trip of...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank sdfhassan2001
Reviewed September 2, 2019 via mobile

Great for a quick visit to an unusual way of living. This large village on the water is a testament to the imagination and perseverance of humanity. Very photogenic. Avoid hotel tours, hire the boatman directly. Locals pay $10 Brunei per pax,we negotiated a tourist...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank elsbethcat
Reviewed August 8, 2019

You may hire a boatman for a boat ride around the Kampong Ayer (water village) to experience the lifestyle living on top of the water. Try go boat ride during early evening as the weather is more chill. There are schools, police station and fire...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank MarcoLYM
Reviewed July 29, 2019

They used to refer to this as the Venice of the East. I believe that was 500 years ago. It is very beautiful. An interconnected village with all buildings on stilts. Complete with Police station, fire brigade, medical centre, schools and mosques. A fascinating place...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank PRUDENCE B
Reviewed July 17, 2019 via mobile

Kampong Ayer is a cluster of about 40 small villages,connected by 38 km boardwalk. It is the worlds largest settlement on stilts . We went to village by boat to see a local person home .. the host served tea and snacks as it’s a...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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jenniiio
January 2, 2017|
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Response from khoedebecke | 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!
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kgillies
September 12, 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
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Shazb65
January 28, 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
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