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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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Kampong Ayer is very close to city centre shopping mall . Can take boat ride for better feel . One of the attractions of Brunei !!!

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New Delhi, India
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Kampong Ayer is very close to city centre shopping mall . Can take boat ride for better feel . One of the attractions of Brunei !!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

i did pay for b$20 for 30mins ride including the culture gallery. it was as I expected. the driver asked for b30 for 45mins but can bargain as lower as b$20.

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Thank Arthur W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We took a river cruise along Brunei River and went to this unique village, with 24,000 residents, 15 schools, mosque, fire station. We also visited the Kampung Ayer Cultural & Tourism Gallery and had a bird view of the village from the observation deck.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It is known to be the largest water village in the world and some people refer it as the "Venice of the East". Transportation consists of water taxis. It is definitely worth going around in a boat.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great little excursion to see all the houses in the water village. They have entire schools (primary and high schools) on stilts in the water, and even a fire station and police HQ. Short trip around in a boat doesn't cost very much and is a good way to see this unusual lifestyle up close.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I booked our tour through Freme travel or you could also try Sunshine Borneo tours. Good luck and enjoy

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Thank Kevin L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Water Village of Kampong Ayer: On the banks of Brunei river, which flows through the Brunei’s capital city ,is a 1300 years old settlement consisting of 42 contiguous stilt villages called Kampong Ayer or the Water Village. It is the world’s biggest settlement on stilts. It is one of the ”must see ”attractions of Brunei, known as “The Venice... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The cruise is a must if you visit the village with final stop at the museum and the head of village's house. You can catch the proboscis monkeys if you go early morning or late afternoon plus crocodiles and eagles.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the fast boat tour around the floating villages stopping for refreshments with the locals. Fun experience on the river, expect to get splashed !

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This water village is an interesting place to visit. We took local water taxi and spent 30 dollars for two person. The driver took us around the water and also took us to see monkeys on top of the trees. We enjoyed the view and the tour.

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