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“Don't get wet”

Kampong Ayer - Venice of East
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$175.00*
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Full Brunei Experience - City Excursion - Water Village and Mangrove Safari
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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Reviewed February 20, 2014

This was on Dec2012. We just hired a boat to take us from the city center to the water village down to the mangroves and up to where you will see the palace. Too bad we didn't get to see a proboscis monkey. It's a unique experience. A must try in Brunei.

Thank doc_doe
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Reviewed February 12, 2014

A must-see if you go to BSB, this place carries a lot of history. You'd see the rows of modern houses, and when you walk further along, you'll see the old houses as well. Try not to visit on a Friday at 12-2 PM, as it will be the Friday prayers, you'll get to talk to more locals and learn about their lives and culture a bit more.

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Reviewed January 31, 2014

Without doubt the most rewarding, interesting and worthwhile thing to do if you find yourself in Brunei. Cheap & easy - you just stroll by the river & the boatmen will come to you. They pull the boats up straight to the steps, you jump on & thats it. We took a boat ride into the mangroves firstly to get up close & personal to the wild big-nosed Proboscis monkeys and get to watch them do their thing. We took a purpose filled tour in Borneo to do the same thing but was way better here in Brunei. If your out in the evening you can see the fireflies also. Then off to see the city on stilts where our boatman showed us where he lived, where his kids went to school etc and everyone was waving as we went past. Once you've seen what you want you just instruct the boatman where you want to be dropped off & he'll head for the nearest set of steps & off you go.

Thank Pommyash
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Reviewed January 28, 2014

The water taxi trip in Kampung Ayer would be the highlight of my trip to Brunei. I'm lucky enough to have an experienced and sporting taximan, Nokman, to take me upstream and back for roughly 2 hours. Other than the rather expensive fee, his knowledge and guiding explanations in his mother tongue with my competence in Malay, made my trip all the lot more enlightening. My advice for you guys to not make this a waste, is to get a guide who is at least partially well verse in English if Malay is not a choice for you.

Thank monkeyZLbanana
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Reviewed January 24, 2014

and service level was not that great. We were told that this place has been overrated and that there were better places to taste the local cuisine.

Thank Rosalia D
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