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Reviewed January 12, 2020

It is really interesting to see an entire village (really many) all built on the water. It is a very different way of life, just across from modern Bandar main area. You can do a boat tour, but can also take a boat across for about $1 and then walk through the houses. If you walk all the way to the right, you can even get the same view of the palace that you would get from the boat tour, at much less the price. To the left, there are more restaurants and facilities that cater to tourists, but overall, it is just seeing normal stilt visit life.

Date of experience: December 2019
Thank C R
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Reviewed December 30, 2019 via mobile

45 minutes boatride thru the Brunei river, crusing along old and new settlement of Kampung Ayer and the mangroves forest. Exciting experience of sight-hunting for the Probosis Monkeys, crocodiles and other wild mangroved animals

Date of experience: December 2019
Thank SummerRush
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Reviewed December 27, 2019

Since settlements on stilts are an important part of Brunei's history, it makes sense to go and visit Kampong Ayer (Malay for 'Water Village'). From the jetty at Bandar Seri Begawan there are constantly water-taxis travelling back and forth across the Brunei river.

For the aesthete the settlement is quite disappointing with all its concrete and metal, especially at low tide, when the stilts are standing on mud, often with quite a bit of garbage. Hardly a description is more misleading than to call this place 'Venice of the East'.

Probably the best way to visit it is with a guided tour, showing one around with a chance to meet people living and maybe working here. For me the only really satisfying experience was the Kampong Ayer Cultural & Tourism Gallery with several good information boards in English about various subjects referring to Kampong Ayer. Of special interest is the thousand year old history of this 'Floating City', which had been the capital of Brunei until the construction of Bandar Seri Begawan just across on the mainland in the early 20th century.

Date of experience: December 2019
Thank saronic
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Reviewed December 9, 2019

A very special part of this city, especially if you can have a personal visit with the residents of an original home here.

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed November 17, 2019 via mobile

Really enjoyed strolling down the river and seeing how the local live over water. They even have a over the water police and fire station. Great way to see the bridge lit up at night!

Date of experience: November 2019
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