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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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Half-Day Bandar Seri Begawan City Tour
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2-Hour Water Village Tour in Bandar Seri Begawan

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A slice of culture

We went with Kem from Kunyit7 to have a stroll around the water village. Even though it is just across the water from Bandar it is a different lifestyle on the water.

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went with Kem from Kunyit7 to have a stroll around the water village. Even though it is just across the water from Bandar it is a different lifestyle on the water.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Must visit in Brunei. Cultural and historical heritage. Kampong Ayer is known as the largest water village in the world and some people call it 'Venice from the East'.

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Doha, Qatar
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been based in Brunei for 3 years so have done this trip a number of times now. A must to take visitors to. The skil and knowledge of the boat men can vary so ensure you use your hotel or travel company to organise the trip for you ensuring you get an experienced boatman. Our man takes us... More 

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Thank Tom M
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Brunei's iconic spot which brings you the feel of local lives. A must visit for any visitor to Brunei. The boat ride is very refreshing and be sure to take the tour around the village.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited by chance with a friend who has been living in Brunei for many years now. We just called a boat over from the steps next to yayasan shopping centre and agreed a price for the tour. Our guide was great, he was a local resident of kampong Ayer and gave us lots of information. We had a tour... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took one hour boat ride with 5 others at a price of $30/-. Boatmen very friendly and mentioned some history of the location. Quite a good view of the surrounding.

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Suva, Fiji
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A complete village on water including residents as well as schools, mosques, hospitals and police. Commuting on a fast speed boats. Well structured and highly patronized by tourists.

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Kingston, Jamaica
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I rented a boat for an hour and they showed me this unusual village on water. I had the opportunity to see some Borneo monkeys too. A must when you are in Brunei capital.

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the water taxi across to the cultural centre for $1, but sadly it was closed on a Friday afternoon so we spent an hour or so walking around Kampong Ayer by ourselves before hailing a water taxi back to BSB. It was a lot of fun to see the houses, schools and shops that make up the village.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Explore Kg Ayer during sunset. The boat owner charge us BND10 for 1 boat which is for me is reasonable since he brings us touring aroung Kg Ayer by boat. There's a lot of boat owner so a good negotiating skill is needed.

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