Kampong Ayer - Venice of East

Kampong Ayer - Venice of East

Kampong Ayer - Venice of East
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About
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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Marek Bocanek
Brno, Czech Republic42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Very nice experience of village on water as it used to be in the region around (e.g. barangay in Philippines or similar kampungs in Malaysia or Indonesia).
You can walk freely, people are nice and quiet, felt completely safe and from the south, there's a bridge you can leave through and walk back to town from southeast.
Written 12 May 2024
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Zsuzsa.Guide
Targu Secuiesc, Romania695 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
The city is built entirely on foundations in the salted water. The houses are made of wood, placed on pillars. Houses are connected by wooden promenades. It has it's own Mosque, school, clinique, a fire brigade. Homes have piped water and electricity.
Written 8 March 2024
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mrc282
World8,529 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
the water village visit center is open 9 am - 4:30 pm Sat-Thu and 9 am - 12 pm Fri. if you want to read the exhibits and go up the observation tower, then you need to visit during this time frame. also, if you plan to walk around the village, i would allocate 60-90 min

you can find boatmen plying the river at the waterfront across the street from the Yayasan building. prices are generally along this line, with locals paying 50-75% of quoted

- $1 to cross the brunei river to the water village

- $10 to roam the water village and with a view of raja isteri pengiran anak hajah saleha bridge by boat

- $20 to do the same as $10, plus ply upstream and see nurul iman palace, royal tomb, mangroves, and proboscis monkeys. this trip needs at least an hour of your time. recommend doing early morning (sunrise) or late afternoon (sunset) when it is not too hot and the monkeys are not hiding
Written 9 January 2024
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#travelwithbing
Makati, Philippines38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
We did see a crocodile roaming around the river, public schools, fire station and even police station were built and standing around the river. Had chance to witness the beauty of Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha Bridge.
Written 6 August 2023
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Toru O
Setagaya, Japan2,788 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
Took a speedboat from central BSB near the bus stop. Costs B$1 for a one-way trip. Called the Venice of Asia and has existed for over 1000 years. The wooden planks were creaky in some places and you should exercise caution when walking around. The signs around the village are vague and unreliable.
Alternatively, you can tour around the waterways for B$20 to see places that aren’t accessible to most tourists.
Written 17 February 2023
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AFAK25
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia4,405 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Business
We had lunch just across the river and managed to have a view from distance with our host giving a tour guide lecture about Kampong Ayer.

It is a traditional village built and inhabited since days of yore and synonymous with the Bruneian Sultanate history. We were told that most of the original inhabitants have unfortunately moved out to modern housing in the city and immigrants came in to fill the void.
Written 3 December 2022
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Rod W
Brisbane, Australia247 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Went here as part of a day tour. An essential part of a look around Brunei. Make sure your visit includes a visit to the inside of one of the houses.
Written 15 February 2020
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Adam P
Trowbridge, UK4,828 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
A must visit when in Brunei. The world's biggest water village, and has been here since the 11th century. We also saw some Kimodo dragons in trees, a fire station and some schools.
Written 10 February 2020
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kjpdavid
Melbourne, Australia92 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
We visited this attraction on a Sunday and left with mixed emotions.
The history and heritage of this site makes for fascinating reading as detailed in the wall murals at the Visitors Centre, and all the inhabitants we crossed paths with while walking on the wooden footbridges through the village were extremely friendly and welcoming (as were all locals throughout our stay in BSB).
However, the general state of disrepair and neglect we saw (we spent around 1.5 hours at the village) was at odds with the site being the historical seat of power where the monarch resided until the 19th century.
I do understand the difficulties balancing the preservation of antiquities in their original state and ensuring modern living conditions for current inhabitants, but it seemed to us that more could be done.
Still, as a significant part of Brunei's history, Kampong Ayer should be on your to- see list.
For those who'd rather not take their chances on the wooden footbridges, there are many boats available (from as little as B$2- p/person) to take you around the village.
Written 23 January 2020
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Jon W
Singapore83 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
One of the highlights of Brunei
Opposite promenade allows a very scenic view of Kg Ayer and also a motivating jogging route.
Be there at dawn or dusk for stunning views.
Written 21 January 2020
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