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Kampong Ayer - Venice of East

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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Local life + monkey

2 bnd for crossing and 20 bnd for 2hr ride around kampong ayer and to monkey forest. I chose the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Torrance, California
Great value. Only 2 dollar cost for return speedboat!

We just paid 2 dollar for sightseeing tour with speed boat. The boatman show and explain us the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
maira r
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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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  • Average16%
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“fire station” (40 reviews)
“water taxi” (61 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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Reviewed 2 days ago

2 bnd for crossing and 20 bnd for 2hr ride around kampong ayer and to monkey forest. I chose the second option and my boatman managed to find a group of monkeys. The village is very quite and peaceful. This floating village is the cleanest...More

Thank minimize940314
Reviewed 1 week ago

We just paid 2 dollar for sightseeing tour with speed boat. The boatman show and explain us the history of this Kampong Ayer. You could request to stop by at floating Soto Pabo Restaurant and enjoy local Brunei food.

Thank maira r
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great tour surrounding Kampung Ayer to see the Crown Prince's mosque, Istana Nurul Iman from the river. Then boat rider picked up school kids to be sent home. We had a lunch at Soto Pabo and it tastes good. The ride costs...More

Thank Kamalmo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

With a cruise boat tour to this. Very noisy boats to get to the village but it WAS interesting to see how people live. We had afternoon tea in a private home. Unusual food but tasty. Nice experience

Thank karen m
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed a watertaxi tour of Kamping Ayer. Loved seeing the firestation, schools, mosque, police station and all the housing on stilts. The guide says it is made up 42 different villages and it stretches for quite a way along The waterfront on the far...More

Thank Bozeman-Dublin
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

it only cosrts 5-10 brnei dollars per person. they will tour you to the river and the village. you'd see old and new houses built by the government.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were quite underwhelmed by Kampong Ayer. You can get quite a good view of the situation from the bank. Negotiate the water taxi fare!

1  Thank Kat G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This wasn’t quite how we had imagined it; the tour description mentioned 30,000 people living in a village over water in houses on stilts. Our guide used the number 18,000, but either way, it seemed a huge number for something we thought would be a...More

Thank ekimbry
Reviewed 2 July 2017

Forget rickety old houses, dangerous planking and the squallor often associated with floating villages, Kampong Ayer has a very substantial feel. There are 35 villages, primary and secondary schools, a fire station, police stations, a mosque, shops etc etc. We were fortunate enough to visit...More

Thank paulormandy
Reviewed 28 June 2017

There isn't a massive amount to do in Bandar Seri Begawan but this little boat tour around the floating village is well worth it. Costs about 10-15Brunei dollars (£7). It takes you all around the buildings and you can even get good pics from the...More

1  Thank Chris8111
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2 January 2017|
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Response from Kyle H | Reviewed this property |
Greetings! You can book a tour online or simply show up where there are several boats available to take you around the village. I agree that you need to negotiate the price. Enjoy!
12 September 2016|
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Response from Alter77 | Reviewed this property |
If you want a tour of Kampong Ayer, just head to the shopping centre in the centre, go to the back exit, cross the road and flag down a boat on the stairs that lead to the river to the right of the building where Kaizen... More
28 January 2016|
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Response from seriaboy | Reviewed this property |
Muara Port is too far from the Water Village. I suggest you get a taxi. Once there just stand close to the water area and some of the boat drivers will see you. Don't worry, they'll spot you. They need to earn $$$. I paid... More