Kampong Ayer - Venice of East, Bandar Seri Begawan

Visit the largest water settlement in all of Southeast Asia at Kampong Ayer - Venice of East. This "water village" lies on the Brunei River, built on stilts above the water. It has existed for over 1,300 years and currently has over 30,000 inhabitants. After taking a water taxi to the site, you can explore it on foot. Walk along the wooden boardwalks, bridges, and walkways that connect this floating village. Get a glimpse into the local, traditional way of life exhibited by fishers and craftspeople throughout the area. Put Kampong Ayer - Venice of East at the forefront of your travel plans using our Bandar Seri Begawan journey planner.
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  • We took our chances with a random boat from the waterfront and we were not disappointed, the guy started with a price of $30 for 45 minutes and when we waited a minute or so, he come back with $20. He...  more »
  • DOnt just get on the boat and have a ride in it.... walk on the jetties or walkways to get the feel of Kampung Ayer.  more »
  • This water settlement grants... in the way of life and history of the city. The original village of water is lost in the conquest of the present-day Brunei by the Japanese in World War 2, the current settlement is built up.
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A business oriented city, Bandar Seri Begawan offers a number of hotels and with most of them in the middle to higher price range. Luxurious five-star options can be found next to the park hosting Islam Sultan Sharif Ali University while mid-range ones are grouped on both sides of Sungai Kedayan. It may be difficult to find budget options but upscale places often offer discounts online. Family-oriented establishments can be found along Jalan Kianggeh Road. Budges places tend to group in the vicinity of the water village museum.
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