Kampong Ayer - Venice of East, Bandar Seri Begawan

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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. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Bandar Seri Begawan holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Kampong Ayer - Venice of East and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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Where to stay in Bandar Seri Begawan

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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  • You will save money if you can share water taxi with other tourists, especially if you are only two or three in a group. If you cant, haggle the price. Best to get water taxi with roof, weather can be...  more »
  • First time using a traditional speed boat to go around Kg Ayer even though am local. Finally got persuaded to do it! Thrilling speed and close to water and got sprayed a few times :) Rent a boat and d...  more »
  • Like many other countries in South East Asia, Brunei boasts its own floating village. Easy to get to and nice to visit even on a hot day. Worth seeing and in easy reach of other tourist atractions so ...  more »