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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  • I suggest to do this visit with mangrove excursion.You can easily find a boat which take you on the river and see the mangrove, monkeys, birds,.. On the way back see the water village. The best time t...  more »
  • Basically just a collection of houses that form a community on the water off the capital city. Although better developed than its South East Asian counterparts, it remains not as developed as one woul...  more »
  • This is an interesting village built over the water on (these days) concrete piles. It has all mod cons as in piped water electricity. And sewerage and if you take an organised tour that includes a vi...  more »

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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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