Discover Brunei on a 2-hour tour of the world’s largest water village, Kampong Ayer. With a population of over 30,000 people and possessing important facilities such as schools, clinics, police stations, shops and mosques, Kampong Ayer, also known as the Venice of the East, is definitely a must-see. Take a boat ride through this exotic village, visit Kampong Ayer Cultural and Tourism Gallery, and head on over to one of the locals’ houses to be treated with a tea break, the Brunei way.
- Tour departs 0830 and 1330 hours. Tour commences 30 minutes earlier for hotels located outside city areas.
- Bring sunscreen lotion, a hat and/or wear long sleeves for the boat ride.
- Afternoon tour is recommended for sunset view (if weather permits).
Kampong Ayer, one of the world’s largest water villages, has hovered over the shallows of the Brunei River for at least four centuries and currently houses an estimated 30,000 people. During the 16th Century, Kampong Ayer was a bustling community of 25,000 people. It’s no wonder that this labyrinth town on stilts impressed the Magellan expedition back in 1521.
Now, despite being furnished with modern facilities, the water village retains its traditional, colourful, and lively atmosphere. This tour captures the essence of a water villager’s lifestyle with a home visit for tea and local cakes. Take a visit to the Kampong Ayer Cultural and Tourism Gallery, which comprises of five mini-galleries. The galleries display the different facets of Kampong Ayer, beginning from the 10th century up to present day life. The exhibits also include archaeological findings, items from contemporary culture, pictures, map, and photographs.
You will be travelling in a wooden boat which is an experience of its own. Life jackets are provided.