Kampong Ayer - also known as the Venice of the East - is a remarkable community in the banks of Brunei river that’s considered the world’s largest settlement on stilts.
Home to more than 30,000 residents, Kampong Ayer is a community cluster made up of 42 stilt villages that have settled and flourished in Brunei River. 50 years ago, almost half of the Malay population resided here – a lot of the residents still prefer the river-side life up to now. Exploring Kampong Ayer will impress you – the community even has a police station, a mosque, its own fire brigade, and school. Kampong Ayer is just a glimpse of the rich and interesting culture and community of Brunei.
Kampong Ayer is located in the banks of the Brunei river.
Opening Days and Hours
The place is open daily, 24 hours. However, visits are ideal during day time.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance to this attraction is completely free.
How to Get There
- Fly to Bandar Seri Begawan.
- From the city centre, proceed to the city’s waterfront.
- Board a boat to Kampong Ayer Cultural and Tourism Gallery.
- Solo Travellers/ Backpackers
Time to Spend
Suggested duration in this attraction is one hour.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
The best time to visit is during the early morning – it gets really hot in the city around noon.
Kaizen Sushi, Tamu Selera, Bob Ume, Food Zone, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, KFC, and the Excapade Sushi, Roti Culture, and KTM Cafe House are some of the dining spots to try in Kampong Ayer.
- Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque
- Istana Nurul Iman
- Jerudong Park
- Brunei Museum
For accommodations, you can head over to The Capital Residence Suites, Badi’ah Hotel, The Brunei Hotel, Times Hotel, Palm Garden Hotel, The Centrepoint Hotel, Jubilee Hotel, and Villa Dadap. Rates range from USD 55 to USD 100.