Negara Brunei Darussalam, which translates into English as Brunei, the abode of peace. The country has a total area of 5,765 square kilometers, with a population of more than 410,000 people. Brunei Darussalam, like Timor-Leste, consists of two unconnected parts. The country is divided into four districts, namely Temburong, Brunei-Muara, Tutong, and Belait.
Kampong Ayer in Brunei Darussalam is the world’s largest water communities. It is located along the banks of the Brunei River in Brunei’s capital city, Bandar Seri Begawan. Today, some 13,000 people, about 3% of the country’s population, live in this water community, which comprises about 40 small villages.
Kampong Ayer is a self-contained community, with its own lodgings, mosques, schools, clinics, police stations, shops, groceries, restaurants, internet access, electricity and other facilities that are available on the mainland. The people of Kampong Ayer lead a simple way of life, which helps preserve their 1,500-year-old traditions and cultural heritage. Most villagers are engaged in fishing and farming.
The water community now has modern public utilities and improved sanitation, as well as a proper sewage treatment facility. It is a homestay tourist destination. Visitors may take a taxi boat to appreciate spectacular views on either side of the majestic Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, which features a golden dome. Another popular destination is the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha Bridge. Also known as the Water Village Bridge, it was built in 2017. Tourists can visit different villages of Kampong Ayer and purchase local souvenirs, such as distinctive dried-prawn crackers and handicraft products. A boat trip around Kampong Ayer takes about an hour.
The people’s lifestyle in this water community is unlike those living on the mainland. Because of their simple way of life and unique identity, tourists are drawn to Kampong Ayer to experience water-based culture, a charm in perfect harmony.
Source: The Government Public Relations Department