Daily Life :: Kampong Ayer

The Water Village (or Kampong Ayer in Malay) is a water settlement that houses some 30,000 people -- half the population of Bandr Seri Bagawan. All the buildings are built over the Brunei River, stand on stilts and connected by some 36 km of boardwalks.

Long wooden speed boats, (water taxis), serve as a means of rapid transport for the water village.

From a distance the water village looks like a slum but it has mosques, restaurants, shops even a school and a hospital. It enjoys modern amenities such as electricity, plumbing, air conditioning, satellite television and Internet access.