As my tour finished up, I began to wonder why I was the only tourist experiencing this truly unique day trip from Bandar Seri Begawan in Brunei? Within five minutes from the downtown area, I managed to observe some of the most fascinating things I have yet to see throughout my travels. Exploring Kampong Ayer by boat is an experience that forces you to continuously compare your “architectural” and “cultural” upbringing to what is presented before your eyes.
Here are some additional tips about Bandar Seri Begawan and Kampong Ayer:
1. Make sure that you negotiate a price before you enter a water taxi. They tend to drop their prices after some bartering.
2. Be prepared to pay at least 15 dollars for a 1-hour boat tour of Kampong Ayer.
3. If you are interested in seeing some proboscis monkeys in their natural habitat then it is possible to arrange a combined monkey-viewing tour with a tour of the water village.
4. As the sun sets, there are beautiful reflections on the surface of the water from the colorful homes found in the village.
Where did we stay in Bandar Seri Begawan?
While we were in Bandar Seri Begawan we stayed at Jubilee Hotel. It’s important to note that we don’t have a direct affiliation with this property. Overall, it turned out to be a nice place to stay. Our room was clean and it was walking distance to the waterfront area of the city. At the time of writing it had a score of 7.3/10 based on 1031 verified guest reviews. If you’re budget can allow for it you might want to consider some of these more upscale, well rated options:
The Capital Residence Suite (rated 8.5/10 at the time of writing based on verified guest reviews)
Radisson Hotel Brunei (rated 8.2/10 at the time of writing based on verified guest reviews)
Finding rooms in Bandar Seri Begawan.
If you want to get a feel for the hotels in Bandar Seri Begawan that are in the vicinity of the waterfront (Kampong Ayer) click here. Since many of the rooms are refundable, it’s better to book sooner than later. Here are some more links to Bandar Seri Begawan’s accommodation sites that might come in handy and save you some time along the way:
Rooms in Bandar Seri Begawan – www.agoda.com
Rooms in Bandar Seri Begawan – www.booking.com
Rooms in Bandar Seri Begawan – www.hotelscombined.com