Brunei Water Village Experience: Shore Excursion

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What You'll Do
  • Explore the traditional Brunei water village, the largest of its kind in the world
  • Get a taste of local life and grab tea in a local cafe
  • Visit the Water Village Cultural and Tourism Museum
  • Travel like a local and hail a water taxi across the river
  • See a lesser-known side of Istana Nurul Iman, the Palace of the Sultan of Brunei
30,000 people, living on 8km of waterbound village for over 1,000 years. Forget Kevin Costner's terrible Waterworld film, this is the real waterworld! See it for yourself on this Brunei tour unlike any other you've ever been on.
What to Expect
There are two worlds in Brunei: one of development and modernisation and one of tradition. On this Brunei tour, you'll have glimpses of the former and get to fully experience the latter, immersing you into local tradition and culture in Brunei.

Your Brunei tour will start with a typical form of local transportation; hailing a water taxi to cross the river. On the other side is the Water Village Cultural and Tourism Museum where you will be taken on a guided tour of the various galleries and given background information on the Brunei water villages you'll be visiting later in the tour.

After this water village introduction, you will continue your Brunei tour with more of a river tour by taking another water taxi to get to the water village. Along the way, see the lesser-known side of the Istana Nurul Iman, the biggest residential palace in the world. The palace has up 1,788 rooms and is the official home of His Majesty, the Sultan of Brunei.

Our next stop is the Brunei Water Village, the largest of its kind in the world and a preserved national heritage site. It's an absolute must for anyone wanting to see and experience authentic local life in Brunei.

The village is home to 30,000 residents and has been around for over 1,000 years. Stretching about 8km, it is a self-contained community with schools, police stations, fire brigades, and mosques. The village is actually a cluster of smaller villages, each with their own leader or chief, known as Ketua Kampung. The villages are connected by a complex web of walkways and bridges.

You'll be taken on a walking tour of the water village where you can mingle with the locals as they go about their everyday lives. We'll stop and for tea at a local café, which is the best place to really get to know the village and the people who live here.

During the afternoon, the scene at the jetty bustles with life as school children and adults come home from work on water taxis. Join the throngs of people and board a water taxi to return to the city and the port as you finish your ultimate Brunei village experience.
What's Included
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Water taxi fee
  • Local tea in the water village
  • Transportation to and from Muara Cruise Terminal
What's Not Included
  • Tips / gratuities for your driver and guide
Cancellation Policy
Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund
Meeting Point

Muara Cruise Terminal, at the exit point of the ship. Your guide will be holding a signboard with the Urban Adventures logo and leader/agent name. (Open in Google Maps)

Know Before You Go
• The tour involves going up and down jetty and walking on wooden plank bridges.

• Dress standard: Dress standards are conservative throughout Asia, especially outside major cities. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate.

• Child Policy: Children must be 6 years of age to 11 years inclusively.

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Product ID: 53973