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Kampong Ayer

Kampong Ayer, Brunei
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Kampong Ayer, Brunei-Muara, Brunei Darussalam.

Dare I say it, I love being on the water even more than I love exploring wacky markets and old villages. Put them all together and you've got a pretty decent reason to visit Brunei.

Brunei is easily the strangest countries I've ever visited. Smack in the middle of the capital city sits a $50-million mosque surrounded by tumbledown houses, shops, schools and police stations on stilts. Just up the river is one of the largest homes ever constructed, the place of residence for one of the richest men in the world, the Sultan of Brunei. Fascinating stuff, the economics of Brunei.

Anyway, the water village, also known as Kampong Ayer, is quite a place to explore; most of the villages are connected by creaky boardwalks that probably won't break when you walk on them. Village life appears to carry on like it has for the past few hundred years - if you ignore the iPhones, satellite dishes, and water pipes all over the place. Check this place out before it's gone - I can't image the water villages lasting forever.