In the past 2 weeks I made my 6th trip to the tiny Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam, in North Eastern Borneo, to visit family, friends and when possible to explore further the rich and natural wonders of this tiny nation of just 400,000 people.
Something like 75% of Brunei is still covered in tropical jungle which allows a diversity of flora and fauna to thrive. It is not unusual to see Macaques (small monkeys) in the trees around the main capital of Bandar Seri Begawan and crocodiles up to 3 metres long within 1 km of the city centre and close to the above water stilt village of Kampong Ayer on the Brunei River.
I myself on this 1 hour Boat Trip along the Brunei River spotted 3 small salt water Crocodiles, a rather large Otter, a big group of Macaques and a myriad of colourful birdlife moving in and out of the mangroves and mud flats along the river, within just 1km of the capital city!
We also toured the rather large Water Village of Kampong Ayer, which straddles both banks of the river in places and extends along some of the smaller tributaries of the Brunei River, housing around 39,000 people or 10% of Brunei's population. As you will see in the photographs, many houses are very old and are built with whatever they can find, use or purchase. Some of the houses are huge and now sit on more permanent concrete pillons, while others teeter precariously on rotting wooden stilts, awaiting their inevitable plunge into the murky waters below!
I hope you enjoy this journey as much as I did...
Rob Steer Photography