1. welcome to Kampung Patau-Patau 1

1. welcome to Kampung Patau-Patau 1

While travelling around Malaysia, I have been to a number of water villages. Two that came to mind were in Tanjung Piai and Pulau Ketam.

 2. water village

2. water village

3. wooden houses on stilts

3. wooden houses on stilts

When my co-delegates and I were in Labuan to explore the tourism products of the Federal Territory, we were taken to check out Kampung Patau-Patau 1, a water village of Bruneian Malay community.

 4. this is the method to construct a house on water

4. this is the method to construct a house on water

 5. impressive

5. impressive

By the way, ‘patau’ is the Brunei Malay word for ‘bouy’. Aptly named, if I may say so, as the village literally floats on water.

6. flower garden

6. flower garden

7. pretty DIY flower pots

7. pretty DIY flower pots

Although Kampung Patau-Patau 1 is no longer traditional, as some of the houses are modified to concrete homes that we now find in cities, this water village is still very much a tourist attraction. After all, not many people have seen how families can live in wooden houses built on stilts over water.

8. in horizontal positions

8. in horizontal positions

9. community hall next to a mosque

9. community hall next to a mosque

As said, a number of these houses are contemporary, equipped with air-conditioning and cable TV. Meanwhile, some homeowners have cultivated their own garden; the lack of land does not deter them.

10. Ed plays tourist at Kampung Patau-Patau 1

10. Ed plays tourist at Kampung Patau-Patau 1

Have a look at my photos. If you visit and in luck, you may even get to enter one of these houses for a personal tour.

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