Kampung Patau-Patau, Labuan Water Village

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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With love

9 thoughts on “Kampung Patau-Patau, Labuan Water Village

  1. Love this place so much. It very laid-back and peaceful and unique! And of course, I’m missing the trip so much la… Especially during the water sport activities. hahaha

  2. Mostly modern living now. It is interesting on how they built that stilt up from the water. I didn’t visit here when in Labuan last time. I just see it from far. hahaha

  3. pernah pergi Sabah dan Sarawak tapi belum ada kesempatan nak singgah ke rumah atas air ini, nampak menarik. lagi2 culture Putuan di Labuah ini.

  4. Wow so unique the name of the village. Patau – patau The village is so beautiful and breathtaking view to see. So relaxing. I wish i have the chance to go there. Amin

  5. flower garden caught my eyes, yeah love the flowers are they selling it too? This village no go before, sure love to go explore somedays!

  6. Ahh rindu Labuan, bersih je. Tak pernah ke kampung ni, tapi suka tengok keadaan di sana. Makanan best tak? Mesti makan seafood hari-hari kan?

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