The Penambang or Water Taxi is a key mode of transportation for getting to and around Kampong Ayer in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. Kampong Ayer, as the name suggests, is a water village built along the Brunei River which is just opposite the present day downtown of Bandar Seri Begawan, and is a popular destination – in fact a must-visit when in Bandar Seri Begawan.
There were some Penambang owners along Waterfront Bandar Seri Begawan. After confirming that the fare was B$1 (S$1), I hopped on to the one who called out for my business.
Boarding the Penambang at floating pontoon.
Starting up the Penambang.
The Penambang travels really fast across the Brunei River, with lots of wind blowing into my face. I think the ride takes less than 1 minute.
Looking back at Waterfront Bandar Seri Begawan.
Crossing the Brunei River.
There were display signs preparing for the Brunei Darussalam Regatta 2019 happening the next day.
Approaching Kampong Ayer Cultural & Tourism Gallery.
There is a big pier to cater to a few Penambangs at any one time.
Disembarking from the Penambang after paying my B$1 (S$1) fare.
Here, the jetty leads directly to the Kampong Ayer Cultural & Tourism Gallery.
My Penambang then heads back out to the river to find more customers calling out for their business.
Overall, a quick and easy ride across the Brunei River with many Penambangs standing by on the Waterfront Bandar Seri Begawan side, with not much waiting time for the quick cross-river commute.