Participants of the Kampung Air Patau-Patau 2 homestay programme can join in the villagers’ daily activities and experience the local lifestyle and culture. ©Martin Baxter

Kampung Air Patau-Patau 2 is one of the last remaining water villages in Malaysia. The village consists of colourful houses built on wooden stilts linked together by wooden boardwalks.

Visitors participating in the Kampung Air Patau-Patau 2 homestay in Labuan get to enjoy a taste of local culture, cuisine and traditions in a unique marine environment.

The water village is located just 3 km west of Bandar Labuan (formerly Victoria) town centre, and is accessible on foot, by road or water taxi.

Kampung Air Patau-Patau 2

Established in the 1930s, the entire village was destroyed during World War II and rebuilt by the villagers after the end of the war.

The architecture and concept of the water village is heavily influenced by Brunei-Malay culture. During the reconstruction, only the highest grade ‘belian’ hardwood was used for the foundation, making the houses remarkably stable.

To this day, the village residents incorporate their Kedayan Bruneian culture and customs into their daily lives alongside later additions of modernity. They continue their traditional lifestyle of living in stilt houses over the sea, speak a distinctive Brunei-Malay dialect and observe the elaborate Brunei adat-adat (tradition) in their daily lives.

The villagers are descendants of traders, sailors and fisherfolk from neighbouring Brunei who settled here many generations ago. The settlement is made up of brightly coloured houses on stilts built over the sea, each connected by a series of boardwalks. Most homes have airy, cooling verandahs that are decorated with potted plants and flowers.

Being surrounded by water, the main mode of transportation is by boat and most of the houses here own one.

Kampung Air Patau-Patau 2 comes equipped with water and power supply, telephone and sewage lines, streetlights, water taxi jetty, grocery and handicraft shops, clinics, schools and other amenities you can expect from an organized village.

Homestay guests can explore the village, observe the locals flying their kites, join in the village games, go fishing right in their backyards for delicious catfish, or just bask in the sun.

The friendly host families will be all too glad to serve you some of the local delicacies including ambuyat, a traditional Bruneian sago dish (palm starch) usually served with a sour and spicy dip made of young mangoes, dried shrimps and chillies, and eaten with steamed fresh crabs, paha-paha (green vegetables) and other delicious local fares. Kausar, an aromatic fruit punch is served to accentuate the flavour of the meal.

Traditional games and dance performances can be arranged upon request.

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Getting here

The Kampung Air Patau-Patau 2 Homestay is not merely a place to soak up local culture; it is also the perfect base for exploring the rest of the island, on land or on water.

The village is about 3 km from Victoria town (Bandar Labuan) and can be reached by road or regular water taxis or longboats available daily from 6AM to 6PM at the Labuan Central Market jetty. It can also be reached by a 30-minute walk from town.

In the water village itself, boats are the main mode of transportation. Houses are connected by wooden walkways.

Homestay Kampung Air Patau-Patau 2 room rate/pricing:

From RM 75.00 / Night (Aircond)
From RM 65.00 / Night (Fan)
From RM 60.00 / Night (Student)

Additional charges:
(Allow guest more than capacity)
RM15.00 / person
RM10.00 / person (Student)
Min : 2 pax – 12 pax

Additional packages:
Breakfast RM7.00 / person
Lunch RM12.00 / person
Dinner RM12.00 / person

Homestay Kampung Air Patau-Patau 2 activities:

i. Making Traditional Food / Cake RM5.00 / Person
ii. Fishing From House Verandah using Net Casting RM5.00 / Person
iii. Round Island Tours (Including Tour Guide) (Max 12 Person) RM20.00 / Person
iv. Making Ambuyat – a local specialty (Max 10 Person) RM5.00 / Person
v. Traditional Culture Performance and Welcome Ceremony (Max 10person) RM15.00 / Person
vi. Learn Malay Language (Max 10 Person) RM 5.00 / Person / Hour
vii. Water Village Dinner Party (Max 10 Person) RM 20.00 / Person
viii. Night Fishing RM 10.00 / Person

Contact

Homestay Kampung Air Patau-Patau 2
Address: Kg Patau-Patau II, WP Labuan
Mobile: +6012 814 8515
Email: norlelakassim70@gmail.com

Alternatively:

Mr. Haji Sulaiman Wan Chi
Tel: +6016 824 6193 / +6012 836 3403
Address: PP 0276, Kg. Patau-Patau 2, 87000 W.P Labuan

En. Ardilah Arsat
Tel: +6016 842 4981

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