BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Brunei's well-known Water Village was awarded the 2nd ASEAN Sustainable Tourism Award for the Urban Sustainable Product during the ASEAN Tourism Awards ceremony held in the country.
According to local daily, the Borneo Bulletin on Friday, Brunei's Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Haji Ali presented the award to representatives of the Brunei-Muara District Office.
Meanwhile, Brunei's Ulu Ulu Resort and Radisson Hotel each received the 7th ASEAN Green Hotel Award.
The Water Village in Brunei or locally known as Kampong Ayer is the largest water village in Southeast Asia. Made up of many smaller floating villages, the village is located in the heart of the Sultanate's capital Bandar Seri Begawan -- one of the major tourist attractions in Brunei.
The Water Village was once a very populous settlement but some of the dwellers moved inland due to the national housing schemes being provided by the government. In the 1980s, there were approximately 40,000 people living in the village. According to Brunei's 2012 census, the people living in the Water Village has decreased to a total of 13,162.