Every time I’ve been to the Kangean Archipelago, north of Bali, east of Madura, in Indonesia, it’s been during the dry season. 

In 17 years of living on the ground in Indonesia I’ve never seen a place drier than Kangean between August & October. 

No visit to Brunei Darussalam’s capital—Bandar Seri Begawan—is complete without a visit to the Kampung Ayer—reputably the world’s largest water village with over 30,000 inhabitants. 

Looks & first descriptions can be deceiving.  Don’t look here for clapboard shanties over the water as seen in smaller water gypsy settlements in this part of the world.  At first these houses standing on stilts over the water may appear like a water gypsy settlement.  But you need to look closer.