Kampong Ayer, Brunei

Borneo is modernising quickly, but even the most tech-savvy entrepreneur is only a generation removed from the kampung ayer (water village). Some grow up in these waterbound communities, and some still choose to live in them. That’s the case in the water village that hugs Brunei’s capital of Bandar Seri Begawan, the largest water village in the world. Some residents live humbly, while others park sports cars before catching a water taxi home, a fascinating juxtaposition of nostalgia and development all set on stilts.