| Achong Tanjong |
SOME 7,000 foreign tourists visited the village of Sungai Matan last year, the Kg Sungai Matan Consultative Council (MPK) recorded.
The tourists came from Asean countries, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, South Korea, USA, UK, Spain, France and Germany.
According to a village MPK member, the number of domestic tourists from outside the Brunei-Muara District is expected to rise during the upcoming year-end school holiday.
This is because of the water-village homestay, which is a popular package among local tourists, especially those from the Belait District.
The village MPK offers tourism activities such as a visit to a floating fish cage, cultural performances and fishing activities using various traditional methods.
Guests can also join villagers in activities such as prawn processing, fish drying and making traditional local cakes.
Another popular package is making unique handicraft with recycled materials. Those who want to enjoy the village’s natural beauty can go for a river cruise along the Brunei River, jungle trekking at Bukit Matan and visit the mangrove forests.
The village now has its own cultural stage, which is part of the project of the Tourism Development Department in collaboration with the Public Works Department, Ministry of Development under the National Development Plan.
The construction of the cultural stage aimed to support Kg Sungai Matan’s efforts in further developing and promoting the village tourism products and activities in order to upgrade the village’s economy.
The Kg Sungai Matan Consultative Council is also popular for holding fishing competitions, the Matan Carnival, eco-tourism and homestay services. They also produce and sell products based on resources from the sea.