Halong Bay is well-known for its distinctive beauty of islands, islets, caves and beaches. As a tourist, you can explore the picturesque scenery and savor traditional food of Halong Bay but do you ever think that you can live as a native people in here for one day? Today, we are going to bring you the chance to make your dream come true! Yes, many of you may not hear about FLOATING VILLAGES or FISHING VILLAGES in Halong, but today you will know the whole story!
There are 7 floating villages on Halong Bay but only 4 of them are officially open for tourists. They are Ba Hang village, Hoa Cuong village, Vung Vieng village and Cua Van village. People living in these villages catch fish and doing tourism for making living. Visiting these floating villages you will experience the daily life of local people and for each village has its own characteristics. Are you ready for the trip? Let’s get started!
BA HANG FLOATING VILLAGE
Location: Ba Hang Village is a small village that located next to Thien Cung Cave and Dau Go Cave.
Population: Ba Hang Village is the home of more than 50 families from generation to generation. Most of them never leave the villages, they grow up and raising children. People living here are really friendly and offer hospitality to all tourists. Their daily life associate with the raising and falling of the tides which is quite special than normal life.
What to do in Ba Hang Village: People living in Ba Hang Village are aware of protecting the bio-system of mangroves nearby, so you can experience the process of growing mangroves with residents. They also rent you kayaks and rowing boats. Souvenirs from Ba Hang Floating Villages are quite skillful and you can buy them as presents from the trip.
You can check these tour below that has the itinerary stop at Ba Hang Floating Village:
Move one the next floating village – HOA CUONG VILLAGE
HOA CUONG FLOATING VILLAGE
Location: Hoa Cuong village is nearby Halong Port and it is surrounded by many rocky islands and limestone mountains.
Population: Hoa Cuong village is the home of more than 200 households with 750 people. Their main livelihood is fishing and selling seafood on the beaches. Their houses are really rustic but lovely with colorful painting. Children living in Hoa Cuong village can to school by sailing boats which is moored in front of their houses. There is a place called Hoa Cuong Floating Cultural Center which is the first floating teaching rooms in Halong bay.
What to do in Hoa Cuong Village: Visiting Hoa Cuong Village, you can enjoy the daily life of a fisherman. Fresh seafood is usually sold at the beaches with very reasonable price. You can make a seafood party if you like. You can learn from the resident how to do aquaculture and how to catch fish. Seafood was cooked well by the locals and they are sold with a cheap price so you can savor a lot of dishes.
You can check these tour below that has the itinerary stop at Hoa Cuong Village:
- Lavender Cruise 2 day 1 night tour
- Huong Hai Junk 2 days 1 night tour
- Halong Royal Heritage Cruise 3 days 2 nights tour
- Gray Line Cruise 3 days 2 nights tour
Now, we will go to the third floating village – VUNG VIENG VILLAGE
VUNG VIENG FLOATING VILLAGE
Location: Vung Vieng village is 24 km from the mainland and it is located in the central of Bai Tu Long Bay. The scenery of Vung Vieng village is standout and incredible. Out of four floating villages, this is the less touristy one than others.
Population: The home of more than 50 families with 300 residents. The main income of people living in Vung Vieng Village comes from fishing and selling fine arts. Vung Vieng village is next to many limestone mountains so it is sheltered from strong waves and typhoon seasons. This village is quieter than others that why visiting here brings you the feeling of losing in a forgotten land.
What to do in Vung Vieng village: As a tourist, you can witness a daily life of a fisherman as locals. You can also savor food and drink cooked by residents with a reasonable price. You will know to make fine arts and casting fishnets. People here also sell handmade accessories with pearls.
You can check these tour below that has the itinerary stop at Vung Vieng village:
- Lamour Junk 2 days 1 night tour
- Orchid Cruise 3 days 2 nights tour
- Lamour Junk 3 days 2 nights tour
- Halong Loyal Wings Cruise 3 days 2 nights tour
Finally, we are going to explore the last floating village – CUA VAN VILLAGE
CUA VAN FLOATING VILLAGE
Location: Cua Van village is located at Hung Thang commune, 20 km away from the mainland. This is the wealthiest village among four floating villages. Cua Van village is surrounded by a lot of limestone mountains and rocky islands.
Population: Cua Van village is the home of more than 176 households with 700 residents. Their livelihood is fishing and making fishnets. Aside from fishing, some of the families also offer homestay and organize environment awareness campaign. All children know how to swim since they are 4-5 years old. In the morning almost adults will get on boats and go fishing far away from home and children will go to floating classrooms to study.
What to do in Cua Van village: Come to Cua Van village, you can explore the community activities space, visiting bio-system forest, climbing and experience the authentic life of local people. The seafood tastes so good that you need to try once you come here. You can also stay overnight in the village and spend time to enjoy the silent and beautiful night of Cua Van floating village. According to journeyect.com, Cua Van village was voted as one of 15 beautiful ancient villages on over the world.
You can check these tour below that has the itinerary stop at Cua Van Floating Village:
- Halong Bay 2 days tour
- Annam Junk 2 days 1 night tour
- Orchid Cruise 2 days 1 night tour
- Huong Hai Junk 3 days 2 nights tour
That is all about the most beautiful floating village of Halong Bay. We hope you had a great time reading this post and get yourself helpful information. What is your plan for the next trip? Leave a comment below and share with us, we are willing to hear from you! Feel free to ask any question. To get the latest post, make sure to like and follow us on our website.
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