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Cua Van Village Halong Bay

Listed as one of the Top 16 most beautiful ancient villages in the world by Journeyetc.com, the Cua Van floating village is a unique wonder for fishermen. If you are too tired of urban and want to stay away city zone, let's come to Cua Van fishing village to immerse in the charming pristine natural scenery and friendly people here.

Fun facts you must know about the Cua Van Floating Fishing Village

Thanks to being ancient and retaining a distinctive traditional culture, Cua Van floating village offers a fully local experience tour that attracts hundreds of tourists daily. Let’s have “a quick look” at this fantastic floating village!

  • Cua Van was formed hundreds of years ago by discovering fishermen who went to the sea to find a place to avoid storms.
  • Come to this village, and you will be impressed by the idyllic beauty of the houses built by fishermen on the water blends with the magnificent natural landscape.
  • This is the home of 176 residents (about 750 individuals) relying mainly on fishing.
  • The village originates from two ancient fishing villages called Giang Vong and Truc Vo, which explains the spectacular culture of Cua Van.
  • Cua Van floating village with 12 rafts (including cultural houses, classrooms, etc.) has been preserved for tourism since then.

 Wonderful Cua Van Floating Village

Wonderful Cua Van Floating Village


Where is Cua Van Floating Village?

Cua Van fishing village is located in Hung Thang commune, Ha Long City, about 20km from the tourist pier. The village is a collection of houses floating on the water and is located in a calm sea, surrounded by majestic limestone mountains called Va Gia - Cua Van.

Arriving at the peaceful village, travelers easily get attracted by the beauty of every single detail, from the small boats sitting aside colorful traditional houses to fishing nets above the fresh green water. The whole view looks like a poetic painting maintaining all the primitive characteristics of a fishing village from ancient.


Best time to visit Cua Van Village

Located 10 km away from the cliffs of the sea, quite far from the shore, no whistling bikes or cars are booming but only exists the fishermen’s calling each other, harmonized with the beams on fishing boats. The life of this peaceful floating village is gently passing year by year. You can visit this fishing village any time of the year. But just remember, like, in the other fishing village, life here always depends on the weather. Therefore, you should avoid planning for your trip in August and September because those are stormy seasons in Halong Bay.

The most suitable time to travel and explore Cua Van fishing village is April to June. It will be sunny but not too harsh, ideal for experiencing sea tourism and exploring fishing villages. 

Visit Cua Van Floating Village by bamboo boat

Visit Cua Van Floating Village by bamboo boat


Things to do at Cua Van Village

Cua Van fishing village is an ideal destination not only for those who love peace but also for culture vultures who love to explore local life when visiting the World Natural Wonder of Halong Bay.

Immerse in the idyllic beauty of Cua Van fishing village.

An ancient unspoiled beauty, the charm of the houses built at the foot of the mountain, and the life imbued with traditional coastal culture will appear right in front of your eyes when visiting this peaceful village. One of the most famous travel tourism magazines in the world rated Cua Van Village of Top 16 most beautiful old villages in 2012.

Both souls and bodies of Cua Van villagers belong to the water, in which even children from 4 to 5 years old know how to paddle. All living and spiritual activities, from birth to death, take place right here, in the floating village.

The peaceful sense in the village

The peaceful sense in the village 

Come to Cua Van fishing village, and you will witness the life of more than 300 households living. In front of each house, there will be a boat parked. The houses are floating on the river, extremely simple, but they have fought the harsh sea life. The people of the fishing village are quite friendly. If you have an excursion to the village, you will be surprised by the friendly and welcoming local people. 

Participate in fascinating fishing village activities 

Cua Van’s locals are kind and friendly. When the night comes in, travelers can join the fishermen to row out fishing and have a nice meal with the fresh-caught fish on the boat for a fully local experience. The fishermen can take travelers to many interesting spots such as visiting the Tien Ong Cave and Ba Ham Lake, trekking, and fishing squid, ... on small wooden boats or baskets. Spending a night here is an excellent idea for you to truly get away from your busy lifestyle and properly find your most peaceful self of yours.


How to get to Cua Van Fishing Village? 

Since the village is far away from the mainland, you can refer to the following means to explore this ancient village perfectly:

How to get to Cua Van Village





Day boat

- Traveling in a large group 

- Just planning to visit in one day

- Carry from 30 to 50 people

Sharing tour (excluding meals):

- Route 1 ( for 4 hours) is about 100,000 - 150,000VND/person

- Route 2 (for 6 hours) is from 150,000 - 200,000 VND/person.


550,000 – 800,000 VND/hour


- Moves quite quickly, helping you to save travel time

- More time to explore the village in a day

1,000,000 - 3,500,000 VND/Cano


- Have more facilities and services than ships and canoes

- Experience all the high-class services, including dining, resting, enjoying the beautiful scenery

Up to the type of cruise that you choose

Booking a cruise tour is a good choice for travelers to come by Cua Van floating village. Nowadays, many overnight cruise trips can guarantee your fulfilled experience of visiting Cua Van floating village. You can choose “Ha Long Bay Cruise” as a preferred option. Travelers can explore themselves by rowing a kayak or boat for self-joy.


Travel Tips

A journey to Cua Van Village will be full of fantastic if you prepare carefully for yourself tips and knowledge before discovering. Here are some tips for you:

  • In peak season (in May and June), the Cua Van fishing village will be quite crowded, so you should consult and book a hotel room in advance to avoid running out of rooms.
  • Prepare personal belongings, comfortable clothes, a full hat, shirt, glasses, and sunscreen to avoid sunstroke and sickness
  • If you get seasick, prepare anti-sickness medicine in advance

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