Top 5 Most Beautiful Halong Bay Floating Villages
Before Halong Bay was recognized by UNESCO as a world natural heritage, and before Halong was opened for tourism, a lot of people lived and made their living on the bay. These fishermen gathered as communities to support each other in work and life, created several floating villages in Halong Bay really long ago, and still exist now. Let’s discover some beautiful ancient floating villages in the article below.
Originally there were many floating villages that existed in Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay in the old time. The life of the people living in these villages was hard and limited, especially for children going to school. Vietnam's government was making a huge effort to support these families by providing them jobs and housing to bring them onto the mainland.
Nowadays, only a small number of families live in these fishing villages, keep their ancestors' traditional jobs, and contribute to the tourism industry a really interesting product that is an unlockable part of Halong Bay tourism.
Coming to Halong Bay, you will not want to regret not visiting one of the floating villages. All of them are amazing, but each is different from the others. All in all, they add up to the already colorful Halong Bay that is famous to foreigners who come to Vietnam.
1. Cua Van Floating village
Cua Van floating village is an extremely famous floating community located between Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay, which was once included in the list of 16 most beautiful ancient villages in the world in 2012 by the travel website Journeyetc.com. The fishing village is located in Hung Thang commune, Halong city, about 20km from the Tuan Chau tourist pier.
The whole scene is clusters of floating houses in a calm sea, surrounded by majestic limestone mountains. The ancient features, graceful natural beauty, and typical traditional culture make Cua Van floating village an attractive spot for domestic and international tourists.
Since the village is far away from the mainland, booking a yacht ticket is a good choice for travelers to come by Cua Van floating village. Nowadays, there are many overnight tour yachts that can guarantee your fulfilling experience of visiting Cua Van floating village. You can look for Lan Ha Bay Cruise as a preferred option. Travelers can explore themselves by rowing a kayak or boat from a yacht for self-joy.
Cua Van Floating Village
2. Vung Vieng Floating Village
Vung Vieng is a large floating village with long-standing inhabitants living in Halong Bay. Taking around 1 hour of cruising from Bai Chay port, Vung Vieng is the second largest fishing village on Halong Bay after Cua Van fishing village. With unique features in the landscape, customs and tourism services, Vung Vieng is increasingly attracting domestic and international tourists with a new type of tourism - the travel experience.
Vung Vieng is a place to attract thousands of tourists every day because the beautiful scenery, clean and special still retain the pristine features of a traditional fishing village. There are some Halong Bay overnight cruise options in which you can spend a night in this beautiful floating village and get stuck into some nighttime squid fishing under the watchful supervision of the experts.
Vung Vieng Floating Village
The variety of activities and chance of exposure to the real-deal Halong Bay culture is why visiting the tops of the floating village has so many lists of best places to visit in Halong Bay.
3. Ba Hang Floating Village
Ba Hang is an ancient floating fishing village located in Ha Long Bay, about 3 km south of Tuan Chau Port. In this floating village, only about 50 households are mainly engaged in fishing. When you visit Ba Hang floating village, tourists will surely be extremely surprised to witness a fishing village with such a simple life.
A family in Ba Hang fishing village lives in houses that are only about 5-10 m2 wide with simple equipment and furniture. However, visitors can still see the optimistic and friendly smiles of Ba Hang fishing villagers when visiting this place.
Located nearby the Dau Go-Thien Cung caves area, you can easily book a cruise tour visiting Ba Hang floating village departing from Tuan Chau harbor.
Ba Hang Floating Village
4. Cong Dam Fishing Village
Isolated from the mainland, Cong Dam, the oldest and smallest floating village in Halong Bay is a destination not a lot of tourists get to visit. The area is unspoiled, clean, and remains relatively undeveloped. It has a population of around 120 people and these people keep the old fishing cultures of their ancestors alive till the present. On the island, there is a small museum and school and it is surrounded by Bai Tu Long Bay’s famous limestone karsts, islets, and beautiful beaches.
The area also has a high concentration of coral reefs and underwater lakes which are hidden inside the limestone mountains. Visiting Cong Dam floating village, besides kayaking or visiting around by the local-ride bamboo boats, you can have a chance to visit the Pearl Farm that is there.
Cong Dam fishing village
It was fascinating to see how they implant the oysters and "farm" and harvest the pearls. The floating jewelry store here would challenge many stores on Fifth Avenue in NYC! To visit Cong Dam, you can sign up for the Bai Tu Long Cruise which included visiting it.
5. Hoa Cuong Fishing Village
Belongs to Halong Bay, Hoa Cuong fishing village is encompassed by the majestic limestone hills rising from the sea, making an impressive painting of the World Natural Heritage. Situated in a corner of the limestone islands and islets, Hoa Cuong is where tourists can see the islands like a huge wall to protect the village against storms. Small houses built on the rafts look like in the fairy tales are the most popular image you can see in this peaceful village.
Although daily life in a fishing village takes place on the sea, it is not monotonous. Their calling at a distance and rowing live up the atmosphere of the quiet bay. Especially, when the floating village has a festival or wedding, you will hear the locals sing teaser songs with funny melodies.
Let's see what to do at Halong floating village with our Top 25 Fabulous Things to Do in Halong Bay.
Hoa Cuong Floating village
Hopefully, you have a wonderful time visiting these fishing villages in Halong Bay, and it is recommended that you visit at least one of them during your trip to the beautiful bay of Vietnam. Visit our website Bestpricetravel.com for more information on the best Halong Bay cruise deals.
Image source: Internet