Located 24 km from the ferry terminal at Halong Bay, Vung Vieng Fishing Village belongs to the heart of Bai Tu Long Bay as one of the spots off the beaten track and can only be approached by sea. Also known as Vong Vieng, this village will give visitors
Located 24 km from the ferry terminal at Halong Bay, Vung Vieng Fishing Village belongs to the heart of Bai Tu Long Bay as one of the spots off the beaten track and can only be approached by sea. Also known as Vong Vieng, this village will give visitors a sound excuse to paddling over the turquoise water, get close to the myriad limestones, and discover the cultural life of the fishermen.
Vung Vieng Fishing Village
Halong Bay’s inhabitants
The inhabitants of the World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay lived their lives in coexistence with the sea even before it was discovered as a destination. Their lives have become so attached to the bay’s waves and winds that they live in floating houses and form floating village lasted for generations. There are 04 fishing villages in Halong Bay: Hang Village, Cua Van Village, Vung Vieng Village, and Cap La Village.
Floating Community Houses in Vung Vieng Village
Out of the four, Vung Vieng is the one with fewer visitors. Nestled among the limestone peaks, the village is sheltered from the ocean waves or strong winds, especially in typhoon season. There are about 50 families living in clusters of houses anchored within the natural protection of surrounding mountainous islands. The population is between 200 and 300 residents with nearly 100 children.
The village’s traditional income came solely from fishing in exchange for food they cannot cultivate and water they have to import from the mainland. Visitors to Halong Bay now bring them another supplemental sum by providing rowing boat services. However, the floating village still keeps its traditional character and enchanting beauty of boats, nets, houses, and simple yet hospitable people.