Floating villages are among the most special attractions of Halong Bay. There are some villages in the World Heritage Site: Ba Hang, Cua Van, Vung Vieng and Cong DaMorning Foggy In Halong Baym. Among them, Vong Vieng and Cong Dam villages belong to Bai Tu Long Bay in a less touristy area.
Most of the junks and cruises would pass by one of these floating villages and would probably make a short stop at a fish farm to observe daily life or just for the visitors to have a peek into the basic living of the villagers.
Daily life in fishing village
Each fishing village has about 30 – 50 families with the population of around 200 – 600 people. As most of the rock islands in the area are too poor to be cultivated, daily life in the village is very hard and poor. Food and water are imported from the mainland; the main income is from fishing and tourism activities.
The village is a true water world, rising and falling with the tides, sheltered amidst limestone towers. Visitors will see the floating school, where the children go. The village also survives from tourism. They have a deal with the cruise companies who bring them tourists to paddle around their homes.
“For a Green Halong Bay” program, founded by Indochina Junk has contributed a little to the floating lives by helping local people protect environment and generate income through tourism activities. The project of collecting garbage, repairing Styrofoam by plastic one, raising fish clean, mangrove forestation has been launched.
Visitors here are lured in by the beautiful fishing village – little houses on the water, groups of living house tied together to defend against storms and typhoons, the simple and honest fishermen and the sunburnt faces of the innocent little children. It is all peaceful and charming.