The Floating Villages

The Floating Villages

Long before Halong Bay became the tourist attraction that it is today, the ancient Viet people lived on and around the area, fishing the rich waters, the islands of the bay being too harsh and rocky to be cultivated. Some of these communities still exist today, making a living from both fishing and tourism and retaining their fascinating, unique way of life. Composed of floating wooden houses that rise and fall with the tides, each village is home to 30-50 families, and often have a floating school. Halong Bay cruises include a visit to one of Halong Bay’s floating villages – this is the perfect way to witness the daily life of these water-dwelling people.

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holiday duration 12 Days from
holiday price 2,090pp

Relish Vietnam’s distinct and energetic character as you journey from Saigon in the south up to Hanoi in the north. Explore the country’s turbulent past, meet the friendly, resilient locals, and get lost in spectacular panoramas on this two-week tour of discovery.

holiday duration 18 Days from
holiday price 2,590pp

Appreciate the very best of Vietnam’s wonderful sights with a leisurely itinerary that takes you from the verdant Mekong Delta and booming Saigon in the south to graceful Hanoi and magnificent Halong Bay in the north with captivating landscapes and rich heritage in between.

holiday duration 10 Days from
holiday price 1,990pp

The perfect snapshot of a captivating country, delve into Vietnam’s energetic cities, fascinating heritage and compelling landscapes on this whistle-stop tour. See the sights of stately Hanoi and exuberant Saigon whilst savouring the breath-taking scenery of Halong Bay and the Mekong Delta.

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The Floating Villages

There are four floating villages in the UNESCO World Heritage area – Ba Hang, Cua Van, Vung Vieng and Cong Dam

The floating villages fish early in the morning and sell their catches to large boats to take to market on the mainland

As well as fishing in the traditional sense, the floating villagers also raise fish in netted enclosures

The communities on the bay today date from the early 19th century

All the houses, boats and floats are tied together to keep the community safer during storms and bad weather

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