"We went to the village as a part of a tour and were taken by bamboo boat for a trip on the water around the village and nearby. This was a great way to have a close up look at the area. It is interesting to see how people live on the water. Most of the people have been removed from living full time on the water so it may not be around for much longer.
You also get taken to their perl farm with information on pearl farming and then a quick visit to the shop where they have lots of pearl jewllery to buy but you dont have much time to make your purchase. It is a tour so you cannot do your own thing but well worth visiting."
Halong Bay met een drijvend dorp
Floating villages, - what do you mean? Yes, far away there is a real community of people who live on the water with floating homes, schools and businesses. Sailing along floating village in Halong Bay you'll have the opportunity to meet the locals, to visit a small school and see what it's like everyday living above the most beautiful emerald sea.
Floating villages are among the most remarkable sights of Halong Bay. Most of the floating villages are on the World Heritage List: Ba Hang, Cua Van, Vung Vieng and Cong Dam. Among these villages belong Vung Vieng and Cong Dam in Bai Tu Long Bay to the least touristy. It is home of traditional floating villages, which date from the early nineteenth century.
Each fishing village has about 30-50 families with a population of about 200-600 people. In total there are about 400 families in the floating villages with about 1,800 residents. Because most of the islets in Halong Bay are too poor to grow anything, everyday life in the floating village is very hard and bad.
Food and water must be imported from the mainland and the largest source of income comes from fishing and some tourism activities. Residents bind the floating homes together to protect themselves against hurricanes and storms.
Children in the villages usually learn to swim before they can even walk. They help their parents at an early age and support by doing anything in the floating village, which they call their "home".
The village is a real water world. These houses come with the rising and falling with the tides, sheltered amid majestic limestone islands. The floating village is home to many generations. Many of the residents will never leave the floating village, but the village, where they are born, is old and unique in the world. The residents are inseparable from their environment.
Most of the junks which make a cruise through the Halong Bay, sail along these floating villages. They probably make a short stop at a fish farm and you can get an impression of everyday life in such a village. You might get a glimpse into the basic needs of the villagers. Some locals come to pick you up with their sampan to give you a glimpse into their village life."
Traditionally, each floating house in the floating village has a separate household. Beside that the house is also a raft or boat, which is always serves multiple functions. It's a home, a vehicle and a source of income.