Visit Life in The Floating villages of Halong
One part of the daily life in Halong you may have visited is the floating villages where people’s home is on the shaky boats and depends mostly on the weather to struggle with life. Those rafts have been passed on from generations to generations with the handy hands built them up to be stronger and stronger, people’s lives are boats and also their houses on which covered the families through the storms. These age-old communities have formed a unique aquaculture that remoted from the rest of the bay.
Halong floating villages have been brought about in 19th centuries, away 25 kilometers from the mainland and now currently residents for more than 1,700 people, their major livelihood is fishing and depends on tourism for souvenirs and selling sea yields. As you visit here, you can see still-alive fishes, squids, crabs (especially the pre-historic ones) and how the life on boats happens daily.
The people had taken advantages of the height of the islands here to build up the village, which protected them from the strong winds and harsh weathers, also unexpectedly created a poetic picture of the floating fishing villages.
Someone here has said that children at Halong fishing villages know how to swim before they can walk, this statement proved that the sea is their regular part of life like the roads on ours. You can see many ways to adapt with the nature in these villages from hundreds of years ago – what we do the better more than any species on earth, and now here you’ll still be impressed how they can do their regular jobs but it’s incredible for you.
Up until now, only 4 fishing villages left in Halong Bay which are: Vung Vieng, Cua Van, Cong Dam, Ba Hang because with the economic developments, the villagers, again, adapt with modern society. In recent years, more people have withdrawn to the inland for industrial jobs or less floating life, but many people are still there, withstand the nature and the storms of the commercial tradings. Children who lived at these villages have an exceptional way to learn, it’s the floating schools, listening to the teacher on moving grounds will make kids less sleepy; some even swimming to get to the class.
Most of 4 villages can access by Halong cruise tours and always be favored by anyone, mostly by bamboo boats or you can go there while kayaking. Both ways have their special aspects. On the bamboo boats you will have a paddling man that guide you throughout the villages, he’ll tell you stories about the history of the villages, how they are struggling to live especially when the storms oscillate their boats, funny stories about how easy it is to let slip from the raft into the water, the life of the locals is as radiant as Halong. While with the kayaks you can freely go places you want and enjoy it on your own.
Cua Van Village is worth to mention because it situated in a unique position that no others have. The place that Cua Van was built up has sky-pierced islands but the village does not lay on them, it floated right on the center and receive whatever the conditions that nature gives to it unconcernedly, Cua Van’s like a pearl, the more nature whets, the brighter the pearl is. But more than the look, Cua Van has a very clean environment and populated inhabitants, tourists can eat, sleep and enjoy the local’s activities, traditional customs.
Ba Hang is the most exciting village to explore among the others, the cause of the name Ba Hang (Three Caves) is from the tide’s events, when it rises up or down, the caves will appear and you can explore them by kayaking but should avoid swimming in out-of-the-way waters because some vortexes still occur and draw the victims down
Cong Dam and Vung Vieng are only the places that have the coral reef in Halong Bay or maybe even in the north of Vietnam. At Cong Dam you’ll see some lovely beaches and a water valley set behind the village. For Vung Vieng, you can see the most age-old village of Halong that was added up by two former fishing village Giang Vong and Truc Vong so I can say Vung Vieng’s the most preserved tradition. The night-owlers can go fishing with the experienced fishermen and savor for what you’ve just caught.
No wonders why Halong Bay as the world’s natural heritage for its histories and the locals here have attributed every single beautiful by their daily works, the ways of life and the nature of people in here.