Halong Bay tours are one the best Vietnam cruises (and probably in all of Asia) thanks to the diversity of activities provided and destinations to discover (Halong Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay, Lan Ha Bay and the National Park of Cat Ba Island). Visiting a fishing floating village and meeting the local population on a typical Halong Bay boat (called a basket boat) is a beautiful experience according to visitors.
Nowadays, almost all Halong Bay tours offer to explore one of the 4 existing floating villages. There are around 250 locals living in these typical houses, and around 100 of them are kids. Their main source of income comes from fishing, which the men then sell on the land.
The tasks are divided between men and women, and it’s the women who take care of driving visitors on the famous basket boats. It is far more difficult to control that it seems, but foreigners are welcome to try it out, laugh guaranteed!
The tour of Vung Vieng floating village, located in Bai Tu Long Bay, is divided in 5 parts:
– Tour of the area by basket boat
– Tour of the school
– Tour of the community floating home
– Stop at “the village’s gate”
– Visit the pearl farm
These extraordinary Halong Bay accommodations are built on water and are just tied up to rocks by ropes. The local authority recently launched negotiations to relocate these populations living on Halong Bay on land as it can be unsafe during big storms, and to limit their impact on environment.
It is possible to visit a village in Halong Bay with Bhaya Cruises. Follow this link to find out our cruises tours to Vung Vieng village in Halong Bay: www.aucocruises.com.