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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Visiting Vong Vieng floating village in Halong bay

As a large and age-old fishing village in Ha Long bay, Vong Vieng attaches great historical and cultural value and has currently attracted lots of tourists.

There are 4 fishing villages in the World Heritage site: Ba Hang, Cua Van, Vong Vieng and Cap La, A village of about 600 inhabitants. After disembarking the mother boat, tourists will be transferred by rowing boats, tender boats, or doing kayaking to enter Vong Vieng fishing village.

It is a magically calm place, an escape from the hustle of Vietnam streets. There are about 50 families in the village and the population is between 200 and 300 residents, including nearly 100 children. The village is a true waterworld, rising and falling with the tides, sheltered a midst limestone towers. These families have lived in this village for generations. Their floating houses look spacious and clean. The well-off families even have tiled roof houses with radios, television sets, tables and chairs, etc. There is one community house here where villagers come to have meetings. Here is also the place tourists stopover to shop some traditional hand made items.


Visiting the village, tourists have a chance to enjoy “Vong Vieng night” which is considered an attractive and original tourism product. In the evening, under the soft light of the moon and the oil lamps, tourists sit on woven bamboo boats, breathe fresh air, listen to duel love songs, drop flower garlands and colored lanterns for luck and see the fishermen catching marine products. Tourists get strange and unforgetable feeling after enjoying this special kind of tourism product.

In addition, the fishing village festival is held once a year during the Ha Long Tourism Week. In the festival, tourists can take part in a variety of activities will be held such as folk song singing contest, food processing competition, swimming competition, boat handling competion, etc.

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