The Floating Communities of Vietnam

A community, people, houses , markets, and shops, all floating in the middle of an incredible landscape. The Halong Bay is one of the popular postcards of Vietnam, with its beauty and wonder.

In Halong Bay, what’s lacking is the flat terrain between mounds of karst origin, islands and small rocks emerge in the water. The rich fishing grounds of the place was enough for many to think about living on floating structures and a permanent stay in the water without direct contact with the mainland.

In the floating villages in Halong Bay, their lifestyle is completely dependent to fishing and shellfish extraction. Unable to grow crops in the area, the villagers live on fishing every morning and go in search of sustenance.

The best known floating communities are those of Cua Van, Ba Hang, Cong Tau, Vong Vieng. Its people also manage to practice marine aquaculture. Even if the waters are shallow and calm, it is inhabited by dozens of species of fish and shellfish. Despite what looks like an idyllic place, population growth and tourism are taking their toll on these communities. However, it seems that nothing comes to overshadow the beauty of one of the most beautiful bays in the world.

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