Halong bay - Something you have to know (Part 3)
IV. Halong's Fishing Villages
1. Vung Vieng (Vong Vieng) floating village
As a large and age-old fishing village in Hạ Long bay, Vông Viêng 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, Cửa Vạn, Vông Viêng and Cặp La. After disembarking the mother boat, tourists will be transferred by rowing boats, tender boats, or doing kayaking to enter Vông Viêng fishing village.
There are about 50 families in the village and the population is between 200 and 300 residents, including nearly 100 children.
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 handmade items.
Visiting the village, tourists have a chance to enjoy “Vông Viêng 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 Hạ 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
2. Cua Van Fishing Village
Cua Van is situated at Hung Thang Commune, Halong City, 20km away from the tourist boat wharf, the fishing village lies in a calm bay surrounded by mountain.
Cua Van Village has a population of 733 in 176 households. They mainly earn their livelihood by fishing. This makes it ideal for anchoring boats here. Their floating houses look spacious and clean. The well-off families even have tiled roof houses with radios, television sets, tables and chairs, etc.
The village boasts a training establishment for their children. Over an area of 150m2 lies four classrooms and one small room for teachers. They are the first floating classrooms in Halong. At present, Cua Van has 7 classes, mainly in grade 1 and grade 2. The youngest pupil is 8, while the oldest one is 17.
It is interesting to see the rambunctious children going to school. Their bustling calling and their flopping rowing liven up the atmosphere of the quite bay. Looking at the small boats driven by tiny oars going to school, and the radiant faces of the children, one feels confident in a bright future for the fishing village.
Cua Van now has become a tourist attraction and has been present in the itinerary of almost all tourist agencies.