Cua Van Fishing Village, one of the most charming villages around the world - Halong Junk Cruises

Cua Van Fishing Village, one of the most charming villages around the world

Cua Van Fishing Village

Traveling in Halong Bay, along with visiting magnificent caves and stunning islands, tourists should not miss to visit fishing villages in Halong Bay, such as: Ba Hang, Vung Vieng, Cua Van and Cap La, etc. Among them, Cua Van is the largest fishing village.

Cua Van is situated at Hung Thang Commune, Halong City, 20 kilometers away from the tourist boat wharf; the fishing village lies in a calm bay surrounded by mountain. The fishermen and fishing families of Halong Bay live on small floating houses anchored in sheltered coves at the bases of tall mountainous islands, thus deriving some natural protection from Mother Nature’s wrath in typhoon season.  There are 4 fishing villages in the World Heritage site: Ba Hang, Cua Van, Vung Vieng and Cap La with a total of 287 households and 1,283 people of which Cua Van is the largest. This is a habitat that has maintained both a tangible and intangible marine culture. Halong bay tours Vietnam

Cua Van Fishing Village

Cua Van Fishing Village

Cua Van Fishing Village is a small community with about 130 floating houses and around 700 residents living in the root of Ngoc Mountain. The village is one of the most attractive attractions in Ha Long Bay, not only because of its charming sceneries but also the unique lifestyle of the local people, which might not be met in any elsewhere. Visiting the village, tourists have a chance to experience the villagers’ daily life as well as the traditional culture and customs of the fishermen, who live in the World Heritage Area of Halong Bay. Travel North Vietnam

On Halong Bay, the houses in Cua Van Fishing Village connect to each other by small bridges. To some people, their houses are house but also their transportation and livelihood. They are fishing in good weather and looking for shelters in cave or land when there are storms. Their life is rustic and peaceful.

The houses in Cua Van Fishing Village connect to each other by small bridges

The houses in Cua Van Fishing Village connect to each other by small bridges

In Cua Van, the children learn to swim before they can walk and they row little bamboo-basket watercraft on their own, and amazingly deftly, when only about 5 or 6 years old. 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 Ha Long. 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.

The children go to school

The children go to school

Cua Van Fishing Village is appealing not only by beautiful natural scenery, bustling life activities but also by people of all environment conscious effort to preserve. At Cua Van, floating houses are all very clean, tidy. People took turns rotating scavenging sailing on the sea every day; water savings reduce the amount of waste to the marine environment. Cua Van now has become a tourist attraction and has been present in the itinerary of almost all tourist agencies.

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