Cua Van Floating Village

Cua Van Floating Village, Halong Bay: Address, Cua Van Floating Village Reviews: 4/5

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CT94010
SF236 contributions
Mar 2018 • Friends
If you are on a cruise, its a nice boat ride with a local village women at the helm rowing, and beautiful scenery. At the end of the tour you find out about the pearl farm and there's a jewelry store, and the prices looked reasonable, but I had no basis to compare with mainland stores.
Written April 9, 2018
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Hi-there-all
Greater Sydney, Australia285 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
We hired one of the locals who rowed us around the village and one of the islands. She was amazing and did a fantastic job taking us around the island.
Written June 6, 2019
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Wally R
4 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Just in case you are going on Halong Bay you've to experience the opportunity to head to a floating fishing village. You're competent to borrow a kayak and make your own way within the islands and definitely the village or the natives will provide you a modest pontoon type boat and row you within the area. It is fascinating to believe that these people basically live the life of theirs with the water, along with their children & pets. A sobering thought for almost all individuals but an area you've to find out. I was extremely happy being a chance to see it along with the Halong Bay trip of ours. It was truly rather a site to find out how people still maintain the method of theirs of living in this manner for hundreds of years.
Written May 19, 2019
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ChrisA2107
London, UK199 contributions
Apr 2016 • Couples
As other reviews say, there are various cruise boats that go here, but they seem to space the drop offs of visitors out, so it doesn't get too busy. Many people kayak around the bay or you can have on of the locals paddle you around on a bamboo boat. We went for this latter option. The tour lasted about 45 minutes and it was fascinating seeing how they lived here. The whole place is very tranquil and beautiful. Whilst to local taking you around doesn't tell you anything, the staff from our cruise gave us a lot on info on the background of these people, which added a lot. If you are interested in different cultures and ways of life, definitely worth a visit.
Written April 2, 2016
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konshoe
Ipoh, Malaysia614 contributions
Oct 2014 • Friends
If we were just on board the ship and stared at the passing scenery for 6-hour, that would be a rather impersonal way to admire the natural appeal of Halong Bay. Fortunately for us, the trip included 2 highlights to dispel the monotony - a visit to the floating villages.

The young lady rower was one of the villagers and her life was spent mostly over the waters, being as familiar with the bay as we were with city blocks. In strong strodes she silently worked the oars, silent except for answering our questions or when pointing out an interesting spot. In short conversations, we got to know that she was in her teens yet her strength and skill of rowing a vessel with the weight of 7 belied her age.

At the end of the circuit we returned to the floating village and for the first time I had a good look at the structures. They looked dilapidated at closer inspection but the vibrant paint jobs hide that fact from a cursory glance. Although the sampan tour was paid for in the ticket and, unlike some others, she did not ask for a tip, we still chose to give her some as a small form of encouragement.
Written September 19, 2015
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Padmashri
Hyderabad, India14 contributions
Dec 2018
While we were on our journey into the waters of Ha Long Bay, our tour guide asked us to get come outside and get down.
I was shocked, thinking why would anyone ask us to get down in the middle of the sea ?
And that's is when we noticed this floating village.
People actually live here, right in the middle of the sea, so close to all elements of the nature.
The floating village is made of bamboo blocks tied together with blue drums keeping it afloat. There were tiny huts, stalls and a kayak section. This is definitely worth the visit.
Written November 15, 2019
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Brilliant Pottery
Palm Beach, FL30 contributions
Oct 2019
Great place to use the Kyacks and explore the inlet. Also to see the locals. 1 hour is more than enough time to see.
Written October 13, 2019
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Margaret C
Sydney, Australia496 contributions
Oct 2019
We had the opportunity to visit the village without the normal crowds which was unique and had a private tour through the pearl area.
Written October 7, 2019
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Debra H
Camberley, UK55 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
This was a great experience, we went on a small boat and were taken around the floating village on a small row boat, the lady scooped the water out before we got in! It was raining heavily but it didn't deter from the visit. In the visitors centre we learnt about the history of the village and the staff even offered to sing us a traditional marriage song for us.
Written June 23, 2019
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Profbob
Melbourne, Australia8 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
As part of our Halong Bay trip it was an interesting visit to see how people lived on a floating village but it could not help being a bit commercial because of its location.
Written June 8, 2019
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