A village of about 600 inhabitants built on the water can be found in Halong Bay. It is a magically calm place, an escape from the hustle of Vietnam streets. The village is a true waterworld, rising and falling with the tides, sheltered amidst limestone towers. The village resembles another floating village in Cambodia
, which in contrast is much larger and poorer. However in Halong Bay, the atmosphere is different -- there are less beggars, as if people came here by choice. With nearby-city Hanoi and its insanely dangerous traffic
, it is easy to see why one might be happier here, at the crossroad of sea and sky.
Halong Bay can be reached from a 3 hour bus ride from Hanoi. Most travelers book a cruise, which can be arranged online or with your hotel once you arrive in the city. I booked my trip as a 3-day cruise with Indochina Sails
, and we spent an evening rowing through the tranquil village.
For more photos of the area, please see the related stories on Ha Long Bay
, Caves of Ha Long Bay