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Halong Travel Guide

Paradise Suites Hotel is the very first luxury boutique hotel on the shores of Halong Bay.
It aims at extending the enchantment and humble majesty of the mythical seascape
inland. Even if Paradise Suites Hotel’s guests are staying on land,

Floating Villages of Ha Long Bay

The UNESCO World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay, while most famous for its spectacular karst landscape is also home to a rich cultural history. The floating villages that dot the Bay are a living history, and offer a fascinating insight into a way of life that still exists despite modern influences.

Ba Hang Village

Ba Hang is one of the most popular fishing villages because it is located near Thien Cung and Dau Go Grottoes and is easy to access. Ba Hang is more susceptible to tidal flows than other floating villages in Ha Long Bay, which give tourists the opportunities to explore hidden caves and grottoes.

Fishing is still the main livelihood for the village, but villagers have also embraced tourism and offer tourists a range of services including sea transportation. Tourists can also taste freshly caught and cooked seafood, and those who are “hands on” can join the locals while they catch squid and other fish.

Vung Vieng Village

Nestled in Bai Tu Long Bay and only 24 km from the mainland, Vung Vieng is a charming village that retains much of its traditional character.  The villagers are friendly and enjoy interacting with tourists, keen to educate visitors in the range of activities that form part of village life and help retain their culture.

During annual Ha Long Tourism Week, Vung Vieng is host to a fishing festival and visitors are encouraged to participate in a range of competitions and contests: folk singing, boat handling, cooking and swimming.

Cua Van Village

The largest of the floating villages in Ha Long, Cua Van has a population of around 700 individuals but still retains its traditional way of life despite the number of tourists that visit every year. Guests can either kayak through the waters of the village, or have a local row them skilfully past the tiny, floating houses.

The villagers of Cua Van are keen environmentalists and head out into the Bay daily, sweeping the ocean for rubbish, helping to keep the area clean.

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