Cua Van fishing village, where has been voted as one of The 16 most beautiful coastal destinations by Travel & Leisure Magazine, now once again appeals tourists for its exclusive floating market that is especially the living habits and culture of fisherman in the region.
Cua Van Floating Fishing Village is located in the heart of the world natural heritage – Halong Bay. Cua Van Fishing Village belongs to Hung Thang Ward, Halong City, Quang Ninh Province with most of the residents engaged in fishing and aquaculture and live in raft houses made from wooden planks. Cua Van fishing village with the grand limestone mountains and fishing villages is extremely romantic and leave a distinct impression on visitors when they come to this magical land where mountains meet ocean, land meets sky.
Morning is the best time to visit Cua Van Fishing Village. Like other fishing villages, when the Bay is still dim and shrouded in mist, inhabitants here often wake up. Then the floating market starts its day as well. The atmosphere is pretty bustling and crowded. The floating market usually starts at 4 or 5 in the morning before dawn and ends when the sun rises higher at 9 or 11am. Fresh fruits and vegetables such as pineapple, banana, dragon fruit, water melon, cucumber and cabbage are the principle goods at the market. And of course at that time, night fishing boats return with full of fishes, then locals are rushing to collect fishes to sold in local markets.
Not so crowded like Mekong Delta in Southern Vietnam, Cua Van Village has a population of more than 700 whose main earnings is from fishing so at the market there are a majority of villagers exchanging and trading the seafood they caught and all types of daily foods that seems quite to raise in among waterway region.
Accordingly, visiting floating market and the fishing village within a Halong Bay tour also mean tourists will have a chance to experience the daily life as well as traditional culture and customs of locals here. Unlike the morning, when the sun rises, seascapes on the Bay appear so breathtaking and pretty with images of bustling fishing villages where many local boats are moving to transfer students to schools and tourists to visit and explore the village and Halong Bay. Cua Van fishing village appeals tourists not only with gorgeous natural scenery, bustling life activities but also with people trying as best as they can to preserve environment to make everywhere in Cua Van fishing village clean and tidy. Residents take turns rotating scavenging sailing on the sea, collecting trash every day and reduce the amount of waste to the marine environment.