Cua Van Floating Village – A Best place to admire the hidden treasures of Halong Bay

Cua Van Floating Village – The Largest Floating Village in Halong Bay

Upon reaching Halong Bay, most of us may be forced to exclaim “WOW” at the majesty and untamed beauty, which is infused in harmony with the various shapes of the limestone islands. In Halong Bay, there is a hidden gem that has been around for hundreds of years but many people still miss out. It is the floating village of Cua Van.

Join us to explore various perspectives of Halong Bay to admire the vivid sceneries and learn more about the simple life of fishermen in the Cua Van floating village.

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Children ride a basket to go to the classroom in Cua Van floating village

About 20 kilometers from Tuan Chau harbor, Cua Van fishing village is situated in Hung Thang commune of Halong City, Quang Ninh province. In between Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay, the village is home to more than 300 households whose main livelihood relies on fishing.

When you visit this fishing village, you will be in awe of its beauty and daily life here. Due to its distance from the city center, Cua Van Floating Village maintains its natural beauty and tranquility, giving visitors an idyllic ambiance.

In 2012, the floating village was named one of the 16 most stunning ancient villages in the world by, one of the most well-known travel websites in the world.

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How to get there?

Cua Van floating village is dozens of kilometers from the coast, so you can choose from one of the following ways to get there:

  • By canoe: Moving fast is a benefit of canoe travel. If you choose to travel by canoe rather than boat, you’ll have more time to tour the village because traveling by canoe takes less time to get there.
  • By cruise: Compared to boats and canoes, cruises offer more amenities and better services. You may take use of outstanding amenities on the Halong Bay Cruise, including fine dining, kayaking on the turquoise beach, visiting the Halong Bay caves, and admiring the sunset from the balcony. There are many cruise options available with selections ranging from 3-star to 5-star standard.

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  • If you only spend a day visiting Cua Van village, you can purchase your tickets at the harbor, over the phone, or even on some websites that are connected to service providers.
  • If your trip is longer and could continue up to two or three days, you must make a thorough plan in advance to make sure that you (and your group) will have accurate information of the date, time, and mode of transportation… A 3-day, 2-night package tour is favored since it is thought to be more economical than traveling alone without the assistance of travel agencies.
Cua Van fishing village, a beautiful ancient village

Three reasons why you would regret not seeing the floating village in Cua Van

Being one of 16 most beautiful ancient villages in the world

Cua Van floating fishing village is listed as one of the world’s top 16 most ancient villages by the renowned travel website, and with good reason. Cua Van distinguishes out among the various fishing villages in Halong Bay due to its fresher and more untamed beauty. Coming to this village, you can easily find colorful houses constructed of bamboo or wood floating on the calm water. Its beauty appears to be more perfect with the infusion of massive limestone blocks surrounding it.

There is a small fishing farm in front of the floating house where fish and other aquatic creatures are raised. Cua Van floating village, with its simple way of life, has won the hearts of countless travelers.

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Being considered as the “wealthiest” village in Halong Bay

Cua Van can be considered the “wealthiest” village in Halong Bay. The rafts here are tidy and clean. Rich households even have tile-roofed homes with radios, TVs, tables, and chairs, among other amenities.

To preserve the fishing village’s natural beauty, the majority of residents are not permitted to reside there.

The village originated from two ancient fishing villages, Giang Vong and Truc Vo, which explains the rich culture of Cua Van. Currently, Cua Van fishing village only has 12 rafts, including classrooms, cultural houses, cultural product display centers, and pearl farming centers, all of which are preserved for tourism.

Cua Van Village can be considered the “wealthiest” village in Halong Bay.

Observing the distinctive “life on water” of fishermen

About 20 km from Tuan Chau Harbour, the Cua Van floating town is situated in Hung Thang commune of Halong City. This village is home to 180 households (about 773 people) relying mainly on fishing.

The term “fishing village” is unfamiliar to visitors from other countries. Instead of living on land, people in fishing villages eat, sleep and work on rafts. They used to live and fish on the bay, cut off from the mainland. However, the local administration has now requested that they move to the mainland in order to preserve their natural beauty and to ensure better lives.

Although people have not lived here for a long time, fishermen still maintain the fishing village’s life such as fishing, seeding pearls, and weaving nets. Don’t miss exploring this special landscape as you can discover the unique side of Halong Bay!

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Life on water of fishermen in Cua Van Village

The Best time to visit Cua Van floating village

When is the best time to visit the floating village of Cua Van? The answer is October through September of the next year. You should especially avoid traveling in July and August, because these two months in Vietnam are frequently marked by numerous storms, tropical depressions, rain, and rough seas.

There are also two peak seasons from October to September of the following year, one for domestic tourists and one for foreign tourists. The peak season of year for foreign visitors to Cua Van and Halong Bay in general is from October to April of the following year.

Perhaps this is an ideal time for tropical nations like Vietnam, which have higher average temperatures and affordable travel expenses, to draw in foreign tourists over the winter and New Year holidays.

October through September are best time to visit Cua Van Fishing village

What to See and Do at Cua Van Floating Village?

You should typically spend one day and one night exploring Cua Van fishing village as there are many interesting things for you to experience, bringing you many everlasting memories.

The fishing village of Cua Van is the furthest point in Halong Bay and also serves as the last culmination for most cruises that explore the bay. After spending the first day touring Halong Bay by boat or cruise, you will stop at Cua Van fishing village where you will have wonderful experiences that evening and the next day.

Cua Van Floating Culture Center

Cua Van Floating Cultural Centre

The Cua Van Floating Cultural Centre is a location where traditional cultural values coming from the long-established fishing village are displayed and preserved.

In addition to hundreds of collections of archaeological antiquities, including old fishing implements dating back many centuries, it introduces a number of cultural and educational exchange activities.

In order for everyone to see and better understand the image of the ancient village, a number of documentaries and unique archival research photos are regularly shown.

Daily life of local fishermen

Daily life of local fishermen at Cua Van Village

As mentioned above, some local families still prefer to maintain their lives here during the daytime, even though the majority of residents have relocated to the mainland. Most fishermen consider the sea to be their homeland, and the boat to be their shelter.

As a result, they comfortably share all pleasures and sorrows and are one with the sea. Their children are used to swimming and boating, even facing risks and dangers from a very young age.

“Matchmaking” sing – traditional material for foreign tourists


Since ancient times, fishermen have created the songs “Matchmaking” to color their daily lives. There are songs that convey cultural values, priceless traditions, and knowledge passed down from their ancestors. Some songs also teach us about fishing through the inventive and original discourse between men and women.

You can also see couples performing catchy tunes while standing on boats in the Cua Van village and wearing colorful traditional costumes. You will never again be able to hear these old folk songs anywhere else, so don’t miss the “matchmaking” performances!

Kayak – the best way to explore the idyllic fishing village

Kayaking is unquestionably the best option if you want to take charge of your trip and independently explore every part of the fishing village of Cua Van. You ought to join a kayak tour and follow along with a guide, according to locals’ experiences, as they will lead you to explore the caves and floating villages of Halong Bay.

Service fees:

  • Hiring a kayak: 100.000 VND/h
  • Hiring a local tour guide: 60.000 VND/h

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Kayaking at cua van village

Take a bamboo boat ride with many untold stories

If you’re not confident in your abilities, let’s rent a wooden boat or a basket boat. Unlike luxury yachts, small 6-person basket boats can help you get closer to nature in Cua Van floating village.

Imagine yourself in a little boat, floating in the calm sea, gazing out at the towering limestone mountains, listening to the boatmen’s fascinating tales of fishing village life and “fishing hunting” tips. The boatman may take travelers to a variety of exciting tourist spots, including the Tien Ong cave, Ba Ham lake, trekking and squid fishing, among others. What a fantastic trip you must try!

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Take bamboo boat trip at cua van floating village

TOP famous tourist destinations near Cua Van Floating Village

To experience Halong Bay to the fullest, below is some recommended attractions near Cua Van Floating Village:

  • Vung Vieng fishing village: The village was founded in the early 19th century, a very long time ago. Visitors to the fishing town of Vung Vieng can partake in traditional cultural activities, take in the picturesque surroundings, and learn about fishermen’s daily lives.
  • Thien Cung Cave: As one of the most spectacular caves in Quang Ninh, Thien Cung cave covers an area of more than 10,000 square meters. The most unique feature of this cave is a sizable hole inside it that lets sunlight stream through and illuminates the area, making it appear glittering and impressive.
  • Kim Quy Cave: A location connected to the legend of Kim Quy (Golden Turtle), is another well-known tourist spot close to Cua Van Fishing Village that you shouldn’t miss. When visiting this cave, you will enjoy admiring the stunning scenery of stalactites built up over hundreds of years.
  • Quan Lan Island: Quan Lan Island in Quang Ninh is unquestionably the ideal getaway thanks to its pristine white sand, beautiful beaches, bright sunshine, and calm waves. Because tourism is not developed yet on this island, it still retains its natural beauty.

In addition to the aforementioned locations and Cua Van Floating Village, there are still a number of other must-visit tourist attractions in Halong, including Ti Top Island, Bai Tu Long Bay, Tuan Chau Island, Sung Sot Cave, etc.

TIPS FOR the best experience in Cua Van Fishing Village

  • The best time to visit Cua Van fishing village in Halong Bay is from April to June, when the weather is typically sunny but not harsh and perfect for taking part in exciting activities.
  • Make sure to bring comfortable clothes, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun.
  • You should bring motion sickness medicine if you are prone to seasickness.
  • During peak season, Cua Van Floating Village can be quite crowded, so you should book a hotel room in advance to avoid the risk of running out of rooms.
  • Don’t give money or candy to children when visiting. Why? Because if you give them money, they won’t like to go to school. If possible, you can prepare some notebooks and pencils for the children.

Cua Van floating village is truly a destination not to be missed in Ha Long Bay and the S-shaped country. If you need additional information, do not hesitate to contact HANOI EXPLORE TRAVEL TEAM. We’re always willing to assist you in creating unique and unforgettable experiences.



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