Halong Bay tours: What no one tells you about Cua Van fishing village


Cua Van fishing village is probably not so strange to travelers in Halong Bay tours. Nonetheless, despite its uniqueness, the culture there is not as famous as the beauty of the village. Today, we are going to look at the most interesting cultural traits that can only be seen in the village.

It was formed by two different villages

You will be listening to this a lot while following a tour guide in Halong Bay group tours. The start of Cua Van was from two fishing villages, which are Truc Vong and Giang Vong. After many years, they, together with other islands, have become one essential tourist spot in Halong Bay.


Cua Van fishing village

The fishing village is the home of about 300 residents and over 750 citizens. Despite being formed by two different fishing villages, having distinguished culture, the people here have been living in harmony for a very long time. Not only did the culture of the two villages not clash but also integrated and thrived to become one as we can see today.

And that culture, as well as the village’s spiritual values, are still excellently preserved by the generations of fishermen in the village.

The locals love fishing

Fishing is not just a regular job in Cua Van. It is a traditional occupation, which has been handed down on a great number of generations. This feature is shown in the way fishermen work. You can clearly observe how they fish by taking part in private tours or group tours.

There are only 2-3 steps but each of them requires high patience and preciseness. The most important one is to spread the net, which sounds very easy but quite hard to complete. The ground is that the net can quickly get messy if you are not careful. However, the fishermen in Cua Van Village fulfill it within 5 seconds. They have to be incredibly qualified to do that.

Another thing which reveals how much they love their work is the floating houses. Instead of living in a brick house onshore, the fishermen choose to live in floating houses in the middle of the sea. It means that they eat, play, and even sleep with fishing as well as with the ocean. And that is a special cultural trait that not many fishermen can have.

All of the citizens are fishermen

Because your children will have a chance to learn a lot while visiting Cua Van fishing village, it is a perfect place for Halong Bay tours for families. They will be able to know what is needed to become a fisherman. And more importantly, they will discover that there are children who have entirely different lives from them.


Children in the village

In Cua Van fishing village, everyone, even kids, is a fisherman. Children here learn how to row and swim when they are only 4 to 5 years old. When they are little older, their fathers will teach them how to release the bait and draw the net. And by the time they are grown up or even get married, they will have been a professional fisherman.

Their children will do the same thing that they did. This has been a tradition as well as an exclusive culture of Cua Van for such a long time.

Unique customs

If you are lucky, you will have an opportunity to listen to folk songs sung by the locals. They appear only when there is a festival for celebration, such as a wedding or Tet Holiday.

Hat gheo and Hat cheo duong are the most common ones. They are a type of art, where male and female singers sing love duets in pairs. But Hat cheo duong is more unusual, expressing the particularity of the culture in the village. The singers’ stage is usually on jolly-boats.

Also, the lyrics of the songs display a large number of historical traits, customs, and routines of the locals. Their connotation is very diverse with many emotional levels. And the melody is slow, smooth, and extremely romantic.

The locals love their home no matter what

A feature that makes the trip to Cua Van village one of the best tours in Vietnam is the fishermen’s friendliness and kindness. Although the people here are not privileged, they seem to be completely satisfied with their lives.


Floating houses

That is why they look so optimistic and always smile to others. And if you ever ask them whether they would leave their village someday, the answer is always no. They love their home, their work, and their life even though they have to support themselves by doing manual labor. This is probably the most prominent characteristic in Halong Bay tours that you can notice. And it is also the spirit that all of us should learn from.

Author Since: Jan 16, 2019

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