Halong Bay is one of Vietnam’s top tourist attractions, drawing more than 5 million visitors a year to the area, about half of them foreigners. Many visitors stay overnight on wooden boats. These are mostly fake junks that look roughly like junks, but they have a couple small, unfunctional sails and operate with an engine.
The floating village is home to generations of fishing families and many of the residents never leave, but grow up and grow old in this tiny unique world they are born into.
The children learn to swim before they can walk and they row little bamboo-basket watercraft on their own, and amazingly deftly, when only about 5 or 6 years old.When cruising on Halong Bay, those who are lucky enough to visit are captivated by the community and its distinctive way of life.