Vietnamese Floating Village

Vietnamese Floating Village - Vung Vieng

Our final day on the Dragon’s Pearl 2 brought us to the local Vietnamese floating village Vung Vieng. The village’s beauty speaks for itself, but what I found most interesting was the way of life and how it is coming to an end. According to our Indochina Junk guide, the Vietnamese government has been encouraging the residents of Vung Vieng (and other similar villages) to move to the mainland as part of its bay conservation effort and also to provide villagers with improved educational opportunities and financial mobility.

Vietnamese Floating Village - Vung Vieng    Vietnamese Floating Village - Vung Vieng

Vietnamese Floating Village - Vung Vieng

Vietnamese Floating Village - Vung Vieng

Vietnamese Floating Village - Vung Vieng

Vietnamese Floating Village - Vung Vieng    Vietnamese Floating Village - Vung Vieng

Vietnamese Floating Village - Vung Vieng

Over the last five years, the size of Vung Vieng has shrunk immensely. However, those left are committed to showing the beauty of their way of life, which in addition to fishing includes cultivating pearls. It was so interesting learning the methods for pearl production, especially after we had just taken a boat through their pearl farms.

Our Indochina Junk experience was, as I said on Wednesday, a highlight. Seeing the Vietnamese floating village of Vung Vieng was both informative and an interesting glimpse of such a different way of life in modern times.


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    • Yes, it really was. It as a stunning spot to witness and I feel so fortunate I was able to see it before that way of life become extinct.

    • Hi Cynthia!

      Thank you! Ryan and I used a Canon 6D and a 70-200 lens for the most part. You have inspired me to do a post on our equipment, so a post will be coming soon!

    • I could not have said it better myself Shireen. Taking this 5 month break really put so many of my previous goals into perspective. Life is too short to be “keeping up with the Jones'” which I was doing way too often.

  1. What a gorgeous, memorable place! It must have been amazing to get a first-hand look at the people who spend their lives on the water like that…I can’t even imagine!

    • It really did appear to be a tough, and physical life. One of the women rowing our boat looked to be in her 70s, however she seemed completely unfazed by the labor! She was one tough lady!

  2. What an amazing thing, I did not even know something like this existed! Thank you so much for sharing :) I bet you have the most amazing perspective on life from all of your traveling.. I need to get out there after school and do it like you do! I also just followed on you Insta, hope you’ll follow me back!!


  3. Vietnam is so beautiful, I’ve always wanted to go, especially the rice fields. I think it’s important to remember the old ways of life, though I can see how education/quality of life would be higher in the mainland. It seems the people are quite happy where they are.

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin’

  4. Looks so beautiful there! Sorry I haven’t commented in a while, I’ve been sorting some things out. Carry on having a wonderful time – I’ve been enjoying your Instagram pictures so much!!

    Emily x

    • Thank you Emily. I just got caught up reading your latest post and I am really excited to see what direction you choose to go. Good luck :)

  5. Learning their methods for pearl production must have been fascinating! The first image in this post is breathtakingly beautiful by the way, it really puts the sheer size into perspective :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

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