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.
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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