Photographer's Note

Halong Bay about 3 hours away from Hanoi is one of those unmissable natural wonders that should be on everyone’s list when in Vietnam. UNESCO WHS since 1994, a place of outstanding natural beauty, the bay is dotted with thousands of amazing limestone karst islands and islets jutting out of the tranquil deep green and blue water which give this area a fascinating allure and the illusion of never ending expanse. Laid back, the scenery sometime looks eerie but unique.

There are a number of floating villages with a few thousands people making their homes on the waters of the bay. Most of them simply make ends meet from what's on offer below the water surface by fishing or collecting mollusk and pearl farming, while some others selling food and household stuff etc. These villages are well sheltered behind those islets for their protection from the wind and storms, this assures that life can be lived as simply as it can. Interestingly most of the dwellers spend their entire lives on water, stepping foot on land only to buy household supplies or to sell their catches. They seem to be able to adapt and live in contentment with the little that they have, floating within the majesty of the steep limestone cliffs jutting of the sea.

This picture shows fraction of the floating communities going about their everyday life by selling fruits to passing visitors from their row canoes.

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