A small fishing village in the northern Vietnamese province of Quang Ninh has recently been listed among the world’s prettiest small towns by the American online news site Huffington Post.
Located in the well-known Ha Long Bay, the Cua Van fishing village made it onto the list which Huffington Post titled “11 Insanely Beautiful Small Towns From Around the World,” published on its site last weekend.
“Located six hours from Hanoi, this 700-person floating fishing village in Ha Long Bay is stunning, thanks to teal water, colorful raft houses, limestone hills and winding streets,” the site wrote about the Vietnamese locale.
Cua Van was voted among other beautiful towns around the world, including Sidi Bou Said in Tunisia, Bled in Slovenia, Franschhoek in South Africa, Annecy in France, Guilin in China, Reine in Norway, Vernazza in Italy, Paros in Greece, Queenstown in New Zealand and Salvador in Brazil.
“Sure, we love big, bustling cities. But there's something to be said for small towns where life moves slower, traditions are everywhere and the people stop to say hello,” the site explained.
Earlier in October last year, the Cua Van fishing village was also ranked ninth out of the 16 most beautiful coastal towns in the world by U.S. travel magazine Travel + Leisure, the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism said on its website.
Below are photos of Cua Van:
A local elder dries fish on her family's boat. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Foreign tourists have a boat trip around the village. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A fisherman prepares his fishing net. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Floating 'booths' selling foods for local people. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A kid helps his father in fishing. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Students row to Cua Van Elementary School. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Nguyen Van Nhi and his grand-daughter smile when sitting on a boat. Photo: Tuoi Tre