Ben Beo – Lan Ha Bay’s Marvelous Floating Fishing Village

Like her world-famous neighbor Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay offers an equally breathtaking seascape of countless lush, green islands and mysterious emerald waters. Lan Ha delights in quiet tranquility due to her remote location at the southeastern end of the largest island in the Gulf of Tonkin named Cat Ba.  Unlike Halong, she is relatively unknown but entices visitors with her hidden charm.

Nestled within a cluster of limestone islets lies the timeless Ben Beo floating fishing village. As one of the last of its kind, this fascinating community on water is home to approximately 300 families who earn their livelihoods through fishing and aquaculture, as they have done for centuries. While some live on actual fishing boats, most households are essentially small, one-bedroom houses built on wooden rafts.

The amiable locals are quite welcoming and happy to show their floating habitats to outside visitors, who rarely pass by this far flung corner of the bay.

Whereas the Vietnamese government has passed a directive compelling residents of similar fishing villages in Halong Bay to move onto land due to a variety of factors (namely the lack of healthcare and education in the sea), Ben Beo is still teeming with life today, as children here are able to take a water taxi to and from their school on nearby Cat Ba Island.

Discover the hidden treasure of Ben Beo exclusively on Heritage Line’s bespoke 3-Day/2-Night journey along with other distinct adventures in the remote Lan Ha Bay, such as island cycling or a stress-free, slow-paced mid-afternoon indulging in spa treatments aboard or lagoon kayaking.