Top 10 Floating Villages Across The World

By Renuka Shahane on Nov 30, 2015
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Imagine this, a countryside life, no rush to get anywhere, your favourite drink in your hand and a beautiful panorama to admire. And now imagine deep blue waters in the scenario. Enchanting, delighting and soothing! All of us deserve a vacation like that! For those who love splashing into clear blue waters, for those who love to wake up to the sound of roaring waves and for those who just can’t get enough of the sea; Here’s a list of stunning floating villages across the world where you should plan your next vacation:

1. Tonle Sap Floating Village, Cambodia

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Located near Siem Reap, this village is set up on the largest freshwater lake in Asia. The floating villages on Tonle Sap lake are extremely independent as they have a diverse eco-system with 300 species of fresh water fishes, crocodiles, snakes, tortoises and turtles, around 100 species of water birds in and around the lake itself. There are many Cambodian floating villages in this country, but this one is the most popular as it floats on the important Tonle lake of Cambodia.

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2. Floating islands of Uros, Peru

A group of around 44 artificial islands that has been inhabited by the Uros who are pre-Inkan people, this is one of the major attractions in Peru. The islands are made using the bundles of dried totora reeds to make reed boats and follow a very traditional life-style.   

3. Stilt Village in Ganvie, Benin

A unique village dating back to the 16th century, Stilt is set up on the Lake Nokoué, near Cotonou. Established by Tofinu people to shelter themselves from becoming slaves to European traders, this village peacefully dwells in shallow waters!

4. Yawnghwe, Myanmar

Set up on the second largest lake in Myanmmar , this floating village comprises of 17 hamlets. Houses built on stilts, little kayaks selling freshly grown vegetables and fruits and charming people, Yawnghwe is a treat to a country lover!

5. Ko Panyi, Thailand

Now this one really took the ‘on water’ concept to another height; Ko Panyi is not just striking and mesmerizing, it also has a football pitch made out of old scraps of wood and fishing rafts!

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6. Wuzhen, China

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This water town is one of the top six ancient towns that sit on the Yangtze. Flaunting a history of around 6000 years, this village has a pretty appearance. Houses built in black bricks and gray tiles with white walls, stone bridges and the criss-cross river makes it a delightful place that you should add to your bucket-list!

7. Kay Lar Ywa, Myanmar

Another beauty on the Inle Lake, this village is known for its floating farms! The locals grow foodsin the floating gardens and live in bamboo houses. They also use an age-old technique of ‘leg rowing’ to commute on the waters.

8. Zhouzhang, China

The Venice of China;  this water town has a history of around 700 years and is known for its picturesque bricked houses and stone bridges. Take a boat ride through its water lanes, enjoy its fairytale atmosphere and you’ll never want to come back!

9. Santa Cruz del Islote, Colombia

The most densely populated island on the earth, the island has an area of just 0.0046 square miles and has a population of 1200! The multi-hued sea surrounding it, the array of closely built houses and dramatic skies make it a unique place to visit in Colombia!

10. Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Vietnam , floating villages were built near Ha Long Bay and it now currently comprises of four villages with floating houses! Owing to the rise in tourism, the occupation of the locals is not restricted to fishing and farming and you can enjoy a romantic meal by the waters on a floating restaurant!

So, pack your swim suits and head here; you are all set to have a great time!

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