Being a country with rivers and lakes, some inhabitants have chosen life afloat. Yet, these bodies of water not only draw locals – they especially draw tourists. Those who live by the shore or on floating houses have made a trade out of selling refreshments to travellers and sightseers. Thus, floating markets abound in Vietnam. A trip to Halong Bay, with its nearly two thousand caves and limestone islands, will surely get you thirsty and starving even when it is not yet mealtime.
You do not have to worry, because many of the locals who live on houses afloat on the bay sell drinks and fruits to tourists. Bowls of noodles are also sold aboard bamboo stilts on boats, such as the Phung Hiep floating market located at the Mekong Delta. Fruits such as durian, watermelon and rambutan are also available.