One thing we observed as we rode though the Cong Dam floating village in Ha Long, Bay, Vietnam, was a group of children aged 5-15 years old who appeared to have just finished with their school session for the day. They dispersed from what seemed to be the school to row boats similar to ours, and rode separately to go home to their respective house boat in the village.
I was quite impressed to see how young these kids were and how skillful they were already in rowing their boats. More over, they didn’t wear life vests, so I assume they all know how to swim as well.
As I thought about it more, I wonder what it’s like to live and grow up in the floating village. When these kids get older, I’m sure there would be a time when they would go out on dates with other teenager. What would a date look like? In the US or even in big cities in other countries, you would have teenagers going on outings to eat out, see movie, etc. Teenagers would borrow their parents’ car if they can drive and already have drivers license. If you live in the floating village, would you borrow or get your own boat? Ha Long City is not that close from the village. I suppose you could go on a date that other teenagers in big cities can’t do: go on a romantic boat ride in one of the most picturesque places in the world.
You can see on the photo below some of the young kids who just got out from their school session.