Visiting floating houses and fish farms
You can find these floating houses pretty much all around Asia. The Asian houseboats are varied and fascinating in many ways.
You can witness the bustle of the floating villages in the Mekong delta for example in Chau Doc. The villagers cultivate freshwater fish and shrimps in nets and wire baskets under their houses - a major export product of the region.
Residence and workplace combined
The idea of using the home and to try to earn money with it is very old and comes originally from China.
This traditional way of fish farming is slowly dying, as larger companies are now on land. Mainly catfish and tilapia are cultivated here. Many of the associated fish-processing plants have now settled in the neighborhood.
In Vietnam and all over Asia there are different floating houses which vary in size and traditional crafts. They range from thatched huts to painted house boats with high wooden hulls and colourful houses on floating platforms (these ones are to be found near the islands in the Halong Bay).
Whole villages are floating on the water
Floating houses are common throughout the Mekong delta. But if you want to visit a village which is entirely located on the water, Chau Doc is the best choice. The German-Vietnamese tour operator Mekong Eyes Cruises offers such tours in combination with a river cruise on the Mekong Eyes or the Dragon Eyes boats.