Water towns and villages.
Water villages are settlements that are usually based on water. Buildings often float on water or are located on stilts and rarely on small islands. This is a list of water settlements that are becoming more and more popular tourist destinations.
- Koh Panyi, Thailand.
Koh Panyi is a fishing village in Phang Ngi Region, Thailand, founded on stilts by Indonesian fishermen. The population consists of about 200 families, which is about 1 500 – 2 000 people descended from 2 seafaring Muslim families from Java.
There is a Muslim school in the village where both men and women study in the morning. Despite the recent increase in tourism, life in Koh Panyi is still based around the fishing industry, as tourists visit in significant numbers the settlement only during the dry season. The village includes a floating football field. Inspired by the 1986 FIFA World Cup, the children built a field out of waste wood and fishing rafts.
- Halong Bay, floating village, Vietnam.
The locals live mainly from the sea. Most of the mountain islands in the area are too poor to grow anything on them. Halong Bay is very rich in fish and seafood. In this photo, you can see some floating buildings. The locals live in these buildings, and every morning they go out to fish. They sell their catches to larger boats that bring fresh fish to markets on the continent.
- Githorn, the Netherlands.
Most of the buildings were based on islands, and they are connected by wooden bridges. Approximately 50 small wooden bridges span channels that are only 1 meter deep. Githorn has 2,620 inhabitants.
- Floating Village of Uros, Peru.
Initially, the islands had a protective and defensive function, in case of a threat, they can be moved. The largest island has a watchtower, also built entirely of reeds. Uru has always traded with the Aymara people living on the shores of the lake, gradually adopting their language. The native language of the Uru people is spoken by only a few people today. During the conquest of these territories by the Inca Empire, the people had to pay taxes, often they also became slaves of more warlike neighbors.
- Wuzhen, China.
Wuzhen shows two thousand years of history in its ancient stone bridges floating on water, stone paths between spotted walls, and fine wood carvings.
- Kampong Aer, Brunei.
Kampong Aer is located in the Bandar Seri Begawan area of the capital of Brunei. 39,000 people live in Kampong Aer, which translates to Water Village. This is approximately ten percent of the total population of the State of Brunei. All of the Village’s Water buildings are built on stilts above the Brunei River.
The water village has water taxis and its own schools, hospitals, restaurants, shops, mosques and a petrol station. Although much of the housing looks abandoned and run-down, they actually have all the modern amenities, including air conditioning, satellite TV, internet access, plumbing and electricity. People have lived in this village for more than 1300 years, some of them keep potted plants and chickens.
- Zhouzhuang, China.
This place is known for its deep cultural background, well-preserved ancient residential buildings and strong local traditions and customs. Zhouzhuang was called the “Venice of the East”.
- Ganvier, Benin.
Kay Laer Willow is known for its floating gardens called Hmaw-Kyun, which are built from a strip of water hyacinth and mud extracted from the lake floor, which actually disintegrates into rich humus, it takes 50 years to create a layer 1 m thick. Floating allotments are attached to the base with bamboo sticks. Most of the products grown on floating gardens are vegetables – mostly tomatoes and beans.