Some group of people or tribe prefers to build their dwellings in bodies of water such as rivers and lakes. This peculiar type of community is called “floating villages”. Here are some notable floating villages from around the world.
1.) Amazon Floating Village – Amazon River
The Amazon River Floating Village neighborhood is located in the Peruvian city of Iquitos. This city in Peru is the largest city in the Peruvian rainforest.
2.) Floating Islands – Lake Titicaca
The Floating Island is home to the people of the Uros Islands of Lake Titicaca. They make their homes on large clumps of floating reeds. They eat reeds, they make their homes from reeds, and they build very seaworthy boats from bundles of reeds.
The Uros are a pre-Incan people who live on 42 self-fashioned floating islands. The Uros Islands at 3810 meters above sea level is inhabited by approximately 2,000 descendants. They bury their dead on the mainland in special cemeteries.
3.) Water Dwellings - Tonle Sap Lake
These water dwellings are located on the lake of Tonle Sap, near Siem Reap in Cambodia. The name of the lake means "Large Fresh Water River" but more commonly translated as "Great Lake". Tonle Sap is a combined lake and river system of major importance to Cambodia. It is the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia.
4.) Aberdeen Floating Village – Hong Kong
The Aberdeen Floating Village is located at the Aberdeen Harbor in the Southern District of Hong Kong. The harbor contains about 600 junks, which house an estimated 6,000 people.
5.) Bronze Age Stilt Houses – Lake Constance
This stilt houses are the reconstruction of Bronze Age stilt houses or lake dwellings on Lake Contance in Uhldingen, Germany. These are not residential houses. It is called Pfahlbaumuseum Unteruhldingen, an archeological open air museum.
Stone Age houses “Riedschachen”
6.) Yawnghwe City – Inle Lake
This floating village is located in the City of Yawnghwe in the Inle Lake in the Shan Hills, Myanmar. This lake is the second largest lake in Myanmar with an estimated surface area of 116 km2, and one of the highest at an altitude of 880 meters above sea level.
7.) Floating Village – Ha Long Bay
This floating village is located in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. On this community, there are around 1,600 people who live in four fishing villages. They live on floating houses and are sustained through fishing and marine aquaculture.
8.) Floating Village – Siem Reap
This Floating Village is located in Konpong Phluk in the Siem Reap Province on the Tonle Sap Lake, a combined lake and river in Cambodia.