In April 2009, the population of Halong Bay was estimated around 215.795 people. The residents distribute mainly on land or islands. Among about 2.000 islands of halong bay, there areonly over 40 islands which have inhabitants. The left part lives at the floating houses and gather in fishing villages on the bay. In the past, they lived on fishing and aquaculture. Nowadays, thanks to the development of tourism accommodated with transport and services, living standard of the locals has improved significantly. However, fishing villages and aqua-cultural farms still exist as the highlights in the culture of Halong Bay.