Vietnam is a hidden land with the “S” line that has a lot of breathtaking landscape. Moreover, natural resources are very plentiful such as streams, river systems, mountains, forest sceneries and lagoon systems. Especially, Tam Giang which is one of the biggest lagoons in Southeast Asia and the most beautiful lagoon systems in Central Vietnam.
The Tam Giang Lagoon is situated in the Tam Giang – Cau Hai lagoon system and lies alongside the O Lau and Huong Rivers. It spans around 700km through Thua Thien-Hue via four districts: Phong Dien, Quang Dien, Huong Tra and Phu Vang.
The Tam Giang lagoon, Thuan An beach, and Huong river were the waterways used by the Mandarins of Nguyen dynasty when they went to the capital. Tam Giang lagoon used to be a deep, unpredictable and dangerous open water for seafarers.
Before Tam Giang had its name, it was known as “Hat Hai” which means “the sea is shallow”, from south to north is just 30 miles and only 6 miles from east to west. From lower section O Luu – Tho Lai (Luong Dien river system) to the southwest it has three river mouths: Ta(Left) – Huu(Right) and Trung(Mid) rivers. These were one of the reasons that Minh Mang Emperor changed the name “Tam Giang”.
This lagoon has favorable conditions for aquaculture milieu. It has an average water depth of 2 – 4m. However, in some places it is 7m. It is around 35 km long. As it lies between sea and river, Tam Giang Lagoon is a brackish water which is an ideal water for both aquaculture and commercial fishing with roughly 300 species of aquatic animals. Tam Giang lagoon system is one of the most important areas for both economy and ecosystem in Hue. The high income is achieved through the sale of seafood products such as clam, fish, shrimp, and others. Hue province authorities are researching and looking for investment from oversea and domestic business organizers with the aim of developing and boosting economy and tourism of this region.
Nowadays, Vietnamese and visitors from abroad will not only know Tam Giang lagoon for its economic, geography and history values, but also because of its beauty. It has increasingly become popular destination of local youngsters where they can enjoy fresh air and dramatical light of sunrise and sunset.
What else to talk about Tam Giang Lagoon?
You can take a motorbike or private car and drive to the lagoon after visiting Thanh Toan Bridge or take a sightseeing around Hue city in the morning and then enjoy your time in the lagoon with local people or vice versa. However, it is more interesting if you go on a bike. Biking and connecting with Vietnamese and their rural life is an amazing activity. You can do things like: go out on a fishing boat with the local people, learn traditional Vietnamese fishing methods. At dusk, you’ll see traps being set to collect fish and shrimps before dawn the next day and women working hard in the water to collect the oysters and clams which are then sold at the local markets to earn money for their daily life. The most popular villages to visit are My Thanh, Bao La, and Tan My and cycle on the way to Tam Giang Lagoon.
You will learn about daily life on the banks of the lagoon, take a boat trip, sleep overnight on a home stay, or learn how local women make fishing nets.
There are plenty of things to do on the banks of Tam Giang Lagoon. If you go to My Thanh Village, you have to visit the traditional floating market which is open in the early mornings. It is so exciting to see the local people run their businesses on a boat.
For those who appreciate the beauty of natural landscapes, this half-day trip includes bamboo boat, bike, walking through local villages and enjoying the dawn or dusk views, this is a wonderful experience. Also, you can learn about aquaculture and local fishing practices from your guide and observe bamboo weaving as well as other skilled artisans at work. Cycle or walk around the village and visit local artisans. You will visit aquaculture premises, observe and try your luck at catching a fish with a local fisherman. Floating on the water, you will have time to see how time and life changes as well as the local life of a fishing village in this area. After the boat ride, we will go cycling around the village and visit vegetable farms and rice fields. We continue until we arrive at Thuy Lap, a local weaving craft villages then we see highly skilled local craftsmen that are bamboo weaving at Bao La village. On the way to back Hue city, we will have a tea break near Ngu My Thanh wharf and talk about what things you explored via your this trip.
An exhibition of fishing tools in a house. Our last stop is at Thu Le Temple – the central community meeting house for this region. After the tour, we will bring you back your hotel. There is an optional cycling part to this tour for three kilometers near the lagoon and to a local village on quiet flat roads. If you would not like to cycle, this part can be a walking tour.
And there are still a lot of activities, historical and daily life stories that local people are eager to share and help you explore all interesting things from Tam Giang Lagoon.
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