Tam Giang Lagoon
Tam Giang Lagoon in Hue
Tam Giang lagoon is the largest fresh water lagoon in South East Asia with a variety of flora and fauna. It is featured in a very famous folk verse which any Vietnamese you meet can speak out:
“Đường vô xứ Huế quanh quanh
Non xanh nước biếc nhu tranh họa đồ.
Yêu em anh cũng muốn vô,
Sợ truông Nhà Hồ, sợ phá Tam Giang”
This folk verse shows that Tam Giang Lagoon was a huge dangerous lagoon for anyone who wanted to pass into Imperial City in the past. Nowadays, along the lagoon, there is a picture of the rural life of thousands of people earning their lives and many of visitors who want to explore the natural beauty of such a boundless lagoon.
Tam Giang lagoon stretches 700km long along Thua Thien-Hue seashore where there are over 300,000 Vietnamese people living and fishing along its shores. It takes visitors 15 km long to travel from Hue Imperial City to Tam Giang Lagoon. Then you can see the pace of life in fishing villages and people who live along the lagoon. There are a lot of activities visitors can enjoy when coming here: sightseeing on a fishing boat with the local, learning traditional fishing methods, seeing traps being set to collect fish and shrimps. When the dawn comes, you will see the picture of women working hard in the water to collect the oysters and clams. All of them are brought to the local market for sale.
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Some popular villages which should not be missed are Ngu My Thanh, Bao La, and Tan My. Take a boat trip, sleep overnight at the local’s home and explore their lives and pick up the art of bamboo weaving are wonderful experience when visitors come to Tam Giang Lagoon. Do not forget to go to the traditional floating market open in the early mornings in Ngu My Thanh village. For those who are crazy about photography, this place is a great destination that you can take the most beautiful shots ever! Be sure to buy fresh seafood coming in early morning of fishers. The freshest seafood which you have never tried before is sold here!
Anyone who comes to Hue and has a plan to visit the most important constructions such as Ngo Mon Gate, a magnificent complex of Kings’ tombs, Thai Hoa Palace or Thien Mu pagoda in smoky mountain does put Tam Giang Lagoon in your travel list to see that Hue is beautiful from the simple national scene to the great artificial works.
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