The Tam Giang Lagoon is a fascinating place rich in fauna and flora. It is one place that rarely gets the visitor attention it deserves. A half-day tour to Tam Giang Lagoon on the Vietnam holiday gives a peaceful and relaxing time. Plus, the lagoon gives a perfect opportunity to get a break from the stressful life of a busy city.
Tam Giang lagoon is just 15 km from the city of Hue, which makes it a must-see destination for travellers visiting the ancient city. With its close proximity to Hue, this is a perfect place to visit on the Vietnam private tour for tourists interested in the local rural life while also exploring the local waters by fishing boat and getting to know the traditional fishing methods applied by the local people.
The total water surface is approx 22,000 hectares and this lagoon is a meeting place for three major rivers, the Bo, Huong and O Lau. Plus, it is the largest lagoon in SE Asia and has nearly 310,000 Vietnamese living close to its shoreline.
What to expect
With its peaceful atmosphere and rustic landscapes, a visit to the Tam Giang Lagoon is best planned to coincide with the stunning sunrise or sunset. The preferred time to see the beautiful moment of sunrise is between 5:30 am to 7:00 am. Plus, for the independent travellers, it is relatively easy to reach the lagoon by hiring a motorbike for the day and travel along the tree-lined roadsides in the countryside.
Tam Giang is a lagoon rich in biodiversity with valuable and rare marine products. Every day, the Tam Giang locals go fishing to catch shrimp and fish using traps. The shrimp and fish are later sold to wholesale traders or in local markets. The locals will of course keep some of their catch to make a delightful fish sauce. Plus, the lagoon is home to a wide range of bird species, which makes it a useful destination for the bird watching on the Vietnam tour packages. Also, the local waters are used for collecting clams and oysters.
There are plenty of things to see and do on the shores of the Tam Giang Lagoon. This includes learning about daily life in the region, picking up the art of bamboo weaving, making fishing nets, sleeping overnight in a homestay, and taking a boat trip. Also, a trip to Ngu My Thanh village makes it possible to visit a traditional floating market.
How to get there
Travel to the Tam Giang lagoon is relatively easy. A scenic trip includes a 30 minute journey via the O Lau River that passes stunning scenery, including the ancient town of Bao Vin, and arriving at the drop off point at the Vinh Tu wharf. From there, the travellers can hire a local fishing boat to start exploring the mystery of the lagoon.
Visiting the lagoon is worthwhile for a variety of reasons; a tourist isn’t likely to leave this beautiful part of Vietnam without first tasting its fresh seafood, such as shrimp, crab, clam, squid and fish. Tam Giang Lagoon covers a vast area and staying overnight at a nearby fishing village like Tan My, Bao La, or Ngu My Thanh gives more time to explore the region.