The coastal plain of Thua Thien – Hue has many lagoons such as Tam Giang, Thanh Lam, Thuy Tu, Cau Hai, and Lap An. This is a gathering of all the rivers before flowing into the sea. Among them, the Tam Giang lagoon may be the most famous lagoon that attracts a lot of visitors every year. The lagoon is famous and attractive because of not only its beauty but also the local people with the customs, beliefs, which brings this lagoon a “hidden beauty” of both material and spiritual.
Exploring Tam Giang lagoon – an interesting tourist destination in Hue
Tam Giang Lagoon is located in Phong Dien, Quang Dien, Huong Tra, about 15 kilometers from Hue City. It is where the Perfume River, Bo and O Lau Rivers meet before they flow into the sea through Thuan An estuary in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue. With the pristine beauty and tranquility, Tam Giang Lagoon makes anyone coming here have to admire and burst into joy.
Tam Giang lagoon has 24 kilometers length with an area of 52 square kilometers and is endowed with pristine features. If you spend the whole day exploring the Tam Giang, the journey may encapsulate from 5 a.m to 3 p.m. Depending on your preferences, you can ride a bicycle or motorbike from Vinh Ve village, go along Nhu Y river towards Dam Chuon – Tam Giang. The charming scenery of the ancient village will captivate everybody by the architectural beauty of the old pavilion, the national church with charming carved dragon and phoenix.
The description with 4 ‘no’, “No road, no electricity, no school, no health center” is what everyone used to describe the communes along the lagoon in the past. They are really like the oases separated from the outside world. But that was in the past. Now, thanks to these wild features, the lagoon has become a tourist destination attractive for tourists. For Hue tourism, Tam Giang Lagoon is a priceless resource unique in Vietnam. The lagoon is so beautiful that when standing in front of it, the hearts of every tourist beat like standing in front of a beautiful girl.
On the way to visit Bach ma national park and Truc Lam Bach Ma monastery, you will also see a large lagoon called Cau Hai lagoon. Cau Hai lagoon and Tam Giang lagoon are the 2 biggest lagoons with fresh water, the 2 most representative lagoons in Vietnam with a length of 70 km for the whole of the two, they form an ideal habitat for many sea species all along the province.
Tam Giang lagoon has a high biological diversity, abundance of aquatic resources and fauna both on land and under water. Every day large volumes of fish caught in the Tam Giang Lagoon will be sold in local markets or sold to wholesale traders, or used for the raw material making fish sauce for local villages. In the recent years, the cultivation and raising of sea products, mainly the raising of shrimps and cultivation of “gracillaria” has developed in this zone of lagoons.
The most beautiful moments on the lagoon are at sunset when it turns purple. A few fishing boats return home late with lines of casuarinas running with the skyline separating the water from the sky, with the whole lagoon’s surface shaking in the breeze. Because of the rare beauty of the lagoon, many travelers can’t help stopping on the way to try to get pictures of this vast scene. Nature has really endowed Hue people a charming landscape painting.
With rustic landscapes and peaceful atmosphere, visiting Tam Giang Lagoon, especially in the early morning or in the late afternoon will bring you out of the stressful life of a busy city. You can also discover the value of a simple life, and get closer to nature and friendly people in the countryside. The best time to see the sunrise in the lagoon is from 5:30 to 7 a.m when you can see sunrise at Tam Giang lagoon. You can get up early and rent a motorbike to enjoy yourself in the fresh air of the countryside with the trees along roadsides.
Nowadays, besides the popular tour like Hue city tour, or eco tours like Bach Ma national park tour, there are many daily tours to Tam Giang which are very interesting for tourists. Tourists now coming to Hue have many choices to plan for their trip. Remember not to miss the Tam Giang lagoon when you have a chance to travel to Hue city.