The captivating beauty of Tam Giang lagoon - the largest brackish water lagoon in Southeast Asia

The captivating beauty of Tam Giang lagoon - the largest brackish water lagoon in Southeast Asia

Thua Thien Hue 15.10.2021

If you want to discover the poetic beauty of Hue, you should visit Tam Giang lagoon, which is the largest brackish water area in Southeast Asia, to enjoy the romantic nature and understand more about the idyllic life of the local people.

Translated by nguyendo

Written by giangntm

Tam Giang lagoon - the largest brackish water lagoon in Southeast Asia

Tam Giang Lagoon belongs to the Tam Giang - Cau Hai lagoon system, in the territory of four communes of Quang Dien, Phong Dien, Phu Vang and Huong Tra - Thua Thien Hue province. With an area of about 52km2, Tam Giang lagoon takes up about 11% of the coastal lagoon area of Vietnam and is also known as the largest brackish water area in Southeast Asia. Notably, Tam Giang lagoon is the main fishing area of the locals, which both brings economic value and serves as an ideal spot for the artistic photos of many tourists and photographers.


Tam Giang lagoon - the largest brackish water lagoon in Southeast Asia. Photo: Dulichbien

Experiences not to be missed when you come to Tam Giang Lagoon

Visiting Thai Duong Ha fishing village

The area around Tam Giang lagoon is mostly countryside with fishing and aquaculture providing a livelihood for the local people all year round. Thai Duong Ha fishing village is known as an ancient village, which is like an “oasis” on the lagoon and is surrounded by water. The people here have “rustic characteristics” like the simplicity of Hue city.


People get on boats to go out to sea. Photo: Hue Thuong

When coming here, you should experience what it is like to be a fisherman by trying your hand at catching some local fish.. Otherwise, you can wear conical hats and sit on boats with the villagers to go out to sea while crooning Hue songs.


Thai Duong Ha communal house is a prominent destination of the village with majestic and splendid architecture. Photo: Hue Tourism

Thai Duong Ha village is also famous for the Cau Ngu festival that takes place over two days, from January 10th to the 11th. For the locals, it is considered an important spiritual event which is held every three years to pray for a good fishing harvest. It is important to note that the village worships a god named Truong Quy Cong - or Truong Thieu - who reclaimed the wasteland and taught the fishing profession to the villagers. Cau Ngu festival includes a ceremony that is compared to “the communication between the mortals and the underworld”, and a festival with a number of activities related to fishing such as swimming, boat racing, seining and Boi singing.


The Cau Ngu festival is solemnly held in Thai Duong Ha communal house. Photo: lendang


Boat racing in the festival. Photo: lendang

Visiting Ru Cha mangrove forest

Ru Cha mangrove forest is located in Thuan Hoa village, Huong Phong commune, Huong Tra town. When crossing Tam Giang bridge and Thao Long dam, you will arrive at this special forest. In the local language, "Ru" means “forest”, while "Cha" is the name of a tree that grows mainly here, so the forest is called “Ru Cha”.


In the local language, "Ru" means “forest”, while "Cha" is the name of a tree that grows mainly here, so the forest is called “Ru Cha”. Photo: blog.traveloka

Ru Cha is an endemic mangrove forest and considered a "specialty" of Tam Giang lagoon. When taking a boat to explore Ru Cha, you will have a “strange” feeling as being separated from the outside world due to being surrounded by countless mangrove trees. If you come here in the summer, you will be immersed in the fresh cool air, which is in stark contrast to the fierce heat outside.


Getting lost in Ru Cha is like going to another world. Photo:

The "specialty" of Ru Cha forest is the hundred-year-old tree roots with unique shapes. Autumn is probably the most beautiful time here as all the trees in the forest are changing colours from green to yellow. You can walk along the small concrete path in the forest to admire the branches of trees on both sides that bend and intertwine like an impressive cathedral. In addition, they reflect on the calm water, creating a peaceful “picture” of nature. There is a tower to overlook the forest in order to help visitors admire the panorama of Ru Cha from above. From this position, Ru Cha forest appears majestic and is surrounded by the immense Tam Giang lagoon.


Many hundred-year-old tree roots with unique shapes. Photo: blog.traveloka


The small concrete path helps you to visit the forest conveniently. Photo:

Going to the floating market on Tam Giang lagoon

The boats are both the "home" of fishermen and the "specialty" of this largest brackish lagoon in Southeast Asia. If you have the opportunity to come to Tam Giang lagoon early in the morning, you will be able to witness the bustling scene of trading and exchanging seafood. Although the products are not as diverse as those from Southwest Vietnam’s floating markets, the special feature of Tam Giang lagoon floating market is that the traders are also the fishermen living in the surrounding fishing villages.


The floating market on Tam Giang lagoon is open from 4:30 to 6:00 am. Photo:

The floating market is most busy from 4:30 to 6:00 am, and in this market, you can buy a lot of fresh seafood at extremely reasonable prices. The fresh taste of seafood in Tam Giang brackish lagoon will definitely leave you with unforgettable impressions.


The seafood caught in Tam Giang lagoon is sold at this floating market. Photo:

Watching the sunset on Tam Giang lagoon

Tam Giang is the largest brackish water lagoon in Southeast Asia which possesses romantic features at sunset, so it has drawn the attention of many domestic and foreign photographers.


Tam Giang Lagoon at sunset. Photo:

At around 5pm - 6pm, the whole area is “dyed” with a dreamy pink and purple colour - and this is also the typical scene of “dreamy Hue''. At this time, the fishermen have also completed their fishing activities after a busy day.


The picture of nature and working activities at sunset in Tam Giang lagoon. Photo:

How to get to Tam Giang Lagoon


Tam Giang lagoon has drawn the attention of many famous photographers. Photo:

From a position which is about 15km from Hue (on the way from Thuan An beach to Quang Tri province), there are two ways for you to reach Tam Giang lagoon. The most convenient way is to follow Highway 1A, which is 11km from the city center. Otherwise, if you are not in a hurry and want to admire the peaceful scenery of Hue with rice fields in the countryside, you can choose the routes in the city.


Passing through ancient villages to Tam Giang lagoon. Photo:

The best time to visit Tam Giang lagoon

You only need one day to fully explore Tam Giang lagoon, so you should come here early in the morning when the air is cool and fresh, then stay here until the late afternoon to watch the sunset and return back home.


Tam Giang Lagoon at sunset. Photo: Vnexpress

Tam Giang Lagoon is an ideal place for you to escape from the noisy and hectic city life and to immerse yourself in the simple life of the locals with the poetic natural scenery. Visit Tam Giang lagoon and you will have a typical peaceful day in Hue.