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Explore the aquatic wilderness of this hidden lagoon in central Vietnam

Thursday, October 01, 2020, 14:22 GMT+7
Explore the aquatic wilderness of this hidden lagoon in central Vietnam
A panoramic photo of sunset on Tam Giang Lagoon, Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam. Photo: Kelvin Long / Tuoi Tre

Tam Giang Lagoon is located in Tam Giang – Cau Hai, the largest freshwater lagoon system in the central Vietnamese city of Hue.

Though most tourists who visit Hue never make it to the lagoon, its tranquility and hospitable locals render it the perfect place to relax for a day.

Tam Giang – Cau Hai Lagoon and Ru Cha mangrove forest were established as Tam Giang – Cau Hai Wetland Nature Reserve by the People's Committee of Thua Thien-Hue Province, which administers Hue City.

The wetland nature reserve has two partitions — O Lau and Con Te-Ru Cha — and 23 fisheries resources protection zones, situated in the administrative boundaries of 23 communes and towns in five districts in Thua Thien-Hue, with a total area of 2,071 hectares.

An aerial photo of the Tam Giang Lagoon in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam in daytime. Photo: Kelvin Long / Tuoi Tre

An aerial photo of Tam Giang Lagoon in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam in the daytime. Photo: Kelvin Long / Tuoi Tre

The establishment of this wetland reserve aims to restore the habitat, specific ecosystems, biodiversity, and fisheries resources of Tam Giang – Cau Hai Lagoon, including the seagrass bed ecosystem in Con Te area in Huong Tra District, the freshwater aquatic carpets in the O Lau River in Phong Dien District, and the mangrove forest ecosystem in the Ru Cha site in Huong Tra District.

Ru Cha is only about ten kilometers away from the city center, making it extremely convenient for tourists. Although the area is not large, it offers diverse flora that is sure to please the pickiest tourists.

The establishment of the nature reserve also helps preserve and unleash the full potential of Tam Giang – Cau Hai Lagoon, especially in promoting travel tours.

A brush of sunshine reflects off the surface of the Tam Giang - Cau Hai Lagoon in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam. Photo: Kelvin Long / Tuoi Tre

A brush of sunshine reflects off the surface of Tam Giang - Cau Hai Lagoon in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam. Photo: Kelvin Long / Tuoi Tre

An aerial photo of the Tam Giang Lagoon and its network of fish pens in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam. Photo: Kelvin Long / Tuoi Tre

An aerial photo of Tam Giang Lagoon and its network of fish pens in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam. Photo: Kelvin Long / Tuoi Tre

Fishermen row their boat as the twilight fades on the Tam Giang Lagoon in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam. Photo: Kelvin Long / Tuoi Tre

Fishermen row their boat as the twilight fades on Tam Giang Lagoon in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam. Photo: Kelvin Long / Tuoi Tre

Locals depend on rudimentary boats for transport and fishing on the Tam Giang Lagoon in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam. Photo: Kelvin Long / Tuoi Tre

Locals depend on rudimentary boats for transport and fishing on Tam Giang Lagoon in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam. Photo: Kelvin Long / Tuoi Tre

A floating market on the Tam Giang Lagoon in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam. Photo: Kelvin Long / Tuoi Tre

A floating market on Tam Giang Lagoon in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam. Photo: Kelvin Long / Tuoi Tre

A local woman sells freshly caught fish in the Tam Giang Lagoon area in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam. Photo: Kelvin Long / Tuoi Tre

A local woman sells freshly caught fish in Tam Giang Lagoon area in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam. Photo: Kelvin Long / Tuoi Tre

Servings of 'banh xeo' (Vietnamese pancake) served with ray-finned fish, a specialty of Hue, is a must for food lovers visiting the Tam Giang – Cau Hai Lagoon in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam. Photo: Kelvin Long / Tuoi Tre

Servings of 'banh xeo' (Vietnamese pancake) served with ray-finned fish, a specialty of Hue, is a must for food lovers visiting Tam Giang – Cau Hai Lagoon in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam. Photo: Kelvin Long / Tuoi Tre

An aerial photo captures a part of Ru Cha mangrove forest ecosystem in Huong Tra District, Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam. Photo: Kelvin Long / Tuoi Tre

An aerial photo captures a part of the Ru Cha mangrove forest ecosystem in Huong Tra District, Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam. Photo: Kelvin Long / Tuoi Tre

An aerial photo captures a part of Ru Cha mangrove forest ecosystem in Huong Tra District, Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam. Photo: Kelvin Long / Tuoi Tre

An aerial photo captures a part of the Ru Cha mangrove forest ecosystem in Huong Tra District, Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam. Photo: Kelvin Long / Tuoi Tre

A kid runs on a concrete road leading to a mangrove forest in Huong Tra District, Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam. Photo: Kelvin Long / Tuoi Tre

A kid runs on a road leading to a mangrove forest in Huong Tra District, Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam. Photo: Kelvin Long / Tuoi Tre

Local people walk on a road leading to Ru Cha mangrove forest in Huong Tra District, Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam. Photo: Kelvin Long / Tuoi Tre

Local people walk on a road leading to Ru Cha mangrove forest in Huong Tra District, Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam. Photo: Kelvin Long / Tuoi Tre

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