Tam Giang Lagoon, Hue Vietnam – Part Four

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Ngu My Thanh Village, a typical fishing community near the Tam Giang Lagoon. Some architecture today can still be seen as having had a French influence.

Tourism is a new and welcome source of income for the fishing families in Ngu My Thanh and Tan My villages of Quang Dien District.

Tam Giang lagoon supports a range of wetland habitats making a nature lovers paradise the livelihood of 300,000 people who live along the shores rely upon its aquatic resources.


Glad they’re tied up!

Our delightful host Ms Huang from Travel Town Saigon welcomes us onto the small sampan for the morning tour.

Because of the heat, it was an early 6:30 am start which was ideal.

The lagoon system of Tam Giang-Cau Hai stretches 70 km along Thua Thien-Hue seashore. It’s the largest lagoon in Southeast Asia with a total surface area of 22,000 hectares.

You can see closely how the fisherman divide up the areas with hand-made nets which are staked out to maximise their catch.


Every day large volumes of fish caught at the lagoon are then sold in local markets or to wholesale traders. Occasionally locals keep some of the goods to make fish sauce.

Not much happening for us. Someone’s going hungry.

Approaching our retreat for a hearty pre-packed breakfast and lunch.


This is what you do when you’ve finished breakfast and fishing all morning. So what am I thinking now? I’m wondering what’s for lunch … Again something spicy I trust.

Here with funny boy Thuy, the next Anh Do is my prediction.

Bob having a cool beer before our Pho lunch. Very impressed with his new-found Aussie mannerisms.

Time to say bye and move onto the next venture. More food I suspect.

And I was right. Water Land Bar and Restaurant in Hue is great value with a variety of dishes.

Waterland offers Banh xeo (crispy pancake filled with pork, shrimp and bean sprouts) with fresh summer rolls – must-try dishes here. Western food is available however, don’t expect it to be great as the local food because it’s not what the eatery is dedicated to. You can join and have a bit of fun in a cooking class too.