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Tam Giang Lagoon

Once a place that appeared in famous poems in Vietnam. Tam Giang lagoon also easily entered people’s hearts with its uniqueness and characteristics. This is the largest brackish water lagoon in Southeast Asia and also one of the most attractive attractions in Hue.

In addition, Tam Giang Lagoon has always been one of the super unique and interesting check-in spots. Up to now, this location has become one of the destinations that brings special experiences to tourists in the ancient capital. Let’s explore this magnificent lagoon with Origin Vietnam.

1. Where is Tam Giang Lagoon?

Tam Giang Lagoon stretches across 4 districts of Phong Dien, Quang Dien, Huong Tra and Phu Vang of Thua Thien Hue province, Vietnam. About 30 km from Hue city center and about 118 km northwest of Da Nang city.

Tam Giang Lagoon

2. How is Tam Giang Lagoon unique?

If other cities have beautiful beaches that attract tourists, the ancient capital of Hue possesses another masterpiece, which is Tam Giang Lagoon. This is a typical representative of the unique lagoon ecosystem, with its own charming beauty of Vietnam. Therefore, for Hue motorcycle tours Tam Giang Lagoon is a priceless source. 

Tam Giang Lagoon has an area of ​​about 52km², so it quickly ranked at the top of the table in terms of freshwater lagoon area in Southeast Asia.

3. History of Tam Giang Lagoon Hue

In the past, Tam Giang lagoon along with Thuan An estuary and Huong River were the main waterway to reach Hue citadel. Anyone who wants to go to the capital must cross the Tam Giang lagoon because the roads are not as developed as today.

In addition, Tam Giang lagoon is the intersection of rivers flowing into the sea. Because the outlet to the sea is narrow, there are many whirlpools. If you encounter big waves and strong winds, it will easily cause the boat to capsize. Later, during the Nguyen Dynasty, a mandarin named Nguyen Khoa Dang ordered his soldiers to destroy the water bottom and open the door to the sea. Since then, boat sinking and ship capsizing accidents have decreased significantly.

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4. When is the best time to visit Tam Giang Lagoon?

According to Tam Giang Lagoon travel experience, if you want to have a day of exploring and fully enjoying the exciting activities and experiences here, you should depart for the lagoon early. Let me tell you that if you come to Tam Giang Lagoon early in the morning, you will have the opportunity to watch the sunrise at one of the spots with the most open views in Hue to catch the warm rays of sunlight at the beginning of the day.

Normally, a one-day journey to explore Tam Giang Lagoon will start at 5:30 a.m. until about 5:30 p.m. During this time, you will have the opportunity to see both the brilliant sunrise and the majestic sunset in the largest brackish water lagoon in the ancient capital of Hue.

Standing in the middle of immense nature, watching the entire lagoon with an area of ​​52 km 2 wearing a brilliant red and yellow coat under the first rays of the day. In the distance, the sun is slowly ‘waking up’. This is an extremely interesting and memorable experience during the journey to explore the dreamy, peaceful land of Hue.

5. How to get to Tam Giang lagoon?

Sunset on Tam Giang Lagoon

5.1 Moving To Hue

5.1.1. By plane

This is the most convenient and fastest means of transportation for tourists from other provinces and cities to reach the Hue tourist area. Most domestic airlines currently have direct flights to Phu Bai airport, Hue. Flight time from Hanoi to Hue takes about 1 hour 15 minutes, from Ho Chi Minh City to Hue about 1 hour 30 minutes.

5.1.2 By passenger car

If you live in nearby localities, choosing a bus is quite suitable because the travel time is short and the cost is relatively low. If you are in remote provinces, you can choose a sleeper bus to travel. From Hanoi to Hue, please refer to buying bus tickets from popular bus companies running the Hanoi – Hue route such as Hung Thanh, Camel, Duc Thinh,…The Hanoi – Hue route has a travel time of about 12 – 14 hours.

From Ho Chi Minh City to Hue it takes about 20 hours. Some popular bus companies running the HCM – Hue route include Hoang Long, Huong Ty, Minh Phuong,…

5.1.3 By train

If you have a lot of time to travel to Hue and love sightseeing along the way, choose the train. Train tickets are not too expensive. Trains usually have hard seats, soft seats, beds and air-conditioned or non-air-conditioned compartments. If you go far in the hot season, you should choose trains SE3, SE1, buy air-conditioned sleeper tickets to be comfortable and shorten travel time.

5.2 Traveling to Tam Giang lagoon from Hue city

For those of you who live nearby, you can easily pick up your backpack and ride your motorbike here. Those who live a little farther or are traveling in groups can go by taxi or rent a private car. Because Tam Giang Lagoon is only about 45 minutes away from Hue city center, you can choose one of the two routes below:

  • Route 1: From Le Duan street (near Hue Citadel), go straight and then turn left onto Huynh Thuc Khang street, go straight to Bao Vinh ancient village, then follow the road signs to Sia town. From Sia town, follow the directions to Con Toc ferry wharf. Here, you can board a boat to visit Tam Giang lagoon;
  • Route 2: From Hue city center, follow the road to Thuan An beach. From here, you ask people for directions to Highway 49B. Go straight and you will see a sign pointing to Tam Giang bridge and Tam Giang lagoon.
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6. Exploring the beauty of Tam Giang lagoon

6.1 Dam Chuon lagoon

Dam Chuon lagoon will be a quality background to help you immediately have a photo album for this trip. If you pay close attention, when standing at the lagoon and experiencing different periods of time, you will feel each unique beauty. Sometimes it’s clear and cool, sometimes it’s majestic and seductive, and sometimes it becomes gentle and romantic.

In particular, you can go to Chuon lagoon from April to July to experience the bustling atmosphere of the seafood fishing season. Not only that, on the 15th – 17th day of the 7th lunar month every year, this place also holds the extremely unique Chuon Village Ancestral Festival.

6.2 Thai Duong fishing village

After watching the sunrise and checking in to your heart’s content, visit Thai Duong Ha fishing village to immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere of the floating market. You can stroll around the boat and shop for everything that people sell on the boat. In the afternoon, you will be able to join in welcoming the fishing boat crew back.

As a seafood fanatic, don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the freshest seafood at the most reasonable price. If you don’t buy it and make it yourself, you can ask the people here to prepare it as requested and enjoy it right in this extremely chill space, you just need to pay a little extra fee.

6.3 Ru Cha mangrove forest

Ru Cha mangrove forest with its beauty still retains its wildness, helping visitors here to see little by little the diversity and richness of this natural resource. Remember to stop by here to check-in and discover another color of beautiful nature.

7. Activities and experiences in Tam Giang lagoon

7.1 Admiring the sunrise and sunset on Tam Giang lagoon

The time when Tam Giang lagoon becomes most beautiful and attractive is when dawn or dusk falls. Therefore, this is also one of the special activities that you should try. The feeling of welcoming each morning ray of sunlight shining through the clear water will definitely be a source of positive energy and the universe gives you.

In addition, for those of you who missed the sunrise, you can capture romantic moments at sunset. This is also one of the experiences of traveling to Tam Giang lagoon that many people have learned. The warm sunlight like a giant egg sinking into the water will be a wonderful natural spectacle that you rarely see.

7.2 SUP or boat riding to admire the beautiful scenery of Tam Giang lagoon

When traveling to Tam Giang lagoon, visitors should not miss the SUP rowing activity through the floating market, watching the farming area on the lagoon covered with the lush green color of Sour cork trees. In addition, you can freely live virtually and take unique photos of the creek and lake that are only found in Tam Giang Hue Lagoon. The price of the boating service is very reasonable – only 100,000 VND/person.

7.3 Going to the floating market

Not only is it a place where fishermen buy and sell fish and shrimp, floating markets on Tam Giang Hue lagoon are also attractive tourist destinations. The atmosphere here is always bustling, and goods exchange activities take place bustling. Some famous markets that many people visit include Dam Chuon market, My Thanh market… In particular, remember to enjoy whale fish cake – a Hue specialty when coming here.

If you visit this place during your trip to Tam Giang Hue Lagoon, you should go early in the morning to buy fresh seafood, prepare it yourself or ask fishermen for help to enjoy.

7.4 Checking in to Tam Giang lagoon

The peaceful, poetic scenery of Tam Giang Hue lagoon has been the background for many check-in photos of tourists. You can take virtual photos on both sides of the river or sit on the boat to experience a new feeling. Besides, tourists should also visit Tam Giang Lagoon or Tam Giang Cau Hai Lagoon to visit and keep souvenir photos for themselves.

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8. Specialties when traveling to Tam Giang lagoon

The ancient capital of Hue is not only blessed by nature with famous landmarks from history to nature, but also has skillful hands to create a rich cuisine. But each place here prepares that specialty with its own flavor. Therefore, when traveling to Tam Giang lagoon, don’t forget to try Hue specialties here:

  • Types of fish: fish, rabbitfish, hake, grouper, brown fish, mullet, sea bass, tilefish,…
  • Seafood: Clams, oysters, snails, mussels, squid,…
  • Types of cakes: Banh loc, Banh Beo, Banh Nam, Nem, Tre,…
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9. Accommodation when traveling to Tam Giang lagoon

Tam Giang Lagoon is only about 30 km from Hue center, so you can easily visit it during the day. Tourists can stay in hotels and motels right in the city to make it more convenient to travel to other tourist destinations.

Hue has many quality hotels and homestays for tourists to choose from. Depending on your needs and cost level, you can refer to resort locations after traveling to Hue.

9.1 Resorts:

If you are looking for a perfect tour in Hue, relaxing amid beautiful nature. Moreover, if you can enjoy the peaceful atmosphere without any problems, the resorts in Hue will be an irresistible choice.

  • Lang Co Beach Resort.
  • Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa.
  • Ana Mandara Hue Beach Resort.
  • Pilgrimage Village Boutique Resort & Spa.

Above are all names that satisfy your dream vacation. Choose one of the luxury resorts in Hue for a vacation in the tropical paradise of the ancient capital.

9.2 Hotels:

Hotels in Hue are of great interest thanks to their affordable prices, plus beautiful locations – most are located in the central area, or near famous tourist destinations:

  • Golden Star Villa Hue.
  • Cherish Hotel Hue.
  • Thanh Uyen Hue Hotel.
  • Villa Hue.
  • Cherry Hotel Hue.
  • Rosaleen Boutique Hotel.
  • Indochine Palace Hotel.
  • Imperial Hue Hotel.
  • Eldora Hotel.

9.3 Homestays:

For young tourists who travel in the form of discovery, want to save money but still like a great place to stop, go straight to the hostels and homestays in Hue. What’s better than staying at a very affordable price, you still have the opportunity to own a lovely, small but cozy place to rest, right in the center of Hue city.

  • Deja Vu Homestay.
  • Mosaic Garden.
  • April Hostel.
  • EMT Homestay.
  • Branchiee Homestay.

At this point, you have probably answered the question why Tam Giang lagoon is so attractive? If you have the opportunity to visit this riverside countryside, please admire the rustic, peaceful scenery and enjoy delicious specialties.

Please contact Origin Vietnam immediately – a professional tour operator, we are willing to share useful information about your destination. Moreover, we are also pleased to accompany you on your tours Vietnam to explore Hue with the most interesting experiences.

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