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Delve into Tam Giang lagoon, the largest wetland of Southeast Asia, famous for photogenic scenes and exotic lifestyle. Relax on a poetic sampan ride amid floating villages, aquaculture systems and entertain with unusual fishing techniques. Continue by foot to admire the rusticity of fishing and farming villages, its greenery and pure simplicity before landing on a farm-to-table dinner with your fresh catch.
Expanded over 22,000ha, Tam Giang literally “three rivers”, is a system of fived interconnected lagoons stretching from the north to south of Hue. Lying between freshwater basins and the ocean, this wetland area offers various ecosystems with high biodiversity and are worth exploring. We run the tour at a quiet corner in the lagoon, just 30 minutes out of Hue city. We make use of motorized sampans of the fishermen and enhance them with proper sitting and life vest. This provides safe and authentic cruises while helping generate more direct income for involved fishermen
Exploring the lagoon with plenty of photographing opportunities while participating in exciting immersive experiences are very important. In the sunny season (March to August), the tour departs in the afternoon to enjoy a nice sunset and include a dinner at a local farm. From September to February, it is better to take the morning tour (8:00-14:00) and include lunch. The morning tour will include a market visit which is very lively and authentic.
The best time to explore Tam Giang lagoon is from March to August. In this season, an early sunrise tour of 4 hours (5:30-9:30) is also a good option for early bird and photography enthusiasts.
Child rates are applied for children 6 to 11 years old. Children below 6 years are free, please make a note in the booking. For families with many children, we recommend using the Enquiry Form to request the most favorable Family Offer.
Tam Giang Lagoon
After a short drive from Hue City, you arrive at an ancient fishermen village situated by Tam Giang lagoon. Get the first insight into rural life and fishing culture. Put on your life vest and sit comfortably on a fisherman sampan to leisurely explore Tam Giang peaceful scenery. The guide will tell you about the original lifestyle of local residents, once used to live on the houseboats like nomads. They were nicknamed “The fish tail chasers” and are very vulnerable to many threats of climate changes. Continue riding amid the maze of the aquaculture system and keep your camera handy for some lovely shots.
The fisherman turns off the engine and pushes the boat slowly with a long bamboo stick as you approach the V shaped fishing trap. This is a smart technique practiced in this area. You can try your luck to lift up one and see if it is a good catch of shrimp, crab, fishes. Traditional fishing with nets is equally exciting. Hang on the fisherman’s stilt house “Nhà Chồ” to enjoy a refreshing drink with a nice view. On a good weather day, stay late and hunt stunning sunsets.
Get on land and continue a leisurely walk to visit the village communal house, high tide aqua farm, rice field and farming lands. Learn more about daily life and local crafts. Enrich your experience by joining a local farm for a homey dinner with fresh veggie and seafood and enjoy it in a rustic setting.
End your meaningful travel with a sensational drive back to the hotel in the early evening
Optional: In Spring and Summer months (March to August), it will be wonderful to drive one way to the lagoon on the back of the motorbike. You will take smaller roads, close up to many temples with beautiful mosaic decorations, rural markets and rice fields. To be arranged on request.
Everything was excellent. Great guide and interesting photos.
Une journée authentique, parfaite. Très bonne balance entre la culture et la nature.Très bonne idée de commencer le tour en scooter. Un stop au cimetière est à recommander, car c’est un lieu insolite pour les Européens.La découverte de la vie des pêcheurs et la balade dans la lagune sont excellentes.Et l’accueil et le dîner dans la famille était exceptionnel et restera pour nous un moment inoubliable.Florence & Didier, 16th of June, 2022.
Our tour with Tuan was extraordinary. We enjoyed all our experiences that we were educational, historical & special for me & Lori. Tuan was friendly & easy to understand. He mixed personal stories with the stories of this city & country. We would recommend this customized experience to anyone wanting a tour without the tourists.
Cami & Lori