Tam Giang Lagoon: full of all kinds of life

Nga Do
The Tam Giang Lagoon, about 11km north of Hue, erstwhile capital of Vietnam, is among Southeast Asia’s largest fresh water bodies.

The lagoon, which borders four districts in Thua-Thien Hue Province, Phong Dien, Quang Dien, Huong Tra and Phu Vang, is about 24km long and covers a 5,200ha area. Its waters are 2-7 metres deep.

The lagoon’s rich and diverse ecosystem plays an important role in conserving the country’s biodiversity. 

The vast fishing ground is a source of livelihood for about a million people who catch tonnes of fish and other seafood every year. 

It also serves as a shield, protecting the region from salt intrusion and floods; and provides refuge to fishing boats during violent storms.

Tam Giang means “three rivers” in Vietnamese. It is a place where the region’s three large rivers –Huong, Bo and O Lau River – meet before they go out to sea. 

There are also dozens of smaller rivers that carry water to the lagoon. Today, Tam Giang’s pristine waters and well-preserved cultural heritage of local fishing communities make it a must-visit ecotourism destination in the central region

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