Near Hue, stay in local villages and explore Tam Giang Lagoon, the largest lagoon in South East Asia.
What to experience?
You may wish to spend longer in Hue as it is one of the best destinations in Viet Nam for its two World Heritage attractions the Imperial City and Hue Court Music. But also to see Tam Giang Lagoon, the largest lagoon in Southeast Asia which is just a stone’s throw away. The lagoon is a stunning wetland area and a true paradise for nature lovers.
With the Tam Giang Lagoon Ecotourism tour you experience villagers’ daily life and their fishing activities. This includes learning how local women make fishing nets, and cycling around the village to vegetable farms and rice paddy fields. A boat will be waiting to take you across the lagoon to visit aquaculture installations, to observe and try your luck at catching a fish. Lunch is prepared from freshly caught seafood and locally grown produce.
In the afternoon, wander around, relax, or go swimming at the local beach. Before you head back to Hue, you can see the “Nap” spiritual dance performed by children of Tan My Village. On the way back to Hue stop at Bao La village to learn about bamboo weaving.
If the Tam Giang Lagoon can be visited during a day tour, it’s always more enriching to stay overnight in a tent or in a local homestay with basic facilities. If you stay overnight, expect an early morning trip to Ngu My Thanh village traditional floating market where people trade seafood on boats.
How does it help?
The Centre for Social Research and Development (CSRD) has developed this community-based ecotourism experience in Tam Giang Lagoon with the support of UNWTO and IUCN. The project helped local communities to formulate mechanisms for nature resource management, and to develop community based tourism livelihood activities in order to create an additional income source for the poor fishing families in Ngu My Thanh and Tan My Villages of Quang Dien District, Hue.
Local people provide all the tourism activities and services, which have been developed based on local strengths, assets and skills to maximise local economic benefits by increasing connections and reducing leakages. In total about 100 people are involved, providing guiding and transport services, preparing food, and working as artisans for handicraft producers – bamboo and rattan weaving. The project provides education to improve environmental practice and management by villagers. So far about 200 people have benefited from those activities.
A community development fund fed by donations from tourism operators and visitors has been set up. It will support biodiversity conservation and community development activities in the long run. Investment in infrastructures was stimulated by tourism, including providing basic sanitation and water supply at two villages. About 2,000 local residents benefit from these facilities.