Cau Hai Lagoon, a part of Tam Giang Lagoon, is a harmonious combination of immense natural scenery and idyllic human life. Its picturesque beauty has become a source of inspiration for many artists, especially photographers.

A Photograph Of Cau Hai Lagoon - Best Hue City Tour

Looking at those photographs, you may have a sense of seeing marvels. Yet it is nothing compared to the real scenery that you witness with your bare eyes. As always, Cau Hai Lagoon leaves visitors astonished and breathless in front of its beauty.

Now, let’s take an overview of this magnificent lagoon with Best Hue City Tour before you decide to set foot on it!

Cau Hai Lagoon Geography And Location

Cau Hai Lagoon is a part of the lagoon system of Tam Giang – Cau Hai which extends from the northwest to the southeast at a length of 68 km.

Tam Giang – Cau Hai lagoon system includes 3 lagoons: Tam Giang Lagoon, Thuy Tu Lagoon, and Cau Hai Lagoon. They make up a large lagoon system with a total area of 218 km2.

The whole lagoon system stretches through the coastal area of Hue City and 4 districts in Thua Thien Hue Province: Phong Dien, Quang Dien, Phu Vang, and Phu Loc. This massive size makes it the largest brackish lagoon in Southeast Asia.

Tam Giang-Cau Hai Lagoon System - Best Hue City Tour

Thanks to its coastal geography, it becomes a major fishing site in Vietnam. Annually, local fishermen produce tons of seafood here. From generation to generation, many local people rely on this lagoon to make their living, which becomes a valuable traditional and cultural feature of Hue and Vietnam.

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Cau Hai Lagoon is the largest one in the Tam Giang lagoon system, with an area of 112 km2. It is situated in Phu Loc district and connects the Tu Hien Estuary to the East Sea. Also, Cau Hai Lagoon is a place where major local rivers pour in each year. So the lagoon has freshwater but turns brackish in dry seasons.

From the center of Hue City, it is easy to get to Cau Hai Lagoon. First, you go ahead along National Route 1A to Phu Loc District, and Cau Hai Lagoon is on your left. Then you go about 8km more until you reach Highway 49B. There, you turn left at Tu Hien Estuary to get to the visit spot.

Tu Hien Estuary Cau Hai Lagoon - Best Hue City Tour

So the Hue City to Cau Hai Lagoon distance is about 38 km. Take a look at Hue City to Cau Hai Lagoon map:

How To Get To Cau Hai Lagoon?

As the way to Cau Hai Lagoon is straightforward and easy, you can get there by many means of transportation. You can take a taxi, Grabike, or hire a scooter or motorcycle to go by yourself.

Besides, Cau Hai Lagoon is on the route from Hue to Da Nang or Hue to Hoi An. So if you want to have a convenient visit to Cau Hai Lagoon on your trip from Hue to Da Nang or Hoi An, consider our private car rides: Hue to Hoi An by private car and Hue to Da Nang by private car

We can provide a high-quality private car with the most dedicated companion during your trip. Plus, our driver is willing to stop at Cau Hai Lagoon or any other attraction for you to enjoy along the way.

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Cau Hai Lagoon Features

As you may know, Cau Hai Lagoon is a fishing site for local people. So it is not an attraction where you can expect excitement and activities. Rather, you will be immersed in the serenity of vast nature and the tranquility of hard-working people.

Therefore, Cau Hai Lagoon has melted the hearts of many visitors with its harmonious scenery of nature and humans blended together.

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Cau Hai Lagoon’s Nature

The nature in Cau Hai Lagoon is so gorgeous that it is dubbed “the masterpiece of nature” or “the gift of nature”. It is a picture painted with both sparkling and melancholy colors, a typical beauty of Hue.

Interestingly, it is said that the scenery of Cau Hai Lagoon changes constantly during the day. In the early morning, when the dawn breaks, you can see the red sun gradually appear and dye the sky with its bright color. That scenery is poetic and fantastic like heaven.

Sunrise In Cau Hai Lagoon - Best Hue City Tour

In the afternoon, when the sun shines and the white clouds float around, the Cau Hai Lagoon shows up in a clear and boundless beauty. The pleasant breezes pamper your mind and soul.

Blue Sky In Cau Hai Lagoon - Best Hue City Tour

And when twilight comes, the immensity and sadness of Cau Hai Lagoon are emphasized even more. You may feel as if you are standing in an otherworldly place.

Sunset In Cau Hai Lagoon - Best Hue City Tour

Cau Hai Lagoon is so vast that when overlooking the furthest, you can barely recognize its horizon. On this infinite surface appear the small islets and the Bach Ma Mountains covered in clouds, which adorn the lagoon itself. This picturesque scenery will be a treat for those seeking a dreamy and serene moment in their life.

Bach Ma Mountain Cau Hai Lagoon - Best Hue City Tour

And if you want to catch the best moments in Cau Hai Lagoon, let’s join our tours on Sunset On Tam Giang Lagoon Tour and Sunrise on Tam Giang Lagoon Tour. The best car ride, experienced tour guide, delicious meal, and many activities are waiting for you!

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Fishman Life In Cau Hai Lagoon

In the boundless nature of Cau Hai Lagoon, small human images appear on it, as matching as milk and honey. The beauty of working reflected on the local fishermen is always a respectful feature of Cau Hai Lagoon.

Local Fishermen Cau Hai Lagoon - Best Hue City Tour

Whenever you visit this lagoon, you can see diligent and tireless fishermen working on their boats. Moreover, many of the floating boats you see are the homes of fisherman families. Partially or fully, they depend on this “water land” for living.

People In Cau Hai Lagoon - Best Hue City Tour

Even though their lives sound tough, their honesty and simplicity brighten the unspoiled beauty of this lagoon. Your heart will be moved and impressed once you come and see them.

More interestingly, if you have time, you can actually experience their floating life by renting a boat from a fisherman. They can sail you around Cau Hai Lagoon to enjoy the scenery. Also, they can show you how to catch some fish or sea creatures with nets or fishing rods.

Hue Cau Hai Lagoon - Best Hue City Tour

The nature is impressive and splendid while the people are rustic and dedicated. And the meeting between that nature and humans makes Cau Hai Lagoon worth visiting even more!

Nearby Attractions

Lap An Lagoon

Lap An Lagoon is also a must-visit destination for many visitors to Hue. The quiet beauty and harmonious surroundings of the lagoon have captured the hearts of tourists. 

Here, you can enjoy the great scenery, drink a cup of wonderful Vietnamese coffee at a cafeteria, and have some fresh seafood from the lagoon.

Lap An Lagoon - Best Hue City Tour

Lang Co Beach

Lang Co Beach may be the most familiar name for you on this list. With its pure and splendid nature, it is one of the most well-known attractions in Vietnam. About 30km to the south of Cau Hai Lagoon, Lang Co Beach will be a good next destination for your Hue trip!

Lang Co Beach - Best Hue City Tour

Chuon Lagoon

Chuon Lagoon is another natural attraction of Hue. On the same Highway 49B with Cau Hai Lagoon, you go about 10km more to see Chuon Lagoon. Besides the stunning scenery, you can go to the lagoon with local fishermen to catch fresh seafood, cook, and enjoy them on the spot.

Also, you can hire boats for sightseeing, buy fresh seafood in floating markets, and spend overnight in Cho houses, a special house in this area.

Chuon Lagoon - Best Hue City Tour

Ru Cha Mangrove Forest 

Mangrove Forest Ru Cha is famous for not only its mysterious beauty but also for the rarest primeval mangrove forest in Southeast Asia. Recently, it has become very popular among travelers. Its unspoiled and exotic characteristics will impress you!

Ru Cha Mangrove Forest - Best Hue City Tour

And if you want exciting Cau Hai Lagoon tours and visit many other destinations along the way from Hue to Hoi An, you should try our Jeep Tour from Hue to Hoi An. This new kind of tour will bring you special experiences!

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A dreamy sky, poetic scenery, and simple people. This combination is so gentle and sweet that it will win every heart coming to it!

Best Hue City Tour always wants tourists in Hue City to have the best experiences during their trip. We hope this article provides useful information for your journey. Thanks for reading!