Especially for Ari – my special friend,
I was with Ari – a Lion of God discovering Tam Giang – Cầu Hai, the largest lagoon system in South East Asia. We had a great time riding more than 60 km on the first day to reach Cầu Hai Lagoon, visiting the three-hundred-year old Thánh Duyên Pagoda on Mount Túy Vân, swimming in the blue sea, having dinner in a house-boat floating on the lagoon and admiring the gorgeous sunset. A nice boat couple, Ngọc and his wife Nở, received us with their best hospitality and sincerity.
On the second day, we visited the other part of the lagoon system – Tam Giang Lagoon. Crossing the lagoon on a rustic boat was exciting and scary at the same time. We hit a quiet beach with a couple of boats sunbathing on it. Finding the shade under an averted boat, which we imagined our special house, was a very nice and strange experience. A table filled with mouth-watering sea food (steamed octopus, squid stir-fried with pineapple, tomato and spring onion, fish soup with fermented bamboo shoot, and mixed salad) was set up on the beach for only two of us by a local family. I felt special as there were no restaurant there and we were the only diners on the beach. We enjoyed the fantastic meal and the beautiful sunset.
The first day…
The second day…
As a Vietnamese folk poem goes:
When we’re in love
We don’t mind how many mountains we have to climb
How many rivers to cross and how many passes to go over (1)
But there is also this folk poem:
Love you, I really wish to pay you a visit, babe,
But I’m scared of crossing the Hồ Dynasty’s moor and the Tam Giang Lagoon (2)