Hue fishing village bathed in light of dawn

By Vi Yen, Nguyen Huu Thuong   September 11, 2021 | 07:04 am GMT+7
Dawn is the busiest time in Hue's Ngu My Thanh fishing village as fishermen row their boats full of fish and other catch back to shore after a night out at sea.
Located on Tam Giang Lagoon in Quang Dien District, around 25 kilometers from downtown Hue, the small fishing village is home to around 200 families whose boats are their lifelines for generations. Ngu My Thanh fishing market is considered Hue’s busiest, with boats converging here from dawn.

Located on Tam Giang Lagoon in Quang Dien District, around 25 kilometers from downtown Hue, the small fishing village is home to around 200 families whose boats have been their lifelines for generations.
Ngu My Thanh fishing market is considered Hue’s busiest, with boats converging here from dawn.

Huu Thuong, a freelance photographer in Hue, who took these photos, said he woke up and came to the fishing village around 5 a.m. and chose a beautiful angle to wait for the sun to rise. Summer is the perfect time to catch sunrise moments.

Huu Thuong, a freelance photographer in Hue, who took these photos, said he woke up and came to the fishing village around 5 a.m. and chose a beautiful angle to wait for the sun to rise. Summer is the perfect time to catch sunrise here.

Fishermens boats crowd the lagoon from dawn. They start fishing at 6 p.m. and finish at 6 a.m. and bring their fish and shrimp catch to Ngu My Thanh floating market to sell.

Local fishermen typically set out to sea from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and bring their fish and shrimp to Ngu My Thanh floating market to sell.

Between May and July is the busiest time of the year at the village when fishermen would avoid sailing from August to November, which is always the storm season in central Vietnam.

Between May and July is the busiest time of year for the village while fishermen avoid sailing from August to November, usually considered storm season in central Vietnam.

The village is quite far from downtown Hue that takes tourists around 30 minutes so it is still a lesser-known destination. In 2019, the village was decorated with mural paintings aimed to lure more tourists and raise awareness about protecting the environment, making it become the first mural village in Thua Thien-Hue Province, home to Vietnams former feudal capital Hue.

The village is quite far from downtown Hue, taking tourists around 30 minutes to reach.
In 2019, the village was decorated with mural paintings aimed to lure more tourists and raise awareness about protecting the environment, making it the first mural village in Thua Thien-Hue Province, home to Vietnam's former feudal capital Hue.

A woman carrying baskets of seafood rushes to the shore.

Once known as a poor rural area, Tam Giang Lagoon has become a busy destination, which attracts travelers and photography enthusiasts with its sparkling yellow light at dawn.

In addition, floating market is one of the distintive features of Tam Giang lagoon. There are two well-known markets: Ngu My Thanh and Dam Chuon. Ngu My Thanh market usually starts at 4 a,m, and ends when the sun comes out around 6 a.m. Not as bustling and diverse as the floating markets in the Mekong Delta, the market at Ngu My Thanh fishing village mainly sells fresh seafood caught from Tam Giang lagoon, home to a variety of aquatic resources that help local residents survive for many generations.

In addition, the floating market is one of the distinctive features of Tam Giang Lagoon. There are two well-known markets: Ngu My Thanh and Dam Chuon. Ngu My Thanh market usually starts at 4 a.m. and ends when the sun comes out around 6 a.m. Not as bustling and diverse as the floating markets in the Mekong Delta, the market at Ngu My Thanh fishing village mainly sells fresh seafood caught from Tam Giang Lagoon. According to locals, the floating market of Ngu My Thanh village has existed for hundreds of years.

 
 
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