Formed by alluvium from My Binh and Ong Doc rivers together with many canals in the three districts of Tran Van Thoi, Phu Tan and Cai Nuoc of Ca Mau Province, Thi Tuong has three main lagoons: Dam Trong (inner lagoon), Dam Giua (middle lagoon) – the largest – and Dam Ngoai (outer lagoon).
Location of Thi Tuong Lagoon
Thi Tuong lagoon is nestled in the heart of green fields and is surrounded by nipa trees. Shaped like a balloon swelling out, it is two kilometers wide, ten kilometers long and has the total water surface of around 700 hectares, Thi Tuong charms tourists with its picturesque beauty.
In the morning, tourists can experience the peace and tranquility of the lagoon while hearing the birds sing and watch the sunrise which creates a mesmerizing scene on the water. When the sun is up and the dew has disappeared, tourists can observe more clearly the daily life of local people in this coastal area with many unique customs.
On the lagoon there are about 20 floating houses where locals breed shrimp. Among them, Nguyen Van Hung’s is the largest home which is well equipped with modern facilities. He even has a wooden boat to grow vegetables and a cage to raise chicken, pigs and ducks.
At Hung’s homestay, tourists will be given a cruise around the lagoon. In the afternoon when the sun comes down on the west side, golden rays shine on the waves, bringing excursionists wonderful moments. Hung said that the water level is about one meter in the dry season and has reached the deepest level of 1.6 meters during the rainy season.
The lagoon also has a private area for Kien Giang businessmen who raise clams there. So around the lagoon area, tourists can learn about this practice as they watch farmers on the job.
At night, especially under moonlight, a barbecue party with locals telling tourists folklore about this land and some wine must be experienced. Sleeping in the house which has many entrances but no doors in this natural surrounding must be tried at least once.