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[Photos] Cool, Calm and Collected: Life in Cau Hai Lagoon

Forty kilometers southeast of Hue, Cau Hai Lagoon is among the largest freshwater lagoons in Southeast Asia. Tucked between the East Sea and the mountains of central Vietnam, its placid waters are home to a small fishing community, while local farmers tend to the verdant rice paddies that stretch out to meet the water’s edge.

Despite its close proximity to Hue – and the tourist masses that flock to the former imperial capital – Cau Hai and its more famous neighbor, Tam Giang Lagoon, have managed to stay off many travel itineraries. The fortunate few who make it out to Cau Hai, however, are rewarded with the breathtaking pastoral scenery of a sleepy hamlet framed by rugged mountains. As morning light floods the lagoon and its tiny fishing village comes to life, it’s hard not to feel like you’ve stumbled into the pages of a storybook.

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