From Hai Lang Town in the central province of Quang Tri, we drove across 6 kilometers of dusty roads bordered by tall grass and eucalyptus trees.
Before we reached Tra Loc Lagoon, we were refreshed by a drive through a dense forest.
Arriving at the lagoon, we could see the tall trees reflect perfectly in the still, ripple-less water.
Clear water, cool wind, pristine beauty.
Parts of the lagoon were blanketed by water-ferns, lotuses, and water-lilies.
The fragrance of cajuput flowers wafted from the forest and over the lagoon.
Monkeys gazed at us as they jumped from tree to tree in the forest.
The four-meter-deep lagoon is home to freshwater fish, including carp, snakehead fish, thac lac fish, and even wild ducks.
Groups can rent huts on stilts at the lagoon's edge to stay over-night, singing, playing guitar and feasting all night. Food at the lagoon, mostly made from local fish, is delicious and cheap.
Some prefer to just sit silently, listening to the songs of singing birds in the forest.