AN GIANG (VNS) — Now is the season of catching bong lau, a kind of catfish species that lives in the wild in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta. Visitors can join tours watch fishermen catch bong lau on the Vam Nao River in An Giang Province.
The tour, organised by the An Giang Farmers Tourism Centre, also offers other services, including staying at stilt houses, dishes cooked from bong lau and Don ca tai tu music and song, which is a UNESCO recognised intangible cultural heritage of humanity.
The activity of watching fishermen fishing is held on the Vam Nao River section in Tan Phu District. Linked with the Tien and Hau rivers (two tributes of the Mekong), the section is where fishermen cast nets. The caught fish are about 3 – 7 kilos.
Bong lau, famous for its delicious flesh, is caught from lunar November to April. The fish price is between VND150,000 and VND250,000 (US$7-11) a kilo. — VNS