JOIN ME ON A TWO-WEEK PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR AND EXPEDITION TO VIETNAM
This photography trip will visit Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Phu Loc, Hoi An, Hoi An, Bac Ha, and Sapa.Vietnam provides the backdrop, all you have to do is take the shot. Will you join us?
Vietnam is the unsung hero of Asia. Over the centuries the different civilizations have shaped the architecture, culture and, cuisine. It is not only bursting with astonishing natural beauty but with a rich and complex history just waiting for you to explore. Vietnam is a country full of photographic opportunities. The landscape is diverse, with a beautiful coastline, gorgeous mountains, and an amazing ethnic diversity.
With its dramatic countryside, vibrant cities, delicious street eats, fascinating history, and friendly locals it is one of the world’s most up-and-coming destinations. Vietnam is developing at a staggering rate, so now really is the time to go.
Join us on this 14-day one-of-a-kind tour created to make sure you capture everything Vietnam has to offer.
This will be a private group of photographers, with a maximum of twelve participants, and two photo leaders. Designed to create opportunities to capture the Vietnamese landscape and ethnic rural communities.
The tour is open to all levels of photographic skills, from beginner to experienced. However, there will be no formal workshops or critiques. We will share knowledge and skills along the way.
Primary subjects in Vietnam will be landscapes and people, with plenty of photographic opportunities to observe traditional lifestyles and rural scenes that have not changed much in centuries.
I will be co-leading this tour along with Darlene Hildebrandt of Digital Photo Mentor.
Day 1 | March 28 – Arrive in Hanoi (D)
Upon arrival in Vietnam’s capital city Hanoi, you will be met and transferred by van to your hotel, where you will check in and relax for the afternoon. After the welcome meeting and orientation, we will head out to dinner at a local restaurant for some traditional Vietnamese cuisine.
Day 2 | March 29 – Hanoi (B,L,D)
After an early morning shoot around Ho An Kiem Lake, it’s back to the hotel for a delicious breakfast. The rest of the day will be spent exploring the nearby village of Lang Gom Tho Ha (Đình Thổ Hà), the Temple of Literature and the Old and French quarters of Hanoi. The Evening meal will be a set menu of local food to introduce you to some of Vietnam’s most popular dishes.
Day 3 | March 30 – Hanoi / Ha Long (B,L,D)
The day will begin early with a visit to photograph Long Biên Bridge. The historic cantilever bridge connects Hoan Kiem and Long Bien across the Red River. It makes for a magical early morning photo shoot. Returning to the hotel for breakfast and to collect your belongings it is time to make our way to Halong Bay. Taking time to stop at a local village along the way we will arrive at our luxury ‘Junk Boat’ just in time for lunch. On our private cruise, we will visit a floating fishing village enjoying dinner onboard before retiring for the evening in one of the 10 cabins.
Day 4 | March 31 – Ha Long / Hanoi / Hue (B,D)
Returning from our overnight cruise to the pier we head straight for the airport to catch a flight to Hue. Time permitting we will enjoy a picturesque sunset shoot and dinner on the rooftop of the Indochine Palace Hotel.
Day 5 | April 1 – Hue / Phu Loc (B,L,D)
Our fifth day begins with an early morning sunrise shoot. Photographing local fishermen at work. After breakfast, we will visit the Imperial City and Emperor Minh Mang’s Tomb before taking the time to fully explore the local area. Next stop is Puh Loc where we will enjoy both lunch and dinner in local restaurants with free time to take in your new surroundings.
Day 6 | April 2 – Phu Loc / Hoi An (B,L,D)
After an early trip to Phu Loc Lagoon, we will stand by to capture the local fishermen returning from their morning excursion, before heading out to the rice fields. As well as taking the time to capture the beauty of the rice fields we will be visiting some local villages on route to Hoi An.
Day 7 | April 3 – Hoi An (B,D)
Catching the early bus to the fishing market we will photograph the hustle and bustle of the early morning trading. After breakfast back at the hotel, it’s time to explore some of the major sightseeing spots in the Ancient town of Hoi An before the midday crowds arrive. In the afternoon, weather permitting, we will take a sunset boat trip to capture the big fishing nets. Returning to dry land just in time to photograph the city during the magical blue hour.
Day 8 | April 4 – Hoi An (B,D)
This morning we travel to the vegetable market to capture the bright colors of the fresh produce.
The rest of the day will be yours to decide. You can choose to take a break, wander on your own, or take some time to shop. The choice is yours. We will reconvene in the evening for dinner at a local restaurant. Weather dependent there is also an option of doing a second blue hour shoot. However, this will be up to the group to decide as it will eat into your free time.
Day 9 | April 5 – Hoi An / Da Nang / Hanoi / Lao Cai (B,L,D)
It’s time to take it easy after all of those early mornings, so enjoy a lie in and spend the morning relaxing and preparing for a day of traveling. After lunch, we will travel to the airport to take a short flight to Hanoi where you will enjoy some free time before dinner. After dinner, we will be catching the overnight train to Lao Cai with luxury cabins featuring 2 berths each.
Day 10 | April 6 – Lao Cai / Can Cau Market / Bac Ha (B,L,D)
Upon arrival in Lao Cai, we will enjoy breakfast together in a local restaurant before driving to Can Cau for a photo shoot at the market. Next stop is Bac Ha Town to check in to the hotel, and then on to Pho Village well known for the whiskey made from corn.
Day 11 | April 7 – Bac Ha / Sapa (B,L,D)
After enjoying breakfast together at the hotel we will travel to Bac Ha Market for a mid-morning photo shoot. In the afternoon, we will travel to Sapa where the group will split for two nights. Some of the group will check into the Amazing Hotel Sapa while the rest of the group will opt to spend 2 nights at a Homestay with Pham in Tha Pin Village, which belongs to the Red Dao minority.
Day 12 | April 8 – Sapa (B,L,D)
Today we will be visiting the villages of Red Dao and Black Hmong. The group will be split into two.
Group 1 will explore the villages on foot hiking from one to the other and enjoying the scenery along the way, while Group 2 will travel between villages from the comfort of a van.
Meeting back up in the afternoon we will travel together for a sunset shoot at the Ô Quy Hồ’s pass
Day 13 | April 9 – Sapa (B,L)
Today is portraits day. Our local guide will make arrangements with local people to be photographed in a selection of different traditional and modern dress. All other activities for today will be discussed and arranged with our local guide Pham depending on the group’s desires.
Day 14 | April 10 – Sapa / Hanoi (B,L,D)
Today we will travel together by bus back to Hanoi, stopping at the villages of Tay People and Xa Pho People on the way. On arrival in Hanoi, we will check in to the hotel before enjoying a farewell dinner together.
Day 15 | April 11 – Travel Home (B)
After enjoying breakfast at the hotel your transport awaits to take you to Hanoi airport to begin your journey home. Alternatively, you can choose to extend your trip, at your own expense, and stay on a few more days in Hanoi.