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Vietnam Photography Expedition

Vietnam, the eastern most country on the Indochina Peninsula is no less than a photographers dream. Boasting rugged limestone mountains, misty bays, green and luscious rice fields, sparkling rivers and waterways, floating markets and flamboyant urban activity, Vietnam is a destination on every photographers “must-see” list. Vietnam is famed for its colorful people, contrasting lifestyles, turbulent history and breathtaking vistas. Whether your main interest is biodiversity, jungle, mountains, portraiture, ethnography, urban or geographical photography, Vietnam has to offer all that you could ever desire. The ethnic minorities with their bright and colorful costumes, bewitching eyes, fabulist faces and exciting ways of life truly are a sight that can never be forgotten. Photographers finding their way into the heart of Vietnamese landscapes and cultures not only will come away with a mind full of incredible images and work, but a new found working knowledge and first hand empathy for a largely forgotten people and extinct way of life. Vietnam is amongst a minority of countries throughout the world that still boasts a thriving community of tribal ethnic minorities, living out their existence in their own traditional style, away for the influences and pressures of modern life.

Vietnam Photography Expedition 12 Days/12Night

Day 1-9th August: Hanoi Arrive (D)

Upon arrival at Hanoi airport. Pick up by guide & driver then transfer to hotel in downtown Hanoi, Free at leisure. In the afternoon will be your first street shoot in the colorful old quarter & historical Long Bien bridge. A sumptuous Vietnamese Welcome Dinner follows. O/N at hotel in Hano

Day 2-10th August: Hanoi – Village – fly to Da Nang – Dawn to Hoi An (B)

Heading out of town to reach local village, located on the outskirt of Hanoi. You will shoot at 2 photogenic villages where locals drying the red incense sticks. These sticks, after being shaped and dyed, will be brought to open field for drying. The red colors of the sticks make the whole scene really eye-cactching. Afterward we will meet lovely old people in the other village where they make bamboo fisht traps. By noon, we will go back Hanoi airport for short flight to Danang. On arrival Da Nang, the transfer to hotel in Hoian for checkin. O/N at hotel in Hoi An

Day 3-11th August: Hoi An (B)

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of old Hoi An was once the busiest port on the South China Sea,ruled by the Champa Dynasty for 14 centuries. Today’s shooting begins at a local fishing village, where nets wriggling in silvery fish glinting in the morning sun are raised from stilt platforms. Catch the colorful morning market in Hoian old town on return. Afternoon shoot w/ Viet gorgeous models clad in the quintessentially Vietnamese Ao Dai with yellow background of Hoian Town or shooting people in a small farming village. O/N at hotel in Hoi An

Day 4-12th August : Hoi An – Da Nang – fly to Nha Trang – Doc Let (B)

Sunrise shoot at lively fish trading market in Hoian. After breakfast at hotel, then will be a short drive to Da Nang and flight to the seaside resort of Nha Trang for lunch. Scenic drive north from Nha Trang to Doc Let. Free time this afternoon to explore the beach or catch up on your images. Free dinner at the hotel and to bed early to rest up for one of the most exciting shoots of the trip tomorrow. O/N at hotel in Doc Let

Day 5-13th August : Salt of the Earth – Doc Let – Phan Rang (B)

The salt ponds of Khanh Hoa are perhaps the most photogenic anywhere on earth. The scene of workers, salt and reflective pools is like a tropical arctic, and at its best borders on the surreal. Afternoon will find you at another great scene to the south, highlighted by fishing net weaving in a nearby village and a visit with a wonderful family of the now vanishing Cham tribe. O/N at hotel in Phan Rang

Day 6-14th August: Phan Rang – Nha Trang – Fly to Hanoi (B)

Later take an afternoon flight back to Hanoi for some street shooting in the old quarter, time permitting. O/N at hotel in Hanoi

Day 7-15th August: Hanoi – Mu Cang Chai (B,D)

After a good night’s sleep & breakfast in our lux Old Hanoi hotel & spa, it’s time to hit the stunningly beautiful mountains of the north with their seemingly endless rice terraces and array of colorful tribal peoples still living in the traditional ways. They include Red Dzao, Nung, Tay, Hmong, etc. This afternoon photograph one of the two most spectacular terrace valleys of legendary Mu Cang Chai, and their inhabitants. O/N at lodge in Mu Cang Chai

Day 8-16th August: Mu Cang Chai – Sapa (B)

Mu Cang Chai holds some of the most impressive rice terraces in the country and is listed as a Vietnam National Heritage site. Throughout the day, we will have plenty of occasions to observe the H’mong people going about their daily lives and working in the fields. This morning – not too early because of the mountains – photograph the second awesome rice terrace locations with Black Hmong and/or Red Dzao to add interest and scale. The scenic mountain road to Sapa also offers some excellent landscape opportunities plus exclusive (no tourists) visits to Lu tribe if the time is permitted. The day’s going to end with landscape & tribe’s people shooting at Muong Hoa valley. O/N at hotel in Sapa

Day 9-17th August: Sapa – Hanoi (B)

Sapa is the heart of the northern mountains, and it’s easy to see why with such a stunning location. Even though its growth over the years is largely due to tourism, we still love the place as a gorgeous respite with great food and a lot of charm. Plus it’s surrounded by myriad rice terraces and tribal villages! Morning shoot at the Vietnam’s most colorful tribal village of Red Dzao, followed by the scenic drive back to Hanoi. It will be tough to leave the remote area, but we must! Arrive back in Hanoi by mid-afternoon. Free time at our old quarter hotel. O/N at hotel in Hanoi

Day 10-18th August: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B,L,D)

After breakfast, we will depart for Ha Long Bay, one of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas and the world’s largest marine limestone ‘karts’ landscape. On arrival, embark the the luxury junk at harbor. Then to legendary Ha Long Bay sailing in picturesque luxury this afternoon amidst 3,000 karst limestone rock formations jutting from the emerald waters. A sumptuous lunch will be served whilst we cruise into the untouched Ha Long Bay with its thousands of extraordinarily shaped limestone islands, considered by the Vietnamese to be heaven on earth. O/N onboard on Halong Bay (B)

Day 11-19th August: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B,D)

Awake in your 4-star stateroom for sunrise on Ha Long Bay if your wish, or sleep in for a bit. On the shooting schedule this morning are fishermen casting nets from small boats, an interesting island cave, and of course the amazing, ever changing bay-scapes. Enjoy lunch served on deck on the return to the wharf. Then back to Hanoi. Farewell dinner at Vietnamese Restaurant in Hanoi O/N at hotel in Hanoi

Day 12-20th August: Hanoi – Departure

Free time to explore the capital city on your own till transfer to airport for departure flight. *END OF SERVICE*

Dates and Prices

Date: 09th August – 20th August
Cost: $3859
Group size: Min. 4 – Max. 8
Starting/ending point: Hanoi / Hanoi
Trip Leader: Diep Van
Cost includes: All the accommodation and meal as mention in the expeditions program (BLD), local English speaking guide, airport transfer and ground transportation.

Price is based on double occupancy: a single supplements of $380 will apply*
*Note: We will make every effort to connect you with a roommate should you like to share a room, however, if unable to make a match, the single supplements will be apply. During the stay in the remote part will try the best to find the most comfort.

A deposit of $1000 is required to hold your spot, balance is due 60 day prior to departure

Diep Van is a Vietnamese profestional & licensed local tour guide. He had been working in tourism field since 2006, With his knowledge about his country, Diep is a logistic master as well as fixer for any photo tour in Vietnam. Beside working in tourism, he started to invest in photography filed from 2016 as his hobby. On spare time, he usually traveling on his motorbike to research the best photogenic locations of country in different light’s condition through out of year.

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