Danang on the Waterfront - Vietnam in Focus - Photo Tours and Workshops

Photography Day Tours


Vietnam in Focus run acclaimed photography tours throughout Vietnam and Indochina.

On the Waterfront

Danang at dawn

Discover a fascinating part of Danang little-known to tourists while learning the fundamentals of travel and documentary photography.  We explore the city’s bustling waterfront as it wakes for the new day, and deep-sea trawlers bring in their overnight catch. Fishermen carry their haul in bamboo coracles to a small curve of beach, where a vibrant market awaits. On the horizon, traditional teakwood trawlers lay at anchor in the East Sea as the rising sun turns the sky gold. It’s a spectacular start to a unique photographic adventure, and we’ll be looking at composition for stunning landscapes, shooting in low-light, and how to capture people amidst busy activity. From seascapes and markets, our photographic focus turns to portraits of working life, as we head up to Danang port. We mingle with ice-loaders, and capture the rhythms of their sweat-drenched labour.  It all makes for an unforgettable adventure in Danang’s maritime heart, with stunning pictures to document it.

Danang Photography Day Tour and Workshop

What to Expect

Danang’s waterfront at dawn is a mad foray of fish mongers and fishermen hauling their overnight catch up on to the beach direct to market. Sunrise tops off the scene as the early morning rays hit the coastline to semi illuminate the action that surrounds you. Low light photography is a lot of fun and fantastic technical skill to learn. A wide angle lens would be the ideal companion for this bonanza, but a good zoom lens will do justice to the amazing portrait opportunities as you get up close and personal with the locals.

Moving into the Docs you’ll get a real insight into the working life in the Ice factory and the boat yards as craftsmen are busy at their jobs. Expect some fantastic action shots and portraits of workers and moving machinery

Tour HighlightsPhotographic Highlights

Beachside Fish Market
Danang Harbour
Ice Factory
Ship Builders

Camera Settings
Lens Options
Street Photography
Documentary Photography
Story Boarding
Context and Relationships
Low Light Photography

Tour Length: Morning 5:30am till 10am
Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 minutes prior to this time

Level of Difficulty: Moderate Physical activity (Walking)Half

What’s IncludedWhat’s Excluded

Non-alcoholic beverages
Professional Photographer Guide


Recommended Equipment

Digital Camera or Film Camera
Memory Cards
Wide angle or Zoom lens
Fully Charged Battery (spare batteries if available)


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I did this tour last minute in Da Nang and was one of the best 4 am wake ups i ever did, greeted by Cristian Sorega, he was so knowledgeable and helpful, got so much love and respect for him he took my photography up a few levels and always on hand to give advise, still keep in touch with him now!

Per person


Per Person


Per Person
3-5 People

All Tours with Vietnam in Focus are Private. 


All photos are taken on tour by previous guests and tour guides

Tour FAQ's

In the event of forecasted heavy rain, we’ll contact you to reschedule or cancel the tour and give you a full refund.  If it’s early morning and raining heavily, our guide will call you on the phone number you gave us to discuss options for postponement or cancellation.  In the event of cancellation we’ll issue a full refund.

Yes, you can.  We have a Nikon DSLR available to rent for $30 per tour including free memory card.  Please enquire on booking.

Yes, you do.  Vietnam in Focus is not liable to pay any costs associated with injury etc on our tours.

Yes, they can.  Costs (or free joining) depend on each tour, so please enquire on booking.

Yes, you can.  People often join our tours using film cameras.  You may not be able to edit in camera, but the composition tips are still basically the same.

Yes, you can.  Smartphone cameras are pretty amazing nowadays.

Training or guidance will be provided by our photographers throughout the tour. Our guides will tailor your learning experience depending on your interest, style and experience from amateurs to professionals we can provide simple techniques to improve your photography, gain further knowledge of your camera and lenses, as well as develop your photographic eye to capture that amazing shot.

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Customize Your Photography Experience

Our unparalleled knowledge of travel and culture in Vietnam, and where and when to get the best shots, mean we are experts in designing tailormade photo tours.  We have planned and run tours for everyone from professional photographers on a mission to amateurs who want to get to know their cameras better on an adventure.  Each person and group is different, so once you’ve completed the few questions below, expect to answer a few more before we can create your ideal photographic adventure.

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