Hai Van Pass: Photograph Vietnam's Exquisite Coastal Landscape
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Cross the iconic coastal mountain along the Hai Van Pass, before exploring life at Lang Co Lagoon

We set out at dawn from Danang and drive along the bay to the Hai Van Pass with some stops at a small local temple in the shape of a boat and a local beach to take photos of people doing their morning exercises. There are great scenic views all the way up to the pass, and we’ll be looking at how to compose these kinds of pictures to bring out the best in the landscape. We’ll stop at certain points to take photos, the first being an abandoned hotel that provides plenty of photographic opportunities at close quarters. 

At the top we will break for coffee to enjoy the vast scenery then explore ruins on top of Hai Van Pass. These ruins date from different time periods and paint a good picture of the history of Vietnam.  

Next stop is the fishing town of Lang Co. Here, we can find a fantastic little fishing community on the edge of the lagoon, where the locals use traditionally hand-woven coracle boats to bring in their catch. Now we’re looking at how to shoot relationship shots, telling a story about the people in their working environment, in this case a stunning subtropical lagoon.

Time to hit the road back up the Hai Van Pass. On the way up, we’ll capture magnificent landscapes overlooking Lang Co lagoon and beach. This must be one of the most spectacular coastal roads in the world and is worth enjoying it to the fullest.

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Selina O - Trip Advisor Review
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The photography experience was spectacular, the car and driver was prompt and the locations visited beautiful with many photography opportunities. Chris was an experienced and helpful guide who was able to help take excellent pictures along with being a genuine and well traveled person able to talk about many different aspects of the trip. The food locations visited were also very tasty and local with the frog being particularly delectable. 5 Stars!

Tour Information

Recommended Equipment

  • DSLR Camera or Film Camera
  • Memory Card
  • Fully Charged Battery
  • Wide angle & Zoom lens

What's included

  • Hotel Pick up & Drop Off
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • Breakfast (Vietnamese)
  • Transport
  • Professional Photographer Guide

What's not included

  • Gratuities

Tour Length

7.5hrs ( 5:30am – to 1pm)
Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 minutes prior to this time

Level of Difficulty

Moderate Physical activity (Walking)

Tour HIghlights

  • Hai Van Pass
  • Coastal Landscapes
  • The Pass Ruins
  • Wartime Bunkers
  • Lang Co Lagoon
  • Lang Co Church

Photography Highlights

  • Camera Settings
  • Lens Options
  • Travel Photography
  • Documentary Photography
  • Landscape Photography

Photography teaching

On a photo tour with us, your experience, images and development as a photographer are the priority. Tips to improve your pictures will be provided by our professional photographer guides throughout the tour, and we’ll have regular reviews. While enjoying a rich variety of photographic opportunities on tour, you’ll gain valuable insights on how to get the best out of your images, and how to take your skills to the next level.

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3-5 People


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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